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Frankenmuth Dog Bowl

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This weekend, Frankenmuth, Michigan will host its 13th annual Dog Bowl with two days of entertainment and activity for people and their dogs.  This high-energy event includes everything from canine fun runs to a pet parade to a costume contest.  The goal is to encourage responsible pet ownership with events that both people and their four-footed companions can enjoy!


This Memorial Day weekend, dog lovers are flocking to the little town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, for the annual Dog Bowl - an Olympic-style series of events in which dogs compete at running, jumping, diving and retrieving. Some are breed-specific (such as the wiener dog races), others are mixed breed events (like the 50-yard Doggie Fun Run), plus an official DockDogs canine aquatics competition. There is also the Canine Cruise on the Bavarian Belle River Boat, a Hot Air Balloon event, and fireworks on Sunday night. For more information, you can visit the website at DogFunFest.comor their FaceBook page at Frankenmuth Dog Bowl.

Whether you’re going to the spectacular Dog Bowl in Frankenmuth or just plan to enjoy a back yard barbecue, most pet owners will want to include their furry friends in the festivities. If you want to protect your pet from sunburn on its nose and ears, use a product specifically formulated for the type of pet you have; never use human products on an animal, whether it’s sunscreen, or insect repellent or anything else. It could make your pet sick.

Take plenty of fresh water along for both you and your pet. When you get thirsty, give your pet a drink, too. If you’re indulging in rich or spicy foods, don’t share much with your four-footed friend, especially anything that contains onions, grapes, raisins, avocado or chocolate.

Most importantly: if you take your pet along on this holiday weekend, or any warm day – DO NOTleave your pet alone in the car. On an 85-degree day, in the shade, with the windows cracked, temperatures inside the vehicle can reach an uncomfortable 90 degrees in just minutes; in the sun, temperatures can rise to over 150 degrees.

Lastly, if your pet is with you, skip the fireworks. The loud explosions can be painful for animals’ sensitive ears.

Not all of us can make it to Frankenmuth, Michigan this weekend, but wherever you are, remember these few precautions that can help make this Memorial Day a memorable one for all members of the family, including the furry ones, when you’re speaking of pets.


Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.
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