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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Working Dog Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Now some dogs can fetch a stick.
Other dogs will shake your hand.
I even heard of a dog that can roll over.
All I know how to do is take 100 cows and teach 'em some manners.

I'll always have a soft spot for certain Sesame Street clips. This is one of them.

As a young child I remember feeling such great respect for that dog. He looks so empowered and so confident, doesn't he? So purposeful.

I hadn't seen that clip in at least 10 years, but I immediately thought to Google it when I heard about a certain Lake Metroparks event next weekend.

Some of our local haaard-workin' dogs will get a chance to show off their skills during Working Dog Weekend -- opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, and concluding 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland.

The event will showcase how man's best friend works alongside people in jobs including law enforcement, herding, hunting, therapy, and daily living.

Think retrievers, border collies and hounds, but others, too.

Think agility, versatility, therapy and obedience.

And hey, think admission to the rest of the Farmpark, dog-related vendors and pointers from the Lake Humane Society while you're at it. It's all part of the celebration of these talented canines.

Special guests will include Jeff and Misty Wright of the Flying Houndz of Louisville, whose dogs leap high to catch flying discs; the Buckeye DockDogs, to demonstrate dock diving; the Buckeye Retrievers, to demonstrate field and hunting skills; and Bruce and Bethany Karger with the gentle giants of Hampton Hills Newfoundlands, who perform water rescue.

Your own dog can also be tested by the American Temperament Testing Society if you pre-register by Friday, June 5. To register contact Lisa at 440-256-2144 or All other guests are asked not to bring their dogs.

Admission is $6, $5 for ages 60 and over, $4 for ages 2 to 11, and children under 2 are free. Farmpark members receive free admission.

For a schedule of events, click here.

It's a dog's life, and I love it...

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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