“We encourage families to bring their pets and create some great memories,” says Michael Zehnder, Dog Bowl event chairman. “With or without a dog, you’ll have a great time enjoying these dog Olympics.”
Whether it’s watching dogs nearly break world records at the DockDogs Distance Diving Competition, rocking with the Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team or enjoying Silly Pet Tricks, young, old and everyone in between will find something to enjoy at this year’s event. Dog Bowl 2014 is a free family event, featuring more than 20 activities for canine athletes.
On Saturday, May 24, Dog Bowl will welcome Dr. Jan Pol, star of Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 show, “The Incredible Dr. Pol.” Billed by the cable network as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian,”
This year’s Dog Bowl events include:
Barn Hunt Event has been added to this year’s Dog Bowl, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like”
Wiener Dog Races will be heldfor the hottest little hounds in town. Over 200 dogs are anticipated at races to be held on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the River Place Stage area. All wiener dogs are welcome. Bring your dog and register at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
DockDogs Distance Diving competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Several world records were nearly broken during last year’s competition!
Disc Dog competitions, considered by many spectators as the highlight event of the weekend, will be expanded this year. Two World Qualifying Disc Dog Competitions will take place. On May 24, the Skyhoundz U.S. Open Qualifier takes place. For more information, go to www.skyhoundz.com. May 25 brings the Ashley Whippet Invitational. Find information at www.ashleywhippet.com. Over 80 dogs will compete between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.as they demonstrate a variety of amazing skills; some set to music, while other challenges are for distance and speed. Judges score on the originality and skill of both the dog and the handler.
Border Collie sheep herding demonstrations return for the fifth year, taking place both Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon and 4 p.m. The demonstrator selects children from the audience to attempt to herd sheep better than one Border Collie. Various Border Collies will demonstrate their skill set and instincts for the audience as they control and move a herd of sheep within a six-acre fenced area.
The Third Annual Canine Cruise will be rolling down the Cass River. This relaxing event allows the public to experience a Frankenmuth Riverboat tour on the Bavarian Belle paddlewheel boat with their pets. The cruise departs on Saturday only at 10 a.m. Tickets are $3 per person, and dogs ride free.
Watch the Annual Pet Parade as canines hit the pavement with their owners Saturday at 1 p.m. Better yet, join the parade with your dog. The parade starts in the south entrance parking lot of River Place and travels north on Main Street, then east over the Wooden Covered Bridge and ends at the east parking lot. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs and view the parade from sidewalks along the route.
After the Saturday parade, enter your dog into The Best Canine Costume Contest. This entertaining event blends the “creativity”
Turn your dog into a stage star. Dog owners have the opportunity to show off to the public the unique (silly) tricks they have taught their canine at the Silly Pet Tricks event 2 p.m. Sunday. Dog owners can sign up on site.
Experience the Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team as they perform tricks, relay racing, limbo competitions and choreographed obedience routings and more – all to a Rock ‘N’ Roll musical show. Performance times are Saturday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Is your dog fast? Sign up on site for the 25 Yard Small Doggie Fun Run Race taking place on Saturday at 3 p.m. or the 50 Yard Big Doggie Fun Run Race on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. is the Doggie Dash De Lure Races. Watch professionally trained dogs race through an obstacle course chasing a lure pulled by ropes and pulleys for the fastest times. And if your dog likes to chase squirrels, then they can attempt the course, too.
Returning this year will be the Agility Course with demonstrations and various competitions daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in trying their “paw” at agility courses are welcome and will have the opportunity to be instructed by professional trainers.
More than 20 dog rescue agencies from across Michigan will be attending and looking for homes for many of their “prized pooches.”
Dog Bowl 2014 will also host 40 exhibitors offering unique pet related products and services, inflatable games for children, and face painting for a small fee.