Memorial Park goes to the dogs this weekend for animal-friendly event

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 30, 2015

 Paws in the Park Royal Oak will showcase adoptable dogs on-site to allow interested individuals to begin the pet adoption process. The dog-themed event will take place in Memorial Park Oct. 3 and 4.

Paws in the Park Royal Oak will showcase adoptable dogs on-site to allow interested individuals to begin the pet adoption process. The dog-themed event will take place in Memorial Park Oct. 3 and 4.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce

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ROYAL OAK — Memorial Park is going to the dogs this weekend during the 2015 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The family-friendly event celebrating everything furry and Fido will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 inside the park, which is located at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

“It’s all dogs, all day, so if you love dogs, then come on out,” said Jennifer Clark, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce director of events and communications.

Highlights of the happening — sponsored through a cooperative effort between the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and Street Marketing — will include entertainment, adoptions, food and shopping for dogs and their owners.

One of the featured entertainers will be Disc Dogs of Michigan and its high-flying canine show in which dogs snatch flying discs out of the air while doing a backflip or taking a flying leap.

Scott Jones, from Disc Dogs of Michigan, said that on Saturday, Disc Dogs will host a competition called “UpDog Challenge.” He said the challenge would be made up of a variety of one-round disc dog games and would be open to anyone who would like to register.

“On Sunday, we will be hosting the DDOM High Flying Dog Show,” Jones said. “Our show offers high-flying Frisbee dogs, high-speed agility racing, tricks, crowd participation and a whole lot of family fun.”

Event organizers said Paws in the Park participants may enjoy a high-energy performance from the Rock N Roll K9’s, which will present 45-minute agility shows to popular rock ’n’ roll jams. Three shows will be presented daily featuring a variety of dog breeds. Children in attendance will be invited to participate in the shows.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Clark said. “And people can bring their dogs.”

Attendees may bring their four-legged friends to the event on leashes that are 6 feet long or shorter. The event area will be enclosed with snow fencing to ensure pet safety.

There will be plenty of opportunities for the dogs to participate in Paws in the Park, including Running for the Pugs, wiener dog races and a look-alike contest. Other contests during the event will include silly pet tricks and a Halloween costume contest. 

Registration for the events will take place each day, and the winners will receive prizes donated by sponsors and exhibitors. Participants are encouraged to come early to register. The park will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for registration only.

Vendors and exhibitors will be at the park for topics such as pet nutrition, obedience training, pet care and grooming, and the latest fashions and pet products.

Organizers said several organizations will have adoptable dogs on-site to allow interested individuals to begin the pet adoption process.

A food court and plenty of water bowls will also be found at the event.

The entrance fee for Paws in the Park Royal Oak is $5 — children ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free — and a portion of the gate proceeds will benefit Home Furever, Detroit Bully Dogs, Logan’s Law and the Royal Oak Animal Shelter.

Parking will be available at Memorial Park with overflow parking at Northwood Shopping Center at the southwest corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

This is the first year Royal Oak is hosting the event, which previously took place in Canton.

For a complete list of daily events, visit www.PawsintheParkRoyalOak.com.

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