The event, sponsored by Linda Eaton, is set for Saturday, May 5
TIGARD - Linda Eaton is living her dream, and it involves dogs - lots of dogs.
Eaton, a Tigard resident who is the proud mom of two cocker spaniels, came up with the idea of hosting a Doggies' Day Out in Cook Park.
Now the date has been set - Saturday, May 5 - and the activities have been planned.
There will be information booths and lots of ribbons handed out to dogs by age and breed who perform the best tricks, excel at the obstacle course challenge, win an owner/dog look alike contest or take the top prize for best in show.
Eaton also is recruiting local celebrity judges to participate in the events that need judging
'I just decided to do an event for the community,' Eaton said. 'I'm a Realtor, and I'm community minded, and I love dogs.'
Greg White, the owner of Davidson's, is perfecting his dog biscuit recipes and may hand them out to his restaurant customers to get their dogs' opinion on which is the most flavorful one to distribute at the May 5 event.
All participants will receive a free doggie bag and gourmet dog biscuits.
In addition, Eaton is asking people to submit photos of their dog now so one can be chosen as the event's poster pup and used for other promotional materials as well.
The event is open to well-behaved dogs who must remain on leashes per the city's code requirement, and all dogs must have their vaccinations up to date.
Registration and check-in will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the event itself will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. At 11:30, people can purchase hot dogs and pop.
People are encouraged to pre-register by April 25; they can pay either $5 or $10, and the higher fee includes a dog-training class, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 28.
People also may register the day of the event for $5.