Despite the actual weather, the dog days of summer really are here.
National Dog Day is one of two events celebrating canines taking place at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in August and September.
The park is holding a National Dog Day celebration and the fourth annual Dog Dip 'N Dive for the Blair County Dog Park, a private, fee-based canine sports and recreational 10-acre park located off Agway Road, Martinsburg, which opened last summer, according to a dog park press release.
Area residents watch their dogs at the Blair County Dog Park in Martinsburg.
"We hope our members and those wishing to join come out to both events," Roseanne Conrad, Blair County Dog Park Association board secretary and fund-raising chairwoman, said in the release.
National Dog Day is Aug. 26 and the local celebration includes a chance to try out the park.
"We're going to be open all day that day for play too. All of our off-lead areas will be open to the members and people who wish to join. And also non-members can bring their dogs to try out the dog park for $10," the board's president Carol Johnson said.
Vendors and concessions will be there until dusk.
At 6 p.m. a canine parade with a summer costume theme will be held.
"We're going to have a little parade around the park and there's going to be prizes and we're going to take lots of pictures," Johnson said.
At 6:30 p.m. Megan Sanchez, canine behavior specialist and owner of Blair Canine Coaching, will give a free seminar about understanding canine body language. Bring a lawn chair.
"That's a must to attend. People will really get a lot out of that," Johnson said.
A Dog Days of Summer coupon promotion will also take place. Member-dog owners will get a coupon book which includes a coupon for a free cup of Ritchey's vanilla ice cream.
Pick-up for a Marianna's hoagie and pizza fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Ritchey's Dairy providing refrigeration. A dog park board member or volunteer supervisor can take an order. Delivery is also available.
The fourth annual Dog Dip 'N Dive held at the Hershberger Memorial Pool is being held from noon to 4 p.m. each day Sept. 6 and 7.
The cost to attend the event open to the public is $10 a dog per day, with a two-dog limit per person, Johnson said. For sanitation reasons, people are not permitted to swim.
To become a dog park member and participate in activities for National Dog Day and the fourth annual Dog Dip 'N Dive, dog owners must provide proof of vaccinations, and dogs must pass a temperament test.
Males must be neutered and females in heat are not permitted. Puppies must be at least 4 months old. Aggressive dogs may not attend.
For more information, call Johnson at 793-2935 or Roseanne Conrad at 614-4423.
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