This year's Pawloozawas a raving success. Bigger and better than ever, just when you thought that last year's had offered everything possible for the dog and dog lover, the organizers totally outdid themselves. Both in quality and quantity of exhibits, vendors, demonstrations and animal advocacy groups, there was nothing missed in this festival for dogs and animal lovers. "Pawlooza" covers a wide range of interests, and many of them are interactive for both you and your dog. Whether it's agility, dock diving, a psychic reading or tearing loose in the leash-free Fun Zone, the choices are endless. Want to compete in a frozen yogurt eating contest? Beauty contest? Learn new tricks? Or have your (doggy) DNA tested, and really find out who's your daddy ... it's a fun filled day. I took my youngsters Rush and Kendall and in hindsight wish we had participated in more activities, but it was very hot, and we were all thankful for the many water and pool stations!
Pawlooza is held on the private Plunkett estate just on the outskirts of London. This is truly an amazing venue, and we're extremely fortunate to have this event offered on such a gorgeous property.
A photo from one of the entrances; doesn't even come close to showing the expanse of the festival.
One of the many dogs in their best festival attire.
A St. Bernard cooling off ...
And a nearly matched pair of Danes.
This was an odd-looking game sponsored by a spay/neuter advocacy group. I didn't see anyone really "play" it, so can only guess at the object. It was a tad awkward, to be honest, but I did see a number of male dogs lifting their legs in what I can only imagine was their quiet but indisputable comment on the whole thing.
Two Chinese Crested of the hairless variety, one more "normal" sized, the other was quite large. They made quite a comical pair, but Rush and Kendall were happy to meet them. The little one was a total clown ... he just never stopped, and could have kept my camera busy for quite a long time!
These two Japanese Chin were looking for somewhere to cool off!
And this older Newfoundland and younger companion headed straight for one of the ponds to do just that. No one standing nearby minded getting a little wet in the least!
The dock diving dogs knew exactly what to do! Well, maybe not all ...
Now this dog made it look easy!