Last ‘dog day’ of summer celebrated in Lancaster County
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – As summer winds down and the weather cools, the time to truly enjoy the outdoors with your four-legged friends begins to dwindle. However, there is one more day being celebrated across the country for dog owners to enjoy on every level.
Each year, the American Kennel Club celebrates Responsible Dog Ownership Day. The event is organized by over 5,000 affiliated clubs, including the Lancaster Kennel Club. The club celebrates in conjunction with the Amos Herr Community Festival and Lancaster County Pet Magazine.
So, what exactly is Responsible Dog Owner Day? “This is a day focused on education and interaction with other dog owners,” said Dave Martin, president of the Lancaster Kennel Club. “We have over 80 members in Lancaster and the Midstate who collectively own over 56 different breeds. It’s a great opportunity for members and non-members to spend time building relationships and learning new things.
One of the pillars of the event is the focus on education, which comes in many different forms. “We help you find the right breed, find the right trainer. We will have demonstrations on record capture, local students will be doing perfume demonstrations, there will be search and rescue operations with bloodhounds, ”Martin said. “We have a partnership with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit where we actually help them get dogs and gear for them. They will also be present. ”
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The event is for everyone, and the same goes for the dogs. “You don’t have to be a member to participate, anyone can attend. Martin said. “What makes it really special is the fact that this is one of the biggest gatherings of dog breeds where you can get up close and personal with them in a relaxed and open setting. ”
For Martin, the event is a celebration of the special bond with man’s best friend. “The best part for me is understanding that dogs make life good. They care about us so much, it’s constant and unconditional. To have a day where we give it back to them and see it with so many others is really special, ”said Martin.
Lancaster Kennel Club Responsible Dog Owners Day will be held next to the petanque grounds at Amos Herr Park in Landisville on Sunday, September 19 from approximately noon to 3:30 p.m. Entrance to the fair is free. Parking donations are requested from festival-goers. You can see the full list of events and when they are taking place via the link here.