Michelle Napier watches Rip Cord and Lola play at the Kingsport Dog park in this file photo. Erica Yoon.
KINGSPORT — If you’re looking to scare up a good time this weekend, why not head to Howl-o-ween at the Kingsport Dog Park Saturday.
One of the reasons the dog park is holding the event is to raise funds for the park and to collect donations for the Kingsport and Blountville animal shelters.
“We just wanted to have a party for dog park members and the public so they can get a feel for the park,” said Johnnie Hennessee, Ways and Means chairperson for the Kingsport Dog Park. “With it being so close to Halloween, we wanted everybody to dress their dogs up.”
The event will be free to the public and will be held on Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The park is located beside Hunter Wright Stadium at 801 Granby Road.
Some of the participants scheduled to attend are the Police K-9 Team, Sullivan County Humane Society, Andes-Straley Animal Hospital, Chloe’s Treasures, Miss Kingsport with a puppy kissing booth, professional artist Stephanie Sakowicz and professional photographer Charlene Morton. Live music will be provided by The Railroad Angels, and there will be plenty of other activities. There will also be games and contests for the dogs. Some of the contests include most obedient, best trick and best costume.
There will also be a couple of unique games, one of which is called bobbing for biscuits. The dogs will have to search through tennis balls to find a hidden dog treat.
Officials with the dog park don’t have a set number of dollars they would like to raise. Instead, they just ask that people come out and donate what they can. Hennessee said there will be a donation jar set up at the park.
“We try to buy things for the park,” said David King, chairperson of the Friends of the Kingsport Dog Park. “We bought the water fountains for up there and bought some mulch for an area of the park that was badly eroding.”
King said the next items the group wishes to buy are some trees to provide shade for disabled users of the dog park.
Collecting donations for the SBK Shelter is also a high priority. One item that is a priority for SBK officials is food. There is always a need for dog food at the shelter. SBK will also have dogs who are in need of adoption at the event and will be offering low cost microchipping for pets. The cost will be $25.
Any participants wishing to bring their dogs inside the park will have to bring proof of bordetella, rabies, distemper and parvovirus vaccination to the park.