Whenever fair week rolls around, I remember the times we spent there with our little Arabian Haf Staccato. Though it’s been way more than a few years, I can still recall the excitement and anticipation that accompanied the days leading up to the fair and then the rushed morning of entry day. Although it involved a lot of work and preparation, not to mention misty early mornings and exhausting late nights, fair week brought its own rewards and left us with many good memories. One of my favorites was Cato’s reactions to the chickens that were part of trail class. I don’t suppose he had ever seen chickens, and he freaked at his first encounter…and every other time he saw them. They were not on his list of favorite other animals. What did he love about the fair experience? Probably elephant ears. We couldn’t eat them anywhere nearby without sharing. That and nibbling on the ribbons hanging on his stall. We were fortunate Cato was a good boy, who trailered easily and always behaved himself in the show ring, even to dozing while awaiting the judges’ decisions. I think he really did enjoy the experience of the fair, but my most favorite memory of all was when at the end of it all we took him back to his pasture, and he was allowed to run free. And run he did, along with his buddy Joe, kicking up his hooves, rolling on the ground, and generally letting his horse habits free. After being confined to a stall all week, it was pure pleasure for him to act like a horse. These are memories I will always hold close. I hope fair week was a fun one for all the kids participating, and especially congratulate my niece Annabelle and her pony Harmony. I hope they brought home not only ribbons but many good memories!
On Saturday, August 27th, Animal Aid will hold their 37th annual Mutt March at Lake Bluff Park in downtown St. Joseph. The event runs from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. and the theme this year is The Wizard of Oz. Registrations forms can be found at www.animalaidswmi.com. There is a $10 registration fee that will also get you a Wag Bag goodie bag. Booths sponsored by local rescue groups, veterinarians, and pet services will line the march and there will be prizes and kids’ games as well. A rain date is set for Sunday, August 28th, but let’s hope for sunny skies and a great turnout. Animal Aid has been rescuing and rehoming pets in our area for nearly 40 years now. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information.
While temperatures are still summer-like, please remember the tips for keeping pets safe and healthy. No pets left sitting in hot cars, fresh water available at all times, shelter from the sun and protection from fleas, ticks and heartworm. Simple steps to take with big results for happy pets!