As if a day in the glorious beach town of Manzanita were not soothing enough, this Sunday, Sept 17, will offer the added therapeutic effects of hundreds of wet noses and wagging tails.
Returning for its ninth year, the Muttzanita festival offers canine contests, activities, demonstrations, gourmet dog biscuits, vendors, an animal costume contest and pet parade down main street.
The festival welcomes well-behaved dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes who are at least six months old and on a short leash.
As well as picking up tricks and ideas from local dog trainers, guests can learn how to send their puppy’s wag into overdrive with a soothing massage from a local doggie masseuse.
Petless people are also welcome to take part and can make the most of their neutral status by serving as judges in the various contests.
Souvenir t-shirts and a silent auction will raise funds in support of Animal Haven by the Sea, Tillamook Animal Shelter and United Paws.
Muttzanita will run from 10 am to 3 pm in the parking lot of the Little Apple at 193 Laneda Avenue.
Registration is $15 per family, with multiple dogs allowed. For more information, go to http://muttzanita.com.
10 am: Festival opens. Vendors open – Ask the Expert, pet adoptions, silent auction
10:45-11 am: Pet Parade
11 am-noon: Chuck-It Contest on the beach
Noon-12:30 pm: Musical “Sits” on the beach
12:30-1 pm: Pet Talent Contest
1 pm: Dog trainer and massage demos
2-2:30 pm: Pet Costume Contest
2 pm: Final call for silent auction
2:30-3 pm: Silent auction pick-up