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August 21, 2011

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On August 13th, 2011, we participated in a pet event called Tails on the Trails at Ad Astra Park & Pool in Lenexa, Kansas.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon.  There weren’t as many vendors or as many visitors this year as compared to last, but it was still a fun and successful event.

We had a table there to sell our pet auto safety products, but there were lots of other things going on besides pet vendors selling products.  The part which my dog Maya liked best was the swimming in the pool.  Yep, that’s right, dogs got to swim in the public pool for the day!

At about 11:00, the Tails on the Trails event hosted pet contests.  Visitors to the event got to enter their dogs in contests such as biggest dog, smallest dog, best trick, best kisser, and so on.  I entered Maya in the best trick contest.  She did her little turn-around trick on four legs and the same trick on her two hind legs.  I couldn’t get her to do the one on her two hind legs as well as she does it at home (probably the distraction of all the people and dogs), but she did okay and got third place.  First and second places went to dogs who did multiple tricks in a row.  All the participants did a great job!

At about 12:30 there was a pet parade.  The parade consisted of owners and their dogs walking around the park.  It wasn’t too exciting but it was good exercise.  I let my friend walk Maya in the parade.

After that, the local police officers did a demonstration with their police dogs (see photo above).  Their dogs are Belgian Malinois dog breeds and they are super smart and very well-behaved.  One dog demonstrated the finding of drugs and another one of the dogs demonstrated taking down a suspect (pictured below).

The very last thing of the day was the dock diving practice for the Lenexa k-9 team.  There are national competitions for dock diving dogs and they need to get their practice somewhere.  I had to tend my booth so I was unable to watch.

There are all sorts of pet events all over the country.  Most benefit a pet organization.  If you didn’t make it to this pet event, check your local animal shelter and rescue group organizations for other events.

We are part of another pet event on September 17th at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas, called the Paws in the Park.  And another event on October 8th at Southpark in Lawrence, Kansas, called Dogtoberfest.  We hope to see you there!

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One Response to “Our Day at the Tails on the Trails Pet Event”

  1. MalamuteMom:

    I bet that was an awesome demonstration. It’s one thing to see it on TV but even better to be sitting right there watching. Belgian Malinois are super smart dogs.