by Kimberly Wade
Barley, my middle-aged terrier, smiled at me this morning, and for good reason. He knows this weekend is going to the dogs and if you’re a dog lover (like many of us), consider yourself invited! Fido Fest, which debuted last year, is back! This fabulous doggie extravaganza features everything for the dog lover (and pet lover) by bringing together local businesses and adoptable dogs for one big celebration this Saturday, April 22, hosted by and at The Summit in South Reno. While many stores in The Summit will be participating with fun specials and giveaways, adoptable dogs and vendors will be located in the Center Plaza between Vans and Tilly’s. Fido Fest runs from 10am until 2pm and admission is free. Festivities include:
Fido Marketplace of dog-themed art, gifts, jewelry, pottery, dog toys and more
Many adorable dogs for adoption (bring the whole family to meet your new friend, yes, this means dogs too!)
Animal healthcare and obedience vendors
K9 Agility Course Demonstrations
Retailer specials and giveaways
Dogs available for adoption include big and small, young and old, cute and yes, even the not so cute. Personalities blend between sweet and well-mannered to lively and energetic. There will be the everyday pup (the labra-doggy), exercise partners and champions of fetch (the pity party), dogs for date night (the small, fluffy, diamond collar kind), couch potatoes (seniors) and those that dig through your trash (the pre-teens and toddlers). All dogs have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
The Summit has always welcomed visitors with dogs and with good weather finally upon us (unless I jinx it), Fido Fest is the perfect family outing—for the two and four-legged kind! Last year we had some pretty incredible matchmakers, if you remember Kuro and Kibo, a black lab and shepherd who were abandoned at Hidden Valley Park. These two found love thanks to Fido Fest, and we know those same kinds of stories will happen this year, which makes a big adoption like this even more important to our community. By the way, Kuro and Kibo are doing well with their family and happy to celebrate their one year adopt-a-versary too!
So don’t miss Fido Fest, even if you aren’t ready to adopt. There are lots of other fun things going on and we’re going to be showing everyone a doggone good time!