SHEPHERDSTOWN — After a two 12 months hiatus, DogFest returned to Shepherdstown on Saturday, bringing the neighborhood collectively to rejoice canine homeowners and their furry pals. Because the pandemic started, Shepherdstown has not held DogFest, to assist stop the coronavirus from spreading. However this 12 months, the city was prepared for DogFest to make its reappearance, larger and higher than ever.
The occasion started with the Crimson Carpet Stroll of Rescues, giving animal shelters all through the neighborhood the chance to current among the canine they’ve up for adoption. There was additionally reside music from eighth-grade guitarist and vocalist Kellin Little and bands Howling At The Earth, Electrical 47 and Dino Delray, taking part in all through the day. Along with the reside music, Lilah Restaurant offered drinks, whereas the native hearth division held a fundraiser, by cooking and promoting hotdogs. Connie Heyer, the proprietor of Lilah and chairperson of the Shepherdstown DogFest 2022 group committee, helped plan the occasion for the pet-friendly neighborhood.
“There are two foremost the reason why this occasion is vital,” Heyer stated. “First, to get again to life after COVID. Second, who doesn’t love canine?”
After forming a committee, Heyer and the opposite members got here collectively to seek out out what the neighborhood would get pleasure from seeing on the occasion, which included the planning of a number of demonstrations. The demonstrations featured a Greensburg Mattress and Biscuit Coaching Trick Exhibition held exterior of Knutti Corridor, in addition to the three Canine Farm Scent Monitoring and Agility Demonstration and Unbiased K9 Scent Monitoring and coaching Demonstration by the College Halfway.
Heyer stated she hopes that, subsequent 12 months, DogFest will proceed to develop and produce folks and their pets collectively.
Whereas DogFest helped carry the neighborhood collectively this 12 months over their love of canine, it additionally acted to assist greater than 30 animal shelters discover without end houses for a few of their rescued canine.
“DogFest is nice,” Mayor Jim Auxer stated on the pageant. “We’re glad to have it again. It provides rescues a chance to have canine get adopted. We love each pets and folks.”
In line with committee member Steve Pearson, they’re already in search of extra volunteers, to assist plan the subsequent Shepherdstown DogFest.
“Occasions like this assist proceed traditions and helps carry folks collectively,” Pearson stated. “We’re all keen to return collectively.”
Shepherdstown Volunteer Fireplace Division member Haley Theilgaard holds her new canine, Fern, a rescue she unexpectedly fell in love with at Shepherdstown DogFest 2022. Toni Milbourne
A rescue canine from Diamond B Farm greets guests to Shepherdstown DogFest 2022 on Saturday. Ainsley Corridor
Cocoa and Chloe, from Damascus, Md., stroll round Shepherdstown DogFest 2022 with their homeowners, Patty and Dave Mathes, on Saturday. Toni Milbourne