Want to go for a walk? Bring Fido and the family out to the second annual Bark in the Park, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at Centennial Dog Park in Newton.
"It's to give any dog lover a time to enjoy with their friends and their dogs," said Ashley Klein, owner of Blue Skies Pet Care and founder of Newton Dog Park Project.
Humans and dogs will come together to raise funds for improvements to the dog park, taking part in contests, games, demonstrations and shopping.
"It's definitely grown," Klein said. "It's free to attend, but bring cash for shopping and food."
There will be a doggie photo booth and a chance to have your canine's nails trimmed for $5.
Food and drinks for humans and dogs will be available at Bark in the Park, including "puppiccinos" from Mojo's Coffee Bar and "pupsicles" from Salted Creamery.
Activities at Bark in the Park include a "Best Dressed Contest" beginning at 10:30 a.m.
"There are bonus points for human-dog coordinated pairs," Klein said.
At 11:15 a.m., Hands Full Dog Training will provide an interactive training games demonstration for people and their pets.
If your old (or young) dog knows new tricks, they can compete for a prize in the "K9s Got Talent" contest beginning at noon.
Great Plains Search & Rescue K9s will give a demonstration of what their human-K9 teams do to serve Kansas at 12:45 p.m.
A game of Musical Sit-Stay will take place at 1:30 p.m., with a prize awarded for the dog who can "sit" and "stay" faster than the others.
Caring Hands Humane Society will also have adoptable dogs present for the public to see.
Last year's Bark in the Park raised more than $2,000, enabling the dog park to add more trash receptacles, waste stations and a concrete pad for a shade structure in the big dog area.
Newton Dog Park Project would like to add an open-sided shade structure in both the small and big dog areas, along with more trees and seating.
Bark in the Park will be held to not only fundraise for improvements to the dog park, but also to make more people aware of the facility — for dog owners and dog lovers. Some without the space or time to care for a pet visit the dog park to watch other people's dogs run and play, Klein noted.
General parking for Bark in the Park will be across the street in the paved lots at Centennial Park. The dog park's gravel parking lot will be open for handicapped parking only.
If you are bringing your dog to the event, make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and practice good dog park etiquette.
"Unless they are in the actual fenced area of the dog park, they need to be on a non-extendable leash," Klein said.
Reservations for a VIP event T-shirt and doggy bandana (for your Very Important Pup) can be made at https://form.jotform.com/70968749715171. The items will also be available the day of the event.
For more information about Bark in the Park, visit http://newtonksdogpark.com/bark-in-the-park.