As an experienced blogger, I realize everyone is bombarded with a multitude of items to read each day, so as I am on, “vacation,” too, I will just offer a few words followed by some photos of an event we attended on Saturday. This year, as we have in the past three years, we made our annual visit to the meaningful Woofstock event in Islamorada, Florida. As fate would have it, our rental was in walking distance this year!
One of the more rewarding aspects of Woofstock is seeing numerous dogs of all shapes and sizes wearing their, “Adopt Me,” vests. As they are paraded throughout the event, they seem to enjoy all the exercise, excitement and the attention from potential adopters.
As Rich and I watched the Lure Course event, we laughed at the antics of the dogs that were partaking. Some are born to it, whipping after a lure at the speed of light. Others, however, decided mid-course it wasn’t worth it and changed course…one stopped and let’s just say he practiced another sort of movement. One adoptable dog named Parker did not truly get the chasing concept, he was just too happy trotting with his handler around the ring. A spectator noted how Parker would make someone a great companion.
But while we watched, the event took a sobering turn for me as I looked down at a posting that informed attendees that only 61 percent of all dogs that enter a shelter come out alive and that 32,000 Companion Animals are put down each DAY due to overcrowding in so many mismanaged and underfunded shelters and of course careless pet owners.
That’s what events like Woofstock are all about. They remind us to value the lives of these animals and to give some a measure of happiness, if just for a day. Next year, we hope to attend once again, this time our newly adopted dog, Teddy, a shih tzu poodle mix will most certainly join us. I would love to see him take on the Lure Course, but I can imagine how that will turn out~
Here are some photos of the event…