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Mason “Goes To The Dogs”!! Is That A Bad Thing?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008

If you’re a dog owner, like I am, I’m sure you’ve questioned the expression “it’s a dog’s life,” meant to express something bad. That expression usually enters my mind when I’m “scooping” the yard, or perhaps when I trek off to Sam’s while Big and Limo lounge on the couch chewing pig ears. For my dog, I’m the chef, chauffeur, nurse, and resident dog-walker. However, during every illness and even an occasional bad mood, the “dynamic duo” have been cuddly, sympathetic company, which was a whole lot cheaper than therapy. Because I refuse to “get a life,” after much struggle and many treats/threats/bribes, I have joined the ranks of People Who Have Taught Their Dogs To Do Something. Although my 14-year-old son just shakes his head and walks away, muttering, “lame,” I thought it was so cute how I taught the dogs to sit across together across the room while I filled up their food dishes that it’s now the wallpaper on my cell phone. Luckily, however, I am not alone. According to the American Kennel Club, in October in Texas alone, there are 80 different events for people to compete in dog obedience. Multiply the number of classes times approximately 30 entries per class, and 2400 people are showing what they have taught their dogs to do, just in Texas, just in October 2008.

Although Old Yeller Day, Saturday, October 4, 2008, is primarily a “dog event,” it actually has something for everybody. Crafts, face painting, games, the ever-popular bobbing for apples, a bake sale, a bake-off contest, live entertainment, adoptable pets from our local shelter, a pet food drive, refreshments, and many ways for people meet and greet and show off their “fur kids.”

So If you’re willing to proudly join the roster of People Who Have Taught Their Dogs Something (besides “going” outside), come enter the Pet Tricks contest at Old Yeller Day. Dog knows nothing but is totally cute? Best costume’s the event for you. Yellow labs can enter the Old Yeller look-alike contest, for creative types there’s the owner-pet lookalike contest. The events begin at 9 a.m., so get there approximately 8:30 to register for any of 4 contests. Prizes will be awarded! A pet parade (many in costume) around the square kicks off Old Yeller Day events, this year held on the wonderful, SHADY courthouse square instead of hot, hot hot Heritage Park, so remember, (and ignore the banners) that Old Yeller has moved downtown!

So join the fun on Saturday, October 4th on the courthouse square. All proceeds benefit our wonderful library, and last year 8 dogs got adopted from the animal shelter. Horses are still available as well, if people are interested, and all pet food contributions are welcome. Remember, if events like this are part of a “dog’s life,” it’s all good!

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