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Monday, September 23, 2019

New'bark'et Dog Festival


A festival is held each year in our town to celebrate the furry members of the family. It's called "New'bark'et" - which is a play on the town's name (Newmarket) - and we went to check it out last weekend. This is our 4th or 5th year attending and we never get bored.

Newbarket Dog Festival

There were dozens of vendors selling every possible type of dog product - clothing, food, treats, beds, toys, leashes and collars - you name it, someone was offering it.

Newbarket Dog Festival

Newbarket Dog Festival

There were also activities like the Aqua Dogs dock diving competition (deserving a post of its own), a lure course - where the dog chases a mechanical lure in a pattern around a field, an off leash area, and the community pool was closed to humans so that the dogs could splash and play and chase balls.

This year we took Scarlett on her own. Usually we take Chloe as well, but her hind end is getting weak and anything more than a 10 minute walk is too much for her. Scarlett is very timid, and though the crowds sometimes made her hesitant, she still had a great time. Just look at the smile!

Newbarket Dog Festival

Global Pet Foods was the main sponsor and they, as always, handed out goodie bags full of toys, treats, and coupons. And so many of the vendors handed out samples as well. Scarlett took a liking to the real cheese treats, so we had to buy a bag of those. We made the mistake of going to the Farmers Market first and using too much of our cash, but I did manage to have enough left to buy this awesome "Rescue Mom" t-shirt from the OSPCA. I think it makes me official.


We encouraged Scarlett to run around in the off leash area, to see how she'd react to other dogs that she wasn't used to. Most of the dogs were much bigger than she is, but she still had a great time wandering around and doing some "meet 'n' sniff".

Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival

The DogLoversDays lure course was hilarious. These dogs weren't trained, so they didn't always know what they were supposed to do and would get distracted easily. Or they would cheat and take shortcuts to intercept the lure. I loved it. I think Scarlett might like this once she builds some confidence as she loves to chase rabbits on our property.

DogLoversDays Lure Course
DogLoversDays Lure Course
DogLoversDays Lure Course

Are you familiar with dock diving? The dogs run down a large portable dock and jump into a pool of water to get the toy that their owner tosses out. They compete for distance, height, or accuracy, depending on the event. The Aqua Dogs crew puts on shows all over our area (and as far as Quebec and BC!) and we go to see them as often as we can. The great thing is that any dog can join - any age, any size, any ability - and they'll teach them how to dive. I'm planning on putting up another post later dedicated to just the Aqua Dogs and the shows we've seen this year.

Aqua Dogs Canada dock diving
Aqua Dogs Canada dock diving
Aqua Dogs Canada dock diving

The "Pooch Plunge" swimming pool is also a crowd favourite. We didn't go in this year as Scarlett doesn't like to swim, but we've taken Chloe a few times in the past. Global Pet Foods supplies hundreds of floating balls, and the dogs go crazy jumping in and out of the pool, chasing them and each other.

Here is a video of Chloe the first year we tried it. Even then she was pretty old (10 maybe?), but she was still game to dive in for a ball.



Newbarket Dog Festival

All of the dogs we met were having a super-fun time. It's always over too soon, but you go home with a very tired puppy.


I'll end this with photos of some of the adorable dogs we met this year. Can't wait for the next one!

Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival
Newbarket Dog Festival

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