There will be an all-out tail wagging canine frolic at Canatara Park on Aug. 28.
Sarnia’s first ever Doggie Paddle Beach Fest will provide the opportunity for dogs to run, jump and swim in off-leash areas.
The free event is spearheaded by pet photographer Jenilyn Sheppard, owner of the business LimeHippo, with proceeds supporting the Sarnia Humane Society.
Sheppard hatched the idea when visiting California, where similar events are extremely popular.
When chatting with other pet owners, she heard many people say Sarnia needs its own pooch-oriented festival.
“This could be a really neat family-based event,” Sheppard added. “We’re really excited.”
“It’s cool when dogs are playing with other dogs.”
Sheppard will be bringing her own two rescue dogs, Wilbur and Zamboni.
She expects her pets, one a hound mix and the other a shepherd mix, to have a great time.
City council signed off on the concept recently, which will see fenced-in areas for an agility fun zone, lure coursing and doggie games and contests. Off-leash swimming will take place in front of the beach picnic pavilion.
The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A veterinarian, first aid personnel, dog trainers and representatives from the Sarnia Humane Society will be on hand.
Public access will remain available along the beach and waterfront at all times during the event and for cleanup.
For more, visit Doggie Paddle Beach Fest on Facebook.