K-9 Karnival looks to top record attendance

Trap Falls Kennel Club will host its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event (RDO Day), K-9 Karnival, Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 706 Monroe Tpke., Monroe.

Last year, this free annual event drew more than 3,500 people and their dogs.

The family-oriented event demonstrates how dog owners can create a bond and relationship with their pup by providing proper training, health care, and nutrition.

K-9 Karnival will feature Doggie Fun Zone, the popular obstacle course dogs can run through, coached by their human companions.

Dog Listener of the East, Pat Wright, will also be on hand to talk about how to best communicate with your dog, through words and actions.

Police dog demonstrations are scheduled, as well as Frisbee demos. Owners can see if their dog possesses impeccable manners by taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen test (CGC), thereby earning their CGC title.

Additionally, CGCA (advanced) testing is available.

Also, there will be a low-cost micro-chipping clinic on-site. Contests will include Best Dressed, Best Trick and Best Kisser. There will be plenty of food, vendors and raffles.

Author and Connecticut resident Leila Grandemange will be autographing copies of her books about responsible dog ownership, including “Pawz and Pray”, a collection of reflections on the human-canine bond, and the connection to God.

Another vendor addition is Connecticut artist Joan Pollak, who will create 5-minute pet portraits — either from a photo or live, on the spot. She also does colored pencil drawings.

Kids can read to special therapy dogs, who love hearing a good story. There will be a booth with sign-up times for 10-15 minute intervals.

Meet dozens of breeds of dogs — from mini poodles to St. Bernards — in Meet the Breeds. Breeders and trainers will be on hand to answer questions from healthcare to dog training. Admission is free, all dogs must be on leashes, and attendees are asked to bring a donation for a local shelter and get a free raffle ticket.  All the money raised will go to local shelters.