Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dogfest 2009

I took Waldo to the West Chester DogFest on Saturday. As mentioned in my previous post, I didn't take Gus because his scars had opened up on Friday, and I didn't want him to get an infection or anything. I was sad to leave him at home! He gave me a look like, "I know you're going to have fun without me."

Waldo enjoyed the 45-minute car ride down. The whole backseat of my Mazda for himself!

This is my first trip to the DogFest, and WOW! Was it ever BIG! The events here in our hometown usually have 10-20 vendors. The DogFest had over 100 vendors! Lots of rescue groups and pet hotels, foodables for the humans, and games for the kids. There were agility runs and frisbee competitions, and a main stage where there were human/dog competitions (but more about that in a minute).

One of our favorite booths was for the local Boston Terrier rescue. Norwood showed us that he participated in this booth at his Dogfest--so did we, Norwood!

There were lots of big friends like Waldo to meet. This was 9-month old Azul, who was the same size as Waldo already. She's going to be a big girl!

Waldo and I participated in the Biggest Dog competition. There were lots of big dogs! From L to R: a Newfoundland (didn't catch the name), a Mango Mastiff named Brewsky, a St. Bernard named Bill (awesome name!), a Great Dane named Shrek, a Greyhound (didn't catch the name), a second St. Bernard (didn't catch the name), an Alaskan Malamute named Knut (he wasn't picture friendly), and Waldo.

Waldo certainly wasn't the biggest dog there, but we had FLAIR. All the other dogs just walked across the stage. We walked to the middle and then did a model-like spin. :) In the end, Waldo got 2nd place! Not too bad! We got a bandanna, a squeaky toy, and a $5 gift certificate to a local pet store. What is fun is that the other Great Dane came in 1st! I said, "It's a great day for Great Danes!" Here's a picture of Shrek and Waldo:

By the end of our 2-hour stay, Waldo was HOT. Every booth we'd go to he'd find the shade and sit or lay down in it. I poured a couple of bottles of water on him, and he drank a whole bottle of water, but he still panted the whole way home! Mommee was a little worried that he had some heat sickness, but after 10 minutes of all the air-conditioners in the car blowing cold air on him, he calmed down. We're glad we went early when it first opened--there were some doggies getting there at 1:00, when it was the hottest part of the day. We felt sorry for those doggies!

When we got home, Waldo was nice and gave the squeaky toy he had won to Gus. Gus loves it! It is a NASCAR Kasey Kahne bone. Nick said, "Does that make it a Kahne-9 toy?" Get it? canine? :)


Bijou said...

Hi Guys,

What a terrific outing you had! Mom wishes they had an event like that near us. Sorry Gus had to stay home. It was very nice of you to give him the squeaky toy. You're a good brother Waldo!

Wags & wiggles,

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Waldo you lucky dog! That was very nice of you to give your pressie to Gus.

Gus, don't feel bad, your mommy was only looking out for you. Maybe there will be another DogFest in the near future and you'll get to go too!

Sam & June

Mason Dixie said...

what a great day, congrats on getting second place, that Shrek is huge!! How nice of Waldo to share his winnings with Gus. =)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a grrrrreat day!

Too bad my Malamute boyfuriend didn't know about it! He would have won -I just know it - he weighed in last Saturday at 204# - khan woo believe it?!?

I know Ammy of The AO4 will approve of your toy joke!


Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

Pawsome day Waldo! We wish we had dogfests! :(
We think you deserve the 1st place!
Rufus and Indie

Brownie said...

Wow, what a fantastic day! Congrats on your 2nd place win... you deserve first if you ask me, but oh well... I may be a bit biased! ;)

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

What fun...Congrats on winning 2nd Place, Waldo...

How nice ofo Waldo to let Gus play with his toy...

I hope Gus feels better soon...

Abby xxxooo

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

That is terrific winning 2nd place.
you rock! and what a handsome gentlesoul you are.
What a good boy to share your toy with Gus.
You two are my special big friends


The dogfest look like great fun! You guys did the kissing booth too?!!! SO much much! Too bad gus couldn't go but at least you brought him back a gift.

Don't you love dog festivals!

Selba said...

What a great dogfest!

The booth of the Boston terrier looks cute especially the position of the Terrier that was hold perfectly at the square hole.

Nice Waldo! Lucky Gus!

Adele, Vincent & Bella

Amber and Nala said...

CONGRATS Waldo! That is awesome that both Danes won...woohoo! I think you were the prettiest color big doggie there. :) Poor Gus but at least you brought him your toy....how nice.

As for Mom starting a photo business....she's just trying out the name right now...what do you think? She would like to do it for fun and if she made a little money that would be great but she's not investing too much into it at this point. :) You know, everyone thinks they are a good photographer and even if they were good it takes more than good pictures to run a business. ;)


CAM said...

Hey Waldo...congrats on your prize and for your generosity.
What a wonderful day you had!
lotsaluv Max &Co in sunny South Africa

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh what a great day! And congrats on your win! I could just picture you doing your model spin, Waldo!! Hee! hee!

Wow - you're so lucky to meet so many BIG dogs, Waldo! I hardly ever meet other big pups...most people here seem to think that LABRADORS are big dogs!?!?

I get really hot like you too - and then I start panting a lot and not wanting to do anythign except lie down in the shade. Guess that's a malfunction in us BIG dogs!! Still, at least we don't have lots of fur!!

Honey the Great Dane

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

what a great brother to share - so great - sounds like you had a great time

hope gus is feeling better

woodrow sweetie mj

Kimberly & Bell said...

that kahne-9 toy is the coolest & my mom said that was super funny... I like Nascar - well mom says so anyway..
she's weird..

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant day out. Chels I would trust in crowds, havnt tried it with Shiloh yet. cant believe how big your waldo is getting... and coming 2nd.. how cool is that!

happypitbull said...

That looks like a lot of fun! I love Boston Terriers and I thought about adopting one before we ended up with Star. Too bad it was so hot. It's hot here too... ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

What a pawsome day out!! We wish we had stuff like this near us too! There was some shows like it in Engerland in the South last year but even those are not on this year cos of something called the recession!
Congrats on your 2nd place!! :o)

Ashley said...


I know this is random and all, but I just had to comment. Is your dog Waldo a great dane? I have a Great Dane that looks JUST like your dog Waldo, except mine is a bit bigger. Now you might be wonder what the random part is...the random part is my dog's name is also Waldo. I can't stop thinking about how similar they look and the name thing is crazy. Where did you get your Waldo from?