Grove City dogs and groups found at Wag!Fest

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Thousands of canines from across the state descended upon Prairie Oaks Metro Park on Aug. 26 to attend the annual animal fiesta known as Wag!Fest. For six hours, pooches of all ages, breeds, and abilities, played in the water at Water Bark Beach, met new friends, begged their human companions to buy them some treats, begged the humans manning vendor booths and food trucks for even more treats, and generally had a dog-gone good time. Shown here having that dog-gone good time at the Sky Dogs agility course is Zeke, a 3-year-old Aussiedoodle from Grove City. His human, Deanna Norwood, said Zeke has been competing in agility courses since he was 10-months old and loves showcasing his skills for the public.
Aspen, a 10-month-old therapy dog-in-training, enjoys his sweet treat from the Grove City-based Sweet Tooth Food Truck.
In addition to all of the fun activities for the canines, Wag!Fest also serves as one of the largest events in the state that helps dogs in need, bringing canine-serving rescue groups and organizations together with potential adopters, donors, and fosters. Among the local groups in attendance was Speak! for the Unspoken, a Grove City-based rescue organization that specializes in finding good homes for animals with special needs. Pictured here manning the booth during the morning session is Liz Cassidy.
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