Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | Barbara Watkins
Pomeranian Invasion at Bark in the Park
Admission is free to Bark in the Park, held at Idlewild Park in Easton, October 8 from 8 a.m. to noon. The public can register for the Dog Parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and the Fun Dog Show online at www.talbothumane.org. All proceeds benefit the shelter animals at Talbot Humane. All dogs must be leashed.
They are described by the American Kennel Club as intelligent, inquisitive, cocky, commanding and animated. Let’s add resilient. Rescued Pomeranians will be the star of the show at Talbot Humane’s 7th Annual Bark in the Park festival on October 8, when many of the more than 300 “Poms” who were saved from abuse and neglect this past spring in Wicomico County will reunite for POMapalooza! The Pomeranian Reunion, sponsored by Kevertin Pet Resort, is Talbot Humane’s chance to honor the Humane Society of Wicomico County for its outstanding rescue work and to thank the eight other animal welfare organizations that took in some of the Pomeranians, gave them medical care, grooming, socialization opportunities and then found them loving, new homes.
Don’t miss POMapalooza! The Pomeranian Reunion during this year’s Bark in the Park on October 8. About 250 Poms rescued in Wicomico County are invited to reunite during this special event.
Through the cooperation of local animal welfare groups, over 250 of the rescued Pomeranians and dozens of their puppies who were born in the shelters that took them in, have been adopted. The remaining dogs are still under medical care at the Humane Society of Wicomico, and will likely be held pending criminal charges filed against the former owners of the dogs.
“The public was so engaged in this story and in the welfare of these Pomeranians, and so many animal welfare groups banded together to help, that we thought it would be fun to see them all back together healthy and happy with their new families,” said Patty Quimby, Talbot Humane Executive Director.
Everyone who adopted one of the rescued Pomeranians from any of the shelters has been invited to join us for the reunion in the dog show ring. “They also will lead our annual Dog Parade, sponsored by Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits,” Patty said.
While many people gave the rescued Pomeranians a place to call home, many others across the Shore donated thousands of dollars in dog food and toys, cleaning supplies and monetary contributions. Groomers donated their time and resources, shaving and bathing the terribly matted and filthy dogs, clipping nails that were much too long, and cleaning ears and eyes. In addition, many veterinarians donated much-needed medical care for the dogs, including sorely needed dental work.
Everyone who supported the rescue the rescue of the dogs should come out to see Pomeranian Reunion. “It was a true community effort to help these Pomeranians,” Patty said. “Now it’s time for us to celebrate and see these resilient little dogs living happily with their new families.”
Although Pomeranians are the special guests this year, all dogs are encouraged to bring their people out to Bark in the Park. The festival is a wonderful opportunity for people to spend some quality time with their “best friends” and help raise much needed funds for Talbot Humane. Join in the annual Dog Parade, 5K Run/Walk, and fun Dog Show, with classes like Tallest Dog, Smallest Dog, Fluffiest Dog and more. Register for all events at www.talbothumane.org.
Also new this year is Talbot Humane’s commitment to serving food that is humanely raised and sustainably grown. Featured food vendors include the Sprout Food Truck, Rise Up Coffee, Jamie’s Catering serving pulled pork from Pop’s Old Place, Scottish Highland Creamery, and more. Talbot Humane will launch new efforts at Bark in the Park to promote local food producers who are humanely raising animals.
The day kicks off with a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Easton’s beautiful Rails to Trails, sponsored by Tricycle and Run. Other festival features are: the Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs from many area animal welfare organizations; The Pet Boutique, sponsored by St. Michaels Pet Supplies and featuring their stores must-have pet items; agility and other canine demonstrations; groomers from Kevertin Pet Resort; veterinarians and animal welfare groups; business and craft vendors; live music from Three Penny Opera; and a kid’s agility course.