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Doggies get their day on Sunday

Cheryl Rogers gets a high five from Sunny for helping organize Doggy Fun Day, which will be held in the south field at Queen
Cheryl Rogers gets a high five from Sunny for helping organize Doggy Fun Day, which will be held in the south field at Queen's Park on Sunday.

If you're a dog, pretty much every day is a fun day.

So getting a chance to hang with your canine coterie, showing off your latest tricks or bobbing for wieners is about as good as life gets.

Sunday, up to 200 dogs and their owners will descend upon Queen's Park for the 15th annual Doggy Fun Day.

The event started out as a private party to reunite dogs that had been adopted out by the Royal City Humane Society. But it has grown over the years to include canines from communities across Metro Vancouver who bring their owners for a day filled with crazy competitions, doggy demonstrations and informative displays.

"Dogs are allowed to be dogs," said organizer Cheryl Rogers of the Volunteer Education and Assistance Team for Animals (VEATA). "The owners get the fun of watching dogs make new friends."

The dogs come in all breeds and sizes, from high strung chihuahuas to drooling mastiffs. Which can make for some pretty interesting combinations, especially when it comes to the dog-owner lookalike contest, said Rogers.

The partying pooches will also be able to enjoy the egg spoon race, the seven-legged race which involves two humans tied together at the leg being led by their four-legged companion, and, of course, tricks. To fuel their fun the dogs will be able to enjoy a piece of liver cake.

But the highlight of the day has to be the wiener bobbing competition, said Rogers. So many dogs want to participate they have to work their way through qualifying heats and elimination rounds. By the time the field is whittled down to the top dogs, "they're all so quick, if you blink you'll miss it," said Rogers of their high speed hot dog hunger.

There's also an educational component to the day said Rogers.

Dogs and their humans can learn about doggy agility and freestyle doggy dancing. Potential dog owners can learn about the various breeds, how they interact with other dogs and people, as well as some of the community resources available to help them become responsible pet parents.

"The idea is to educate by showing people," said Rogers. "It's a soft way to show how to interact with their pet."

Doggy Fun Day runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the south field near the off-leash park. The event goes on even if it rains, in which case it will be called Soggy Doggy Fun Day.





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