Dogs are in the spotlight at Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s Working Dog Weekend (on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14), a family-friendly, educational event that celebrates the versatile canine and the many roles that they have played in our lives.
Working Dog Weekend This fun-filled fest in Kirtland, Ohio has a wide variety of activities highlighting the many contributions our working canine friends have made to the world. Visitors will be able to talk to service and rescue groups and therapy, companion and guide dog organizations.
Performances by working dogs include Hampton Hills Newfoundlands demonstrating water rescues, Skyhoundz Frisbee Dogs showing their aerial skills and Lorain County police K9 units giving precision, high energy demonstrations of police dogs in action.
Visitors will also be able to watch the Farmpark’s own herd of border collies round up the flock following commands from their handler. Don’t miss the chance to meet Lake Metroparks Ranger Pat Donaldson and his search & rescue K9, Carly. Featured guest at the Working Dogs Weekend will be retriever trainer Jim Beverly.
At the Kids Vs. K-9 exhibit kids will get to try their hand (or is it, paw?) at canine jobs where they can guide the blind, play doggie games like Flyball and Frisbee and test their agility. A real dog will be on hand to show them how it’s done.
Local animal doctors will be at the Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital to give information about dogs. Visitors will be able to see x-rays of puppies before they are born, look at a flea through a microscope, discover how a microchip works and learn how to check a dog’s eyes, ears and teeth.
Kids can also bring their favorite stuffed toy dog for a check-up and make a cone collar for their stuffed dog.
An unique aspect of the Working Dogs Weekend is the Reading to Rover program being offered from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. both days in the Atrium With books provided by the Geauga West Library, children will be able to read to one of the trained, gentle therapy dogs in a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere that helps children improve their reading and social skills.
And don’t miss the chance to take part in the Toy Dog Parade where kids can march with their favorite stuffed dogs in a toy dog parade of breeds.
Pony rides will also be available for $4.
Food will for sale at the J & J Cafe during the event and don’t forget to make a stop at the Farmpark Gift Shop where you can pick up something special for your favorite canine and for yourself.
Hours for the Working Dogs Weekend will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 for ages 12-59, $5 for ages 60 + and $4 for children (2-11), Children younger than two are free.
For more information about the Working Dogs Weekend, call 440-256-2122 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. Kirtland is 22 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 30 minute drive.