Grab your dog’s leash for DogFest Walk ‘N Roll.
The canine-friendly event will occur from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sun., Aug. 23 at Central Park West, 1500 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook.
Walk your dog. Test his/her skill at dog agility, nosework, clicker training and other dog games. Vendors will be selling homemade dog biscuits. Attendance is free.
Donations for individual dogs or DogFest teams will support Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that raises and trains assistance dogs for people in wheelchairs.
Canine Companion dogs are a mix of golden retriever and golden Labrador. The dogs learn 40 commands from a puppy trainer before they are matched with a disabled child, adult, or wounded warrior.
Thus far, the 40-year old Santa Rosa, California-based organization has provided more the 4,750 assistance dogs. For the new owner, the dog is provided at no charge.
Therefore, fundraising is necessary. That’s why DogFest Walk ‘N Roll events are occurring all over the US. The Oak Brook event aims to raise $70,000.
Already, the online ticker claims that $41,000 has been raised thanks to national sponsors Heartguard, PetsMart Patriots, and Eukanuba and local sponsors PiperJaffray (which doubled all donations received prior to Aug. 1), WS&S Medical, Raymond James, DuPage Animal Hospital, and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.
Join in the family-friendly fun. For info, contact: DogFestIllinois@cci.org
Raise the Woof Pet Festival, Sat., Sept. 12
A two-mile trek is the challenge facing four-legged friends and their owners for the second Raise the Woof event to be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., Sept. 12 at Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road in north suburban Mt. Prospect.
A puppy kissing booth, a paw art t-shirt station, dog baths, a petting zoo, face painting, and pony rides will be onsite. Contests include: the best dressed dog, the best look-alike dog and owner, and the best dog trick.
Park admission is free. Family activity passes are available.
All funds raised will benefit the 7,000 clients of Clearbrook, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating innovative opportunities, services, and support for children and adults with developmental disabilities in throughout Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Illinois. Even sponsors include Costco, Subaru, and Veterinary Specialty Center.
For details, log onto: www.clearbrook.org/RaisetheWoof
Dog Festival in Carol Stream, Sun., Sept. 13
If you’re the owner of a Top Dog, then grab that leash one more time. It’s the 7th Annual Carol Stream Barks Dog Festival. Activities occur between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 13 at Carol Stream Town Center on the corner of Gary Ave. and Lies Road.
Sponsored by the Carol Stream Park District, this event is free and fun. Activities include weiner dog races for dachshunds, a parade of breeds, a dog Olympics, a demonstration of Frisbee-catching dogs, dog agility obstacles, a photo booth, food vendors, and plenty of contests – thanks to local sponsors.
For details, log onto: www.csparks.org