Dogblog note: Here's a press release that came in about a new event this year:
Pawstice 2011: A New Way to Celebrate Dogs and Their People During Summer Solstice. Event to include Blessing of the Animals, Vendors & Art Exhibits
Puppy love will be in the air Saturday, June 18, 2011, during the first-ever Pawstice celebration at Ruth Arcand Park, 11-2 p.m.
Dogs of every shape, size and age will wag their way to this event, hosted by David Jensen Photography (Alaska Pet-ography). One of the main attractions will be a Blessing of the Animals by retired Revs. Debra and Doug Lindsay beginning at 11 a.m. Dogs and their people will line up and receive individual blessings. The ceremony will include a moment of silence for dogs that have passed and those who are ill.
Animal Communicator/Empath Leola Adams will be on-hand to meet and greet guests of the event. She’ll offer brief readings as time permits.
Two companion animal art exhibits will be on display at the park. The first, Talking to Animals, is a collection representing more than 100 dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, birds and other creatures photographed by David Jensen the past several months during a Talking to Animals Model Search. A second art exhibit will feature more than 1,300 cats and dogs rescued and adopted through Friends of Pets the past 20+ years.
“ 'Pet Patrol, Happily Ever After’ is a tribute to the volunteers of Friends of Pets” according to Jensen. “Every single adopted dog and cat featured in the exhibit is a remarkable story in itself. Multiply these stories by many hundreds and it’s overwhelming to comprehend the efforts and love that the volunteers of Friends of Pets have given.
“More than 60 families have RSVP’d for Pawstice,” Jensen said. “I expect many others to attend through word of mouth as this is open the public.”
Dog-friendly vendors will also be available, including Doggy Decadents, Paw Prince, Friends of Pets, Anchorage Animal Care and Control (with adoptable dogs!!), Leola Adams and Alaska Assistance Dogs.