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Weather doesn't dampen Dog Days

by: Geoff Pursinger Browser, a pit bull terrier, takes a break from the excitement during Dog Days of Tigard, Saturday. The weather kept many away, but didn’t stop Browser and his owners from making the drive from Hillsboro.

Poor weather may have kept some away from last weekend's Dog Days of Tigard at Potso Dog Park, but the dogs and people who attended couldn't have had more fun.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes were on hand to romp and play while owners talked to vendors, including Dove Lewis emergency animal hospital and Canines for Clean Water, a campaign that educates dog owners about the effects of dog waste on creeks and streams.

'You're such a pretty girl,' said Claire Grayson as she tossed a ball to her 8-month-old French bulldog Annabelle. 'She loves to chase the big dogs.'

Grayson, who lives near Potso Dog Park, is a newcomer to the event, but others make Dog Days a regular event.

'We come every year,' said Tony Puhlman, a Hillsboro resident, as he threw a ball to his pit bull, Bandit. 'We always have fun here with the dogs.'

Puhlman and his wife Laura make a yearly tradition out of Dog Days, and often take home prizes including 'fastest dog.'

Organized by the Tigard Dog Parks Committee, Dog Days of Tigard is an annual, one-day event that brings people out to the dog park for a day of games and prizes.

The event also showcased the upcoming 'Pooch Parade,' planned for Sunday, July 24 to celebrate the newly completed Ash Avenue Dog Park, which was completely re-designed as part of the year-long Burnham Street construction.

Ash Avenue was Washington County's first dog park, and the city is celebrating its re-opening with a parade open to anyone - four legged or two - who wants to join.

Dogs from across the city will march down Main Street and Burnham Street to the new dog park, July 24.

The parade begins at U.S. Bank, 8635 S.W. Scoffins Street in Tigard at 9:30 a.m.

Every dog will receive an Ash Avenue Dog Park bandana for participating.