Dog Fest set for Sunday on Coosa

Published 4:55pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Alabama Siberian Huskey Rescue and the Coosa Riverkeeper will hold the 2013 Coosa River Dog Fest at the Coosa Outdoor Center, Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for the public.
April Mitchem, founder of the Alabama Siberian Huskey Rescue, said the event is venue for dogs and their owners to get some outdoor recreational time.
“People are so busy and often stressed that they don’t spend nearly enough time in recreation,” she said. “This often means their dogs aren’t getting enough exercise or interaction either. We wanted to promote people spending time with their pets, doing something fun and interesting for humans and dogs alike.”
Mitchem said that there will be several fun, interactive activities planned, and booths will be set up to educate owners on the importance of exercising their four-legged family members. And what better place to get active than the Coosa Outdoor Center.
“The Coosa Outdoor Center has been wonderful to us, donating the use of their space along the Coosa River for our event,” said Mitchem. “There is a great place for humans and dogs to wade in the river, and we will host a Puppy Paddle for those interested in learning to paddle the river with their dogs. This will be a guided paddle.
“Well exercised and mentally stimulated dogs are better behaved, more relaxed, and the best companions. By hosting this event, we hope to encourage more people to get outdoors with their dogs, to try new activities, and to just have lots of fun.”
Alongside the Alabama Siberian Huskey Rescue, Bama Bully Rescue, Helping Shepherds of Every Color, Humane Society of Elmore County, and Prattville Autauga Humane Shelter will be on site as well.
Vendors Thirty One representative, Pet Partners fence solutions, For Healthy Pets, AVRAL (Alabama Voter’s for Responsible Animal Legislation) and Leigh’s Lotus Photography will also be in attendance.
The Dog Fest will be offering $25 microchip placement that will be administered at Taylor Crossing Animal Clinic in Montgomery.
Mitchem said she hopes everyone will come join in on the fun on the river Sunday.
“We hope all dog lovers will join us with their furry friends–all dog breeds welcome if leashed, vaccinated, and friendly.”

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