Ferndale going to the dogs with ‘Fido Does Ferndale’

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 18, 2017

FERNDALE — While the dogs days of summer are over, it will be a dog’s day in downtown Ferndale this week.

Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority is putting on Fido Does Ferndale from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, on West Nine Mile Road. The event will be headquartered near Schiffer Park, which is next to Planavon Street.

The event will feature a K-9 treasure hunt, where participants will get a map of participating businesses to find treats for their dogs. There also will be a Pooch Parade and dog contests, while other local businesses will be having dog-related events as well.

“We know we have a dog-loving and pet-friendly, loving community,” DDA Operations Manager Cindy Willcock said. “It’s also a good way to then drive those pet lovers into the downtown to be able to showcase the businesses — the businesses that support those pet owners.”

The sidewalks on Nine Mile also will be lined with vendors offering dog-related items and services, such as organic foods, boarding, grooming and pet-sitting. There also will be several local pet rescues and adoption agencies in attendance for people looking to adopt a dog of their own.

“We recognize that we’re a pet-friendly community and a pet-friendly downtown. A lot of the businesses have patios where pets are welcome; they put out water dishes, they provide treats. So it was just a way to bring all those pet lovers downtown and be able to celebrate them and celebrate our businesses,” Willcock said.

Mayor Dave Coulter said the event has been very successful because, while most of their events are focused on people, this is one that is focused on the city’s four-legged friends. 

“They seem to love it and so do their owners,” he said.

Coulter also noted that the event does its job in terms of bringing people to the downtown. 

“We have stores downtown with pet supplies and things that might be of interest to pet owners, and so it’s an opportunity (to) reach that part (of the community),” he said.