The eighth annual "Who Let the Dog Outs" event is Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kennedy Arena, 500 W. Embargo St. It’s a new location for the event.
New to the event this year is AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program. This program is designed to reward dogs with good manners at home and in the community. It is a 10-step program that stresses responsible dog ownership. Details on how to participate will be announced.
Also new this year is Clear Path for Veterans — a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans recover and reintegrate by offering a variety of supportive, training and interactive programs. Dogs2Vets’ primary goal is to assist the veteran in training his or her dog to the level of a psychiatric service dog that can assist in recovery.
As always, there will be dog show, with a host of categories. Judged categories are: Smallest, Biggest, Best Trick, K9 Karaoke, K9 Bowling, K9 Musical Chair, Best Costume and Do you look like your dog?
Sponsors are Ace Hardware of Rome, Berkshire Bank and Central New York Kennel Club.
Applications are available at the Rome City Clerk’s Office and Doggie D’zynes. All dogs must be licensed and proof of rabies is required. Entry deadline is July 18. The competition is open to the first 50 dogs registered.
Local businesses will be on hand as well. Visit Dr. Heather’s House Calls, Clear Path for Veterans, Doggie D’zynes, Angels of Fur, Lucky Dog Rescue and Central New York Kennel Club, Oneida County Dairy Princess, Cornell Extension Center’s Master Gardner, Masonic Child ID Safety Program, Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network, All Creatures Boarding Facility, International Weight Pulling Assoc., and author Donna Marie Mucks of "Good Days are for Walking."