The day featured a variety of spirited contests for pets and their people, including musical sits and downs, a version of musical chairs without the chairs. Dogs circled while “The Twist” played over loudspeakers. Judges Joanne and Eddie Callahan had the formidable task of detecting which dog sat down last when the music stopped.
“I think Taz is more interested in something else,” said Randy Moxham as he and his dog left the circle. “But he will do well in the hot dog-eating contest.”
In between contests, attendees browsed booths set up by a variety of local businesses and organizations.
“We invite vendors to come to the fundraiser event so they can show people what’s available in the area,” said Marion Ott, Heart of the Catskill board member. “Vendors do not have to pay to set up and it’s good public interaction.”
A new business from Bloomville, Dogstars, vended gluten-free dog biscuits made with organic meat.
“We buy the meat locally and produce healthy treats,” owner Queny Villanueva said.
Other vendors included Invisible Fence, Beastie Boutique and Island Girl Henna Body Art.
Among the crowd were some past adoptees, including a dog named Dizzy, owned by the Miller family.
“The kids fell in love with Dizzy a few years ago, so we adopted her from Heart of the Catskills,” mom Christine Miller said.
The family is fostering a cat and her four kittens through the shelter as well.
“I like running through the woods with Dizzy,” said Madison Miller, who gets up at 5:30 a.m. to feed the dog and other animals on the hobby farm.
“Pets are a wonderful thing to have and create great experiences,” Crute noted. “But they are a responsibility, so we work together to consider all the dynamics to make an adoption go smoothly.”