Sylva’s Bark in the Park is Oct. 6 in Sylva

Enjoy a day with your dog at the annual “Bark in the Park” to be held on Sunday, Oct.6, 1-5 at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring this event in conjunction with the American Kennel Club’s “Responsible Dog Ownership Day.”

A low cost microchip clinic ($20 per dog) and an ID station will be among the features this year. Proceeds from this and the club’s raffle will go to Jackson County Advocates for Animals, a non-profit group who helps those in need with vet bills or other pet-related expenses.

Admission is free, but the public is requested to please bring donated canned or kibble dog and cat food. This food collected will be donated to Meal on Wheel recipients for their pets!

Songbug Enterprises with Jeanne Naber will emcee the event that will kick off at one with agility demos, so get there early.

Joe Parham of Candler will bring sheep and his talented border collie to show the remarkable teamwork between human and dog. The event will include a yearly favorite, flying disc dogs and their owners, Bob and Donna Bradley, who will be on hand to demo, and allow your dog to try this sport with their guidance.

Another demo to be enjoyed is the popular “barn hunt” where dogs are asked to find rats hidden among hay bales. (The rats are safely held in tubes). Plan on meeting area K-9 officer Jamie Hyatt of the Sylva Police Department. She will put her partner, Don, a Belgian Malinois, to task showing his training to aid law enforcement in dangerous duties.

Therapy dog teams from Haywood County will be on hand. Plan on entering the ever popular costume contest, and there will be other contests, including “best trick” and “best kisser” The club will be testing for AKC Trick Dog Titles.

This event will also play host to vendors and area humane societies and rescue organizations. You will surely find something you want to bid on at the kennel club’s huge raffle.

Kids 6 and under; bring you own “plush toy dog” and participate in the “Kid’s Itty Bitty Plush Dog Show! There will be plush dogs there waiting for any child who may want to “foster” one for this event. A & P Roadside Eats from Franklin, NC will offer delicious concessions during the event.

Bleacher seating is available, or bring your lawn chair. Come enjoy a “dog-gone great time” at the Bark in the Park. Bring your well-behaved dog on a leash (no flexies, please!) and join in the fun! Just make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccines.

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