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Dogs Lovers Days showcase agility, ability and skills
of our canine friends

By Liz Dadson

www.kincardinetimes.com

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Stephanie Clarke (L) of Milton introduces "Charlie Brown" to Declan Farrell, 19 months, and his mother, Mandy, of Kincardine, following the Darn Good Dogs agility show at Dog Lovers Days held June 21-22 at Connaught Park, Kincardine



These two dogs perform mirror images, while concentrating on their handlers, in the Darn Good Dogs agility show



Dogs compete in the Darn Good Dogs agility course



Stephanie Clarke (L) encourages "Charlie Brown" through the course in the Darn Good Dogs agility course



Team Great (L) versus Team Awesome in the Darn Good Dogs agility course

The first weekend of the summer was far from a "dog-day" afternoon if you were at Connaught Park, Kincardine.

There, the canine was king as a variety of events showcased the animals' agility, ability and skills, throughout Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22.

The weather was perfect as dogs of every description, came to the park where they and their owners could enjoy several delightful shows, including the Ulti-Mutts dog-tricks, the Darn Good Dogs agility course, and the Doggie Fun Zone, as well as the best-dressed dog contest, and a good number of vendors and displays.

The family-oriented event also offered a kids' bouncy castle and jousting, face-painting, and food concessions.

Dog owners and spectators were especially captivated by the Doggie Fun Zone which featured a "lure" that attracted each dog through an obstacle course. Some dogs caught on quickly and tore through the course, while others were more interested in checking out the other dogs.

Following the Darn Good Dogs show and the Ulti-Mutts show, youngsters were able to get up close and personal with the extensively-trained dogs.

It was an incredible weekend with a moderate turn-out for an inaugural event.

Proceeds will be shared amongst the Kincardine Skating Club, the Kinetic Knights Robotics Team, and the Kincardine Girl Guides.

For more photos of Dog Lovers Days, check the Kincardine Girl Guides Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kincardinegirlguides

Melissa Millett of London urges "Bella" along as she walks the tightrope in the Ulti-Mutts show

"Bella" performs in the Ulti-Mutts show, with trainer Melissa Millett

With encouragement from Melissa Millett (R), "Sophie" (L) pushes "Bella" on the bike in the Ulti-Mutts show

Ryan McCuaig, 11, of Kitchener, a cottager at Bruce Beach, holds "Bella," star of the Ulti-Mutts show

Poppy Finner (L), 6, of Kincardine has her face painted like a cheetah by Erica Bentley of Guelph

Raven Sharpe (L), 15, of Kincardine and Broder Currie, 15, of Walkerton compete in the jousting



"Fox," a three-legged dog, shows his skills at Darn Good Dogs agility show

Lynne Bradley (R) of Burlington and "Woody" greet Lucien McDonald, 8, of Durham, after the agility show

"Macy" jumps 4'4" at the Darn Good Dogs agility show

Rod Shanks keeps an eye on "Chara" as she dashes through the Doggie Fun Zone course

Mike Smith of Kincardine and "Parker" complete the course in the Doggie Fun Zone

Michael Strader (L) and Gregory Dadson of the Kinetic Knights Robotics team, drive the robot as it shoots a ball into a protected area

Liz Dadson



Geraldine Graham (R) of Bowmanville, originally of Kincardine, and "Tenley London" in a dashing Scottish outfit, win first in the best-dressed dog competition at Dog Lovers Days in Kincardine, June 21-22



Deanna Martin of Kincardine and "Ella," dressed as a hot dog, take second prize



Kathy Soloduka of Kincardine and "Shylah," dressed as a baby, win third prize



Arielle Brouwer of Underwood and "Tink," dressed as an octopus, take fourth prize



Alyssa Jane Levangie, 16, months, of Kincardine enjoys the bouncy castle at Dog Lovers Days; she was there with her grandparents, Jim and Joan Levangie



Jane Rigby of Kincardine with St. John Ambulance therapy dogs, "Pete" (L) and "Tekki"



"Allie," owned by Mary Ritter, soars off the A-frame in the Doggie Fun Zone



Wayne Strachan of Kitchener keeps "Charlotte" on track in the Doggie Fun Zone



"Cleo," owned by Steph Thompson of Kincardine, dashes through the Doggie Fun Zone course



"James Bond," owned by Lee and Ruth Rebalko of the Doggie Fun Zone, soars off the A-frame at the end of the course



"Jem," also owned by Lee and Ruth Rebalko of the Doggie Fun Zone, leaps off the A-frame in pursuit of the lure



Gregory Dadson (R) of the Kinetic Knights Robotics team (FRC Team 781), assists Liam Laverty, 3, of Scarborough, a cottager at Bruce Beach, in driving the robot at Dog Lovers Days, June 21-22, in Connaught Park


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