For Caleb Rice of Cookeville, every day can be a good day with his dog, Thor.
“Thor has saved me from myself,” he said of his brown and white Staffordshire bull terrier. “I can’t remember a time when I had a bad day and got home and it continued to be bad.”
For that reason, Cookeville Leisure Services is offering dog owners an opportunity to honor their pets in a Top Dog Photo Display during the department’s eighth annual Dogapalooza, which is May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dogwood Park at 30 E. Broad Street.
“This is a chance to show off your dog,” said Cathy Benich, event organizer. “Last year, quite a few people stopped to look at the photos and enjoyed reading about what each of the dogs meant to their owners.”
Those planning to participate have until May 3 to send their photos, along with their dog’s name, breed and two to three sentences about why their dog is “Top Dog” to them. Photos may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed or dropped off at the Cookeville Leisure Services office in the Cookeville Municipal Building at 45 E. Broad Street.
Dogapalooza is a free event for dogs and the people who love them. It features an off-leash play area, pet-related vendors, adoptable pets and a kids’ dog show.
So far, vendors include the Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter, Putnam County Sheriff K-9 deputies, Friends of Cookeville/Putnam County Animals, Cookeville K9-n-Friends, POPS (Pals of the Pooches at the White County Animal Shelter), Cumberland Art Society, Putnam County Library, Keep Putnam County Beautiful Clean Commission, Dog & Co., Pal World, Greyhound Pets of America, Cumberland Pet Grooming & Boutique, Miss Jen’s Pet Treats, Walkio, PFLAG Cookeville and American Self Serve Dog Wash.
Children wishing to compete in the dog show, which is for ages 16 and under, must register by 2:15 p.m. The contest begins at 2:30 p.m. First-, second- and third-place finishers will be selected in each of the following categories: most obedient, best trick, loudest bark, prettiest dog, and dog/owner look-alike. First place winners will go on to compete for best of show.
For more information about Dogapalooza, call Cookeville Leisure Services at 931-520-4386 or visit www.cookeville-tn.gov/ls.