Tails will be wagging this Sunday, July 31st ,at the second annual Dog Days of Summer in Salisbury. The annual event hosted by Tails and Tub’s Self-Service Dog Wash (810 Beaglin Park Drive, next to Old West Steak House) benefits the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life fundraising dog walk.
If you've heard about research using dogs to literally 'sniff out' cancer, you can learn more from special speaker Gary Beauchamp. He's a leading expert and researcher in the study and will talk about this cutting-edge area of cancer research. That's at 9am.
A full day of canine friendly activities follows, starting with the fundraising Bark for Life dog walk. Pets and owners – both individuals and teams – can register on-site (or at www.relayforlife.org/barkwicomico) . They leave the lot at Tails and Tubs at 810 Beaglin Park Dr. (next to Old West Steak House) at 9:30am for a 2-mile stroll to the Salisbury Dog Park in the city park and back.
Games and contests for dogs and their human friends will run continuously from 10-2:30. There are the “look like your dog” and “dog cookie eating” contests: including musical chairs, Simon says, and “red light, green light” played with dogs. Prizes will also be awarded for “silly pet tricks” and “best face licker.”Another special attraction is the pets and people "kissing booth."
The very popular K-9 Police Dog Demonstration is scheduled for 1:30pm. A bounce house (humans only), provided by Ace Hardware, will be available all day as will face painters. The Little Kickers karate demonstration team will perform at 11:30, and Voodoo Illusions Magic Show is scheduled for 12:30.
Two raffles an hour give participants chances to win door prizes from area merchants like Williams Market, Farmers and Planters, L.O.R.A. (Locally Owned Restaurant Association), Layton’s Chance and Bordeleau Wineries, Weeping Willow Kennels, and others.
“Dog Days” historically refers to the hottest and most uncomfortable time of the year. To keep people and pets cool during the event, Real Property Maintenance Heating and Cooling has constructed a unique “cooling pavilion” which will spray water mist on everyone passing under and around it.
Vendors with products serving the canine community include: Invisible Fence, Elite Imagery Professional Pet Portraits, Pets ER, Delmarva Unleashed Magazine, Jet Carpet Cleaning, ScatzNDogs pet waste removal systems, Great Expectation Great Dane Rescue, and Signs of Comfort Pet Memorials. Other supporters of the event on hand include: Coldwell Banker Real Estate, PNC Bank, Signs by Tomorrow, and Matice Interactive.
There will be plenty of food and refreshments to eat (and share with your dog). Flannery’s BBQ, Common Grounds coffee and smoothies, and others will have cool drinks and snacks. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to Bark for Life.