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Barktoberfest celebrates, benefits local canines

Barktoberfest celebrates, benefits local canines

October 03
22:13 2012

Trent Johnson / Intern

Dogs will once again rule the land when Barktoberfest returns Saturday to North Lakes Park.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. dogs will be celebrated at the annual fundraiser put on by the Denton Humane Society.

“The event is fun for people to bring their dogs and just play,” Denton Humane Society president Lisa Wighaman said.

Activities include a dog costume contest, a rescue parade, a weenie-eating contest and dancing with dogs.

While the eating contest may seem like a shoe-in for the larger animals, Wighaman said that is not always the case.

“[The eating contest] is always a lot of fun,” Wighaman said. “The hugest dogs can never wolf it down, it’s real slow, but the little dogs like chihuahuas do wolf it down.”

Admission to the event is free, but certain events like the eating contest cost between $1 and $5. The event will also have a DJ playing music, and for the first time Barktoberfest will offer shots for the animals.

“We’re real excited about the shots,” Wighaman said. “We think it offers just a whole new variety, along with a nail trim station.”

Low Cost Spay Neuter will offer rabies shots for $5. For another $10, dogs can get the rabies shot along with the “all-in-one” shot.

Attendees who donate, no matter the amount, will also be able to use the nail trim station.

“I think Barktoberfest is an excellent idea,” English doctoral student Jerri McDonald said. “One of the best things about Denton is the level of community involvement.”

This year is also special because for every dollar raised by the Denton Humane Society up to $5,000, an anonymous donor will match the money.

“We have the potential to make $10,000 this year,” Wighaman said. “That’s the difference this year, so any donation whether $10 or $1, it will be matched.”

While the money is important for the Denton Humane Society, the awareness they receive is just as important, Wighaman said.

The event helps the organization get its name out there, in hopes of getting more volunteers.

“I love DHS [Denton Humane Society,]” Wighaman said. “We’re small, but we do a lot. We would love to have some young people join in the future. That’s definitely one of our goals this year, to get younger members.”

Business sophomore Dustin Dronet is excited about the opportunity to get out of the house with his dog.

“I think with all the studying and homework that I do that sometimes I can’t play with my dog as much,” Dronet said. “This event is great for all of our pets.”

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