Fall is my favorite season (you got a whiff of this love in this post). Beyond being completely pumpkin obsessed, I love the activities of fall. There are festivals galore, and so much to be enjoyed. One such festival that we were able to attend this year was Chattapoochie, a festival for pets and their parents in Duluth, GA, not far from where we live.
The Chattapoochie Pet Fest, presented by the Duluth Historical Society, featured many vendors from around the area, and of course, many dogs. The day started out with a blessing. Each pet parent present said a blessing over their dog and then tied a ribbon around their collar to commemorate it. We were only able to take Shady to the fair, so we blessed him.
After that, there was a costume contest. We had taken Shady in his costume gear (We usually only put on this hat and collar long enough for a picture), but his pumpkin cuteness couldn’t stand up to the more elaborate costumes.
Shady looked adorable as a pumpkin. I mean, who could resist that face? Other dogs, however, went all out on their costumes, like this mastiff:
While walking around to see all of the vendors, we ran across several groups that were wonderful to meet. Donna from Deceased Pet Care was an absolute pleasure and offered up interesting and helpful ideas on how to deal with the trying time of losing a beloved pet. The German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Georgia was also present. I’ve been keeping up with their updates on Max, a standard black and tan shepherd that was on death’s door when they got him. I’m proud to say that he is doing much better.
While walking around the festival we ran into two White German Shepherd Dogs. TWO! I hardly ever get to run into one, let alone two in the same place. Meet Taj, a male White German Shepherd that was over 100 lbs. He and his owner were kind enough to pose in front of the Chattapoochie poster:
The other White Shepherd, I hate to say that we didn’t catch her name, was slightly smaller and had a little more blond to her color.
After a few hours out with the pup, Shady was ready to head back home. We really enjoyed Chattapoochie and hope to return again next year.
What was the last great pet festival you went to? Tell me about it in a comment!