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A furry, feathered festival of fun

Pets of all kinds (and their two-legged friends) are invited to Betsy's Pet Parade and Woofstock

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Betsy Reis walks Oatis, Lake Oswego Hunts pony, through Millennium Plaza Park. Pets of all kinds are welcome to attend Betsys Pet Parade and Woofstock, which is scheduled for Sept. 7.Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and even stuffed animals are invited to strut their stuff, flick their tails or hold their wet noses high Sept. 7, when Betsy’s Pet Parade and Woofstock turns Lake Oswego Hunt’s grounds into a furry, feathered festival of fun.

Betsy Reis, who launched Lake Oswego’s first professional pet-sitting service 24 years ago, says the event will feature a variety of activities for pets and their two-legged friends. It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Admission is free.

At noon, pets will parade for a panel of judges that includes LO Police Chief Don Johnson, Fire Battalion Chief David Morris, Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall, Hunt Club Manager Katie Purdy and Gary Stein, editor of The Review. Awards will be handed out for the Best Dressed, Most Unique and Most Entertaining pets.

Before and after the parade, attendees can check out a U.S. Army Humvee, a fire engine from the Lake Oswego Fire Department or cool cars from Freeman Motor Company. Kai and Charger, the Lake Oswego Police Department’s K-9 officers, will be on hand. There’ll be an inflatable bouncy dog and face painting for kids, too.

Volunteers from Cat Adoption Team, the Northwest’s largest no-kill cat shelter, will offer information on everything from adoption procedures to pet care. Project Pooch, which has successfully paired incarcerated youths with homeless shelter dogs since 1993, will also staff a booth. So will FIDO (Friends Involved in Dog Outreach) and AniMeals, which support Clackamas County Dog Services’ efforts to care for shelter animals.

There’ll be plenty to eat, from burgers, hot dogs, Kettle corn and cotton candy to French crepes and specialty coffees. And it will all be set to music — Dick Saunders and the Petropolitan Jazz Band will perform between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Betsy’s Pet Parade and Woofstock is the perfect pet project for Reis, whose childhood growing up around German shepherds and horses fueled her love of animals. After pet sitting for friends and neighbors while they were away on vacation, Reis officially launched her pet-sitting business in 1990.

Today, she offers in-home care, limited boarding services for small pets and even walks for clients that range from cats and dogs to sheep, chickens, reptiles, llamas, cattle and more.

“I always joke that my business receives a five-paw rating,” Reis says.

Registration for the pet parade begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 7. Lake Oswego Hunt is located at 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd. in Lake Oswego. For more information about the event, including a complete schedule and list of participating vendors and organizations, go to www.betsyspetsittingservice.com.

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