Canines in costume carouse

first_imgDogs dressed as frontiersmen, crustaceans and various food items raced, rolled and sang their way across the Ross Off-Leash Dog Recreation Area during DOGPAW’s annual Dogtoberfest event Saturday in Vancouver.Dogtoberfest included a costume contest, along with various doggie Olympics events such as best tail-wag, best kisser, best singer and best tricks. Besides providing dogs and their owners a play date, the event served as a valuable tool in recruiting new members for DOGPAW, chairwoman Kathleen Hansen said.You can learn more about DOGPAW by visiting clarkDOGPAW.org or calling 888-899-0025.The Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington, an all-volunteer nonprofit based out of Vancouver, runs five parks in Clark County, each of which is between six and eight acres in size. The Hazel Dell location where Dogtoberfest occurred Saturday is at Northeast Ross Street and 15th Avenue.The organization needs $5,000 in annual donations per park to pay for maintenance and upkeep, Hansen said. Memberships are $15 for singles and $25 for families. The organization has around 700 members, she added.Organizers cancelled one of Dogtoberfest’s biggest moneymakers — the lure course for sight dogs such as greyhounds — when the motor that propels mechanized rabbits and squirrels failed, Hansen said.last_img read more