Story and photos by Andrea Sutherland
Gathered in the shade, a boxer and a Labrador and greyhound mix lay panting. Every so often, they’d raise their snouts high enough to drink from the kiddie pool as children — their siblings — ran around on the grass, pausing every so often to give the dogs a good pat.
“It’s really fun,” said Cynthia Kerasik, owner of Paisley, the black Labrador and greyhound mix. “I wish there were more participants.”
Seven dogs came to Turkey Creek Ranch Saturday for the annual “Dogs Day Out” festivities put on by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
“It’s meant for families to get out with their four-legged family member,” said Stephanie Kowaluk, event organizer whose two Saint Bernards, Dorin and Broadrick, participated in the 5-kilometer fun walk, dubbed the “Trail of Treats.”
The day featured Musical Sit (musical chairs for dogs), a dog fashion show and a pooper scooper contest that pitted owner against owner for the title of best yard cleaner.
“We opted out of the kissing contest this year,” Kowaluk said.
Despite the low attendance, participants said the day was fun and it was important to spoil their furry family members.
“We live in a town home and we work a lot,” said Connie Gangaram, owner of Swiffer, a Maltese, and Foxy, an American Eskimo and Shiba Inu mix. “We wanted to bring them out for some exercise.”
“This is my first weekend off in a long while,” said Capt. Gerald Gangaram, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. “It’s nice to finally get to spend some time with my wife and kids (Swiffer and Foxy).”
Sharon Tongol brought her cocker spaniel, Oreo, to the event for some fun and exercise.
“She’s a touch overweight,” Tongol said. “It didn’t help that she was scarfing up every treat she could reach.”
Tink, a boxer with pink painted nails, won the People’s Choice Dog Fashion show. However, all the dogs took home multiple treats and squeaky toys as rewar