Dog-gone good time

Posted Aug. 27, 2018

By Dedra Cordle, staff writer

On Aug. 18, humans and their furry (or not so furry, in some cases) companions descended on the Darby Bend Lakes Area of Prairie Oaks Metro Park for all things canine. The annual Wag! festival featured agility events, water fun, and information from vendors and animal support groups on how to keep pets safe and healthy.

Several animal groups and rescue shelters were on hand at Wag! to showcase lovable pets from shelters across the state. Here, West Jefferson resident Ryan Finigan poses with Draper, a 6-year-old coonhound mix who is available for adoption through the Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC). Finigan, a volunteering at HSMC since 2013, said Draper is a goofy girl who has been at the shelter for nearly a year. To see more about Draper and other animals available for adoption at the shelter, located in West Jefferson, visit
Chloe, a 5-year-old Rottweiler from Hilliard, cools off in an ice pond.
Amanda Burkhart and her border collie, Absol, compete for a Most Talented title.
Doctor Emmett Brown, a 2.5-year-old Basset hound from Upper Arlington, shakes off water after a dip in the lake.
Nova, a 2-year-old mix and temporary cheetah from Hilliard, basks in her victory after being named Most Stylish.
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