Barktoberfest is Coming!

For fantastic furry fun, come join Bandon’s dogs and their people this Saturday, October 25 at the 3rd annual Barktoberfest fundraiser, an Animal Shelter Aide event, happening at the Bandon True Value on Highway 101, outdoors in their fenced and landscaped yard.

Barktoberfest, benefiting the Coos County Animal Shelter, begins with a The Doggie Run, a fun run/walk starting at 9:00 from Bandon True Value and going down to and around the City Park and back again. Registration is $10 for an individual or $30 for a team of 4.  Register ahead of time at the Bandon True Value, or register on the day of beginning at 8:30 at True Value.  Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet.  The winner will be treated to a six-month supply of Canidae dog food.

Other fun begins at 9:00 with vendors and artisans, including hand-made birdhouses and specialty pet food and treats.  The Animal Shelter Aide sponsored on-site adoption event begins at the same time; pets from the shelter will be there until 3:00 hoping that yours will be their forever home.  The silent auction also runs from 9-3 where you can get some early Christmas shopping done while benefiting the shelter.

From 10-10:30, after the runners and walkers have returned, plan for you and your pooch to participate in the Dog Fun ‘N’ Games, and then be prepared for the costume contest from 10:30-11.  Points are given for originality, humor, and best dressed.  Another Dog Fun ‘N’ Games session will happen from 11:45-12:15.

Dianne Sipe, pet groomer, trainer, accupressure therapist and masseuse of Best Paw Forward, will demonstrate training techniques from 11:45-12:15, and then pet owners can learn about healthy food choice options for their animal companions from 12:15-12:45.

Have you heard that dogs and their people start looking alike?  If you think this describes you and your dog, or if you’re curious to see this first hand, don’t miss the Dog/Owner Look Alike Contest from 12:45-1:15 to enter or see dogs and their owners who dress alike or look alike. Stick around for the next half hour from 1:15-1:45 to learn some basic massage
techniques you can do at home from Dianne Sipe to help strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.

The final event of the day is one of the favorites, the Dog King and Queen Coronation, beginning at 1:45.  All dogs have a chance to be crowned, but dogs and their people must be present to win.  All contest participants will be entered in a drawing for the royal titles, and winners will get their picture on next year’s Barktoberfest sweatshirt.

Other fun events will include a dog parade, face painting, vendors, a doggy kissing booth, free hot dogs (for human consumption), BARK Search and Rescue demonstrations, and more.

The Coos County Animal Shelter’s mission is to provide temporary shelter for lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals; provide adoption services; educate the public; protect public safety and animal welfare by enforcing Oregon’s anti-cruelty and animal control laws.  They have pets available for adoption and are always looking for donations, sponsors, and volunteers.

For more information about the day’s festivities, call the Bandon True Value at 541-347-2506, and for more information on animal adoptions, call Trish Lehosit at 541-297-3057.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have some great fun with your family and pet while raising money for the Coos County Animal Shelter!

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