Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 – 10:56 AM
By Victoria Talbot
Beverly Hills’ most loved event was a huge success Sunday, as residents and friends brought their canine companions for a dog-day at the park, while others took home several of the over 120 rescue dogs being offered by several rescue organizations participating in this year’s event.
Under a kinder sun than last weekend’s Concourse d’Elegance on Rodeo Drive, which endured 107-degree temperatures, the whole day went to the dogs. Canine’s enjoyed every kind of special privilege while shopping the vendors for free treats and eats.
Locally, Pussy and Pooch and Pet Food Express held forth with offerings, as did local doggie rescues The Amanda Foundation and The PetCare Foundation.
Scores of vendors brought exotic doggie-accessories, gourmet dog treats and food, and a lot of boarding/training/day care options to consumers. Food trucks were busy all day with hungry attendees.
Woofstock has become one of the most attended, most beloved annual events in the City, and it will only get better with the advent of the City’s new Off-Leash Community Dog Park. Courier Publisher Marcia Hobbs joined Councilmember Lili Bosse in the booth soliciting donations for the park’s amenities. Dozens of residents made contributions and stopped by to bark-it-up about the new dog park, which should be opening at the end of summer.
Residents who wish to donate or who need information about the park visit www.beverlyhills.org/dogpark for more details.
While so many people were enjoying the many doggie demonstrations and having fun, others were taking home their new pets. Rescue organizations including Old English Sheepdogs, a group from Watts, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Wags and Walks, Huskies, German Shepherds, and more, shared broods of fantastic animals awaiting their new homes and loving families. Many were successfully connected with their furrever homes!
Meanwhile, drama center stage concentrated on the doggie beauty runway, with costumes ranging from baseball to superheroes. Flowers were in bloom and feathers flying. But when it came time for the talent contest, many doggies were deterred by the hot sun. That left a plethora of singing canines who’s soulful wales were echoed by their human counterparts, with howls echoing throughout Roxbury Park.
It was a day of dogs, and a few brave kittens looking for a new home, and it can all be summed up in one word: WOOF!