This one's for the dogs

Four-legged friends of the community came to Skyway Park off Taft Road Saturday afternoon to enjoy the inaugural "Pooches in the Park" event hosted by the Cicero Youth Bureau Parks and Recreation.

All the canine attendants that were accompanied by their owners submitted all current vaccination records so that the dogs could enjoy worry-free play in the "Central Bark" social area.

Daily contests were held for categories such as "Owner and Pet Look Alike," "Biggest and Smallest Pooch," "Funniest Bark" and a talent show.

The idea for "Pooches in the Park" came about when Recreation Supervisor of the Youth Bureau Parks and Recreation Julie Raddell thought it would be nice if she could bring her dog to work for a day or too.

In keeping with Raddell's passion for animals, the event coincidentally ran alongside the Bark Heard Around the World event hat was held in Syracuse on the same day.

"I didn't know it was the same day at first," she said. "But it all makes sense, it's about the dogs today."

The event in Syracuse was fighting the puppy-mill wave that has hit different parts of the country hard. However, Raddell said the "Pooches" event was designed to "include everything dog."

By "everything dog," she kept her word. Besides the play area, there were several local animal clinics, rescues and vendors that were all about the canine calling.

Animal clinics from Cicero, Mattydale, North Syracuse and Liverpool all attended to provide information to attendants about vaccinations and other health issues. The CNYSPCA also intended, along with the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network that hosted an informational booth with a plethora of material for community members to take home.

Each booth had treats and other canine must-have items such as doggie-toothbrushes and food measurement cups.

Some unique vendors that attended the event were: Young Living Essential Oils that provides therapeutic treatments for canines; Beau Quest Studio that brought many portraits of pooches; New York State Wilderness Search and Rescue; 3D Petsitting that provides at home care for dogs when owners are away; and Cuff Couture by Keli that displayed several "bling collars," kerchiefs and ear bows.

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