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Variety of activities on tap during first Pooch Palooza

By Taylor Sloan

(Oct. 3, 2014)  Delmarva Unleashed Magazine will present the inaugural Pooch Palooza, an outing for the entire family, including their four-legged friends, at Frontier Town Western Theme Park, off Route 611 in West Ocean City, today and Saturday.

“We try to do everything from the dog’s perspective,” said Sandy Phillips, Pooch Palooza coordinator.

Saturday’s events 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, 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.

Admission cost for Pooch Palooza is $5 per person, and $2 per dog. Children under the age of 10 are admitted at no charge. 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 today, Friday, 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 at 8 feet from the end of the dock over the water. Saturday, 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 is 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, 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.

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 tomorrow 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. 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 talk about the organization with visitors.

Participants can visit the Poker 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.

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