The 14th-annual Pet Fest brought dogs and their owners who came, sat and stayed at the Missoula Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon.
Attendees to the event on Sept. 14, 2019, participated in competitions, walked through vendors’ booths, and met dogs that were up for adoption from local shelters. This year’s competitions included the Wacky Wiener Dog Dash, a Peanut Butter Lick, the Mutt Run and Best Pet Trick, among others.
Hannah Kubert, a fifth-year senior at UM, came to the festival with her Boxer, Roxer. Roxer participated in the Best Pet Trick competition, where he played dead. Kubert came to help out at the Showcase Pet Grooming booth, where she works selling Griz gear for dogs and handing out free treat samples.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity for people to socialize their dogs and also learn more about what services are offered in Missoula for dogs, and get free cookies,” she said. “Who can turn down free cookies?”
This weekend’s event wasn’t just for dogs, however. There were also miniature ponies and donkeys to take photos with, face painting and cotton candy and food trucks for the human attendees. Pet Fest is moving locations for next year’s festival, to its original location in Caras Park.
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A dog runs to its owner during the Mutt Run race at Pet Fest. The Festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Missoula Fair Grounds.
Arlo the Dachshund veers to the right, out of his owner Sydney Obstar's hands, at the beginning of the last heat of the Wacky Wiener Dog Dash. Arlo didn't make it to the finish line of the race, where owners were lined up to catch the dogs.
A pile of dog food donations, suggested as "payment" for attending the Pet Fest.
A volunteer with WINGS, a rescue organization for horses, donkeys and mules, places a tiara on a mini-mare named Peaches as she stands next to a bucket of photo props. Peaches took photos with attendees at the festival on Saturday and is up for adoption.
A St. Bernard named Hagrid attempts to fit into a tunnel during the timed agility competition. Hagrid eventually went around the tunnel instead of through it.
Val Crossland and her dog, Cinch, participate in a peanut butter licking contest at the Pet Fest. The contest consisted of owners holding one end of a spoon in their mouth while their dog licked the peanut butter off the other end. Cinch won first place.
A dog jumps for a rope during the Best Pet Trick competition.
Jennifer Waltz attempts to take a selfie with her two dogs, Miep, left, and Merlin. Miep, a 7-month-old mutt, was rescued by an organization who had other dogs up for adoption at Pet Fest, called the Thompson River Animal Care Shelter (TRACS).
Roxer the Boxer poses in the Pet Fest photo booth prop after getting his second-place prize for playing dead in the Best Pet Trick competition.