Paws in the Park and a Show to the South


If you’re a dog owner, there aren’t too many things that are more fun and relaxing than taking your fur-partner to the park for a little R&R. Throw a little ball, romp a little romp, discover a new ridiculous thing your dog wants to do to make you laugh. What could be better?

How about 5,000 people like you and dogs like yours, all groovin’ to some live local bands, at the 7th Annual Pet Rock in the Park? As usual, the fracas takes place at Deering Oaks (north side of Park Ave) on Sunday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission, of course, is free. Canines will be the center point, with pet-themed crafts, demonstrations, available adoptable dogs, and the just-plain-fun company of the dog-loving multitudes. But humans will be overjoyed as well, with the ‘Rock’ part of the festival to include bands like Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Substitutes, and more. Not to mention plenty of great food trucks and stalls for filling bellies. Best of all, as organizers tell us, the whole shebang will go toward taking a ‘bite’ out of animal cancers.


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But that’s not all. Head over to the first-ever Kennebunk Center Dog Show at the Kennebunk Center for Health & Rehabilitation (158 Ross Rd) on Thursday, August 31 at 2 p.m. It’s pretty low-impact. Dogs will be judged on criteria like Crowd Favorite, Waggiest Tail, and Most Energetic. Also, take a pic with your mutt in the donation-based photo booth. If you want to enter your dog in the competition, the fee is $5 and the deadline is Thursday, August 24. All animal immunization records are due with the registration form. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk. Even if you don’t take home a prize, this to-do is a guaranteed story to tell the other dog lovers in your life. So strap ‘em in and drive!


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