Last week I gathered the usual suspects and we all headed to Kirkland, WA for the festivities at the Go Dog, Go! Canine Festival.
I would say this event wasn’t a ton bigger than Poochapalooza but it did feel like there was a lot more to see there. The highlights included a stop by the Planet Pup booth, a stop by Amore Grace to check on Gretel’s pretty jacket and a visit to the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue (the place we adopted Gretel from) booth.
We have been friends with Planet Pup, a local company where you can find unique, all natural, eco-friendly pet gifts, for months now and met them for the first time at Poochapalooza. We stopped by again for a friendly chat and our free organic cookies. Those ladies are always so nice.
On the way to the Amore Grace (the tutu and pretty jacket lady) booth I came across a local photographer, Alyssa Rose Photography, offering a 30-minute in-studio photo shoot for $30 (regularly $125). I thought it would be fun to get some studio shots of Chester and Gretel so I signed us up. With our upcoming vacation and visit from my friend living in China I had to squeeze the appointment in the next morning before I was scheduled to meet my friend Lisa to watch her try on wedding gowns.
Over at the Amore Grace tent I was disappointed to hear that she hadn’t been able to get Gretel’s pretty jacket done for me. Although I couldn’t take it home with us, she did have an example of the jacket on display so I could show my friends. Grace said she had a couple of photographers lined up and as soon as her and her intern could finish all of the tutus and bow ties she would get a hold of me about setting up a mass weiner dog model shoot. Yay! I am so excited.
I heard that Motley Zoo Animal Rescue was going to be there and they wanted us to stop by. I searched and searched for them but finally found them as one of the last booths we stopped at. It was so fun because the girl who started the rescue and her boyfriend where there, as well as the woman who fostered Gretel before I got her. They were all so excited to see Gretel and kept commenting on how great she looked and how glad they were she found a home with us. I am sure they say that to all their adopters but it did make me feel good and proud of what Gretel has become.
The biggest disappointment at the event was the doggie costume contest. We really wanted to watch it but , although it was scheduled from 1030 to 11am, when we got there at 1036 they were just finishing up. I did manage to snap a few photos of the contestants as they were running off though. From what I can tell it was the dog dressed up as the Queen from Alice in Wonderland (I think) that won. Her owner was the last one hanging around the stage area and there was guy there with a video camera interviewing her.
Missing the contest was a disappointment but it wasn’t even a blip on our fun radar screen. I think this festival was the best doggie festival we have been to so far this year.
The fun didn’t end at the festival either. After the festival we headed off to the Luther Burbank off-leash dog park (review to come later) to enjoy the 80 degree weather we were having and to let the dogs romp around for a couple of hours. I am beginning to sound like a broken record but “boy, were they tired when we were done”. Just the way we like em’ 🙂