By Taylor Sloan
(Sept. 26, 2014) Delmarva Unleashed Magazine will present Pooch Palooza, an outing for the whole family, including their four-legged friends, at Frontier Town Western Theme Park located off Route 611 in West Ocean City, Oct. 3-4.
“We try to do everything from the dog’s perspective,” said Sandy Phillips, Pooch Palooza coordinator.
The event will include a Dockdogs competition, microchip clinic, tennis ball lottery, Delmarva Unleashed model shoot, costume contests, agility exhibitions and a dog photo booth.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Worcester County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, who will have dogs available for adoption.
“We want it to be a successful getting out for the entire family including the dog,” Phillips said.
Advance tickets are available on the Pooch Palooza website, www.poochpalooza.com, until Oct.1. An advanced combination ticket costs $21 and includes admission for two adults and two dogs, one photo in the Delmarva Unleashed Cover Model Search, complete with a 5×7 print, and a chance to be on the cover of Delmarva Unleashed Holiday 2014 issue. One chance in the Tennis Ball Lottery per dog admitted on this ticket. Additional dogs on this ticket are just $1 and $2 for children and adults. Those who hold tickets numbered 2-51 will also receive a complimentary Swag Bag.
Children under the age of 10 are admitted at no charge. Gate admission at Pooch Palooza is $5 per person, and $2 per dog. The cost to participate in the Delmarva Unleashed Cover Model search is $10, complete with a 5×7 photo and a chance to be on the cover of the Holiday 2014 issue.
The Dockdogs competition will take place Friday, Oct.3, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 5 p.m. Dockdogs events include big airwave, a long jump and extreme vertical high jump. In the extreme vertical competition, the dog starts off at the 20-foot mark on the dock and jumps up to grab a bumper toy, which is extended 8 feet from the end of the dock over the water.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, events begin at 9 a.m. with a speed retrieve competition. According to Dockdogs, speed retrieve is a timed competition. At the far end of a pool, a bumper toy will be suspended 2 inches above the water with a starting indicator light above it. The dog is then placed at the 20-foot white starting mark on the dock and when the light turns green, the handler releases the dog. The time clock stops when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve bracket.
Pre-registration is available online at www.dockdogs.com until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, and fees are $27 for each team per Big Air, Speed Retrieve Wave, or Extreme Vertical Competition (Pre-registration is limited to 40 dogs per Big Air, 18 dogs for Speed Retrieve Waves and 18 dogs for Extreme Vertical).
On-site registration is available at $30 for each team per Big Air, Speed Retrieve Wave, or Extreme Vertical Competition (Limited to a total of 50 dogs per Big Air, 28 dogs for Speed Retrieve Waves and 28 dogs for Extreme Vertical).
Another event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 4, is the Veteran’s Support Center of America (VSCOA) Paws Surf and Turf Poker Run at Castaway’s RV Resort and Campground’s Fishing Pier, off of Route 611 in West Ocean City. The tournament will take place at several restaurants and bars in Ocean City, including Fish Tales on 22nd Street and Marina Deck on Dorchester Street, and Harborside located in West Ocean City.
VSCOA Paws Service & Companion Dog Training Program provides an opportunity for veterans and wounded warriors, Director Jason Scaletta said.
“We take veterans and pair them up with a dog from the humane society as a companion dog or a therapy dog,” Scaletta said.
The veterans become certified dog trainers through the program, possibly opening up future job opportunities for them.
VSCOA members will be traveling between the event locations with a few of their four-legged companions. They will also be attending Pooch Palooza to inform the public about their organization.
Pre-registration for the Surf and Turf Run is available at www.vscoapaws.org, at a discounted price of $15 per rider or captain, and $5 per passenger, until Monday, Sept. 29. Participants can visit the run stops by car or boat. On-site registration is available from 9-11 a.m. at $20 per boat rider or captain, and $10 per passenger. Registration for Surf players (watercraft) will be located at Castaways RV Resort and Campground Fishing Pier, and for Turf players (bikes and cages), at the Worcester County Humane Society. Both are located on Eagle’s Nest Road, off Route 611 in West Ocean City.
For more information about Pooch Palooza, call Phillips at 410-726-7334 or visit www.poochpalooza.com.