Get your paws up! On May 19, the Westport Chamber of Commerce hosted the Westport Dog Festival at Winslow Park. This was their fourth year supporting this event, and many dogs and their humans attended the festival. According to the Dog Festival's web page, the Chamber of Commerce expected around 3,000 people and 1,000 dogs to attend the festival.
Many activities for dogs and humans were present at the festival. These activities included an obstacle course for dogs, as well as many local businesses selling dog apparel, dog treats and more. These businesses included Earth Animal, The 203, The Connecticut Humane Society and more.
At the festival, there were competitions for dogs and their humans to participate in, including Best Costume and Best Tail Wagger. Here, Lexi and her owner compete in the Best Trick competition, in which they took first place and won a gift card to Earth Animal.
There were also multiple presentations at the Dog Festival this year. One of the presentations was from Fidelco Guide Dogs, an organization that trains guide dogs. Here, Grayson and his trainer show the public what he has learned in his training.
Senator and Staples graduate Will Haskell came to the festival to judge the Best Dressed Dog competition. After seeing all the costume clad dogs, he chose the pup dressed as Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" as the winner of the competition.
The Westport Dog Festival is a way for dogs to get to know each other, as well as for people to see what supporting local dog-friendly businesses can do. Overall, the Dog Festival is sure to get dogs barking with excitement.