Douglas County Celebrates National Dog Day’s Doggie Ice Cream Social was a huge success in its first year, according to organizers. The event, organized by the Douglas County Department of Communications and Community Relations, had the purpose of celebrating man’s best friend, distributing information on the care of dogs, and providing an opportunity for dogs to be adopted.
More than 250 dogs and their humans attended the Sunday, Aug. 25, afternoon event at the Deer Lick Park Dog Park. Doggie Ice Cream, created especially for the taste and digestive system of dogs, was served to all of the honored guests by Sit Means Sit, a local dog training business. Traci Blackstock of Sit Means Sit served banana, pumpkin, chicken and beef flavored ice cream to the honored guests. “The ice cream has to be both appealing to the dog while meeting their particular health and digestive needs,” said Blackstock. “Their diet has to be more simple and natural.”
Douglas County Parks and Recreation staff placed wading pools in and around the dog park for the dogs to take a dip to cool off during the sunny Sunday afternoon. Staff and volunteers from the Douglas County Animal Shelter were offering dogs and puppies for adoption during the event. Three black Labrador Retriever-mix puppies were adopted during the afternoon, along with two adult dogs. “We are thrilled that these five dogs found loving, permanent homes with great families during the event,” said Liz Marino, resource officer. “However, we have many wonderful dogs and cats still at the shelter awaiting a home. We encourage everyone looking for a new pet to visit the animal shelter and adopt one of our homeless animals.”Deer Lick Park Superintendent Tracie Ivey had nothing but praise for the event. “We thought the event was a tremendous success,” she said. “Many people came out to exercise and socialize their dogs and with other dog owners and have fun. It was a fun, laid-back afternoon and everyone had a great time. For us, it is all about using our wonderful recreational facilities. Douglas County dog owners are fortunate to have two dog parks – the first one at Deer Lick and now a dog park at Woodrow Wilson Park.”
She encourages people to bring their dogs out to the parks for socialization and for regular exercise. Dogs, like people, need regular exercise to ward of obesity and other health issues, Ivey noted.