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Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend
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Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rock Creek Park.

"Pups in the Park is a unique opportunity for us to promote pet ownership and what the humane society does," said Carolyn Bowen, president of the Dawson County Humane Society.

"It is a chance to get people together who care about animals in one place at one time and recognize the joy that animals can bring into the lives of people."

A collaborative effort of several local organizations, proceeds from the event will benefit the local shelter.

"It is also a unique opportunity for the wonderful service organizations of this county to work together to benefit animals. I am very grateful for the hard work that these folks are putting into this event," Bowen said.

In addition to a dog and owner look-alike contest, a costume contest, a silly trick contest, a cutest dog contest or the ugliest dog contest, Pups in the Park will also include demonstrations from dogs trained for search and rescue missions, as well as agility.

There will also be a pet parade at 11 a.m. featuring pups dressed for the occasion, followed by search and rescue demonstrations by the Dawson County Emergency Service's K-9 team at 11:40 a.m.

A variety of food, pet item vendors, arts and crafts and entertainment will also be available.

"The humane society has wanted for a long time to have more family oriented events," Bowen said. "What we need now are people to come out to the event and bring their dogs to enter them into the competitions. This is going to be fun for the entire family, including the dogs."

For more information, call (770) 778-8806.