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Building a Better Boyertown unleashes 5th Annual Dog Days of August

By Rebecca Blanchard, The Boyertown Area Times

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Area dogs just had a day on the town.
Building a Better Boyertown presented the The 5th Annual Dog Days of August on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event took over the intersection of North Chestnut Street and Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown and progressed throughout downtown to sponsor businesses; there were watering stations set up throughout.
Pet owners and their four-legged friends could start the day by cooling off at the Boyertown Area YMCA’s Splash Party located in the innercore parking lot behind Joe Paws Dog Bakery where they could meet the Phoenix Animal Rescue team and pick up a few Joe Paws’ doggie treats.
Pet nail trimming was conducted by Fuzzy Days LLC, There was also an ‘indoor play area’ held by Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners (BARCO) while Boy Scout Troop 533 sold hot dogs.
Individuals from GiGi’s at Home Pet Care, Robin Zimmers Pets, BARCO and Paw Stars Dog Training were available to speak with visitors at the event.
“It’s cool to watch people walk down the street with their dogs,” said GiGi C. Malinchak, owner of GiGi’s at Home Pet Care, LLC. “We’re getting people out into town.” Malinchak has been involved with Dog Days of August for the past three years.
PUP-sicles and water ice could be found at Rita’s Water Ice.
The United Way of Boyertown set up at Rita’s with their calendars for sale. Local businesses such as Serenity Junction, Studio B, BARCO, CrossFit Fidelity opened their doors to dog-friendly shoppers by hosting watering stations.
An Amazing Race contest also seeemed to collide with this event. Zimmers’ volunteered puppies to lick peanut butter off of the lips of contestants.
As The Dog Days of August concluded, The 3 Dog Night After Party was just beghinning to pick up at The Other Farm Brewing Company with ‘dog’ specialty beers and some Hillbilly BBQ. Pets were welcomed on the front porch and in the beer garden.
The Dog Days of August is made possible by several sponsors including Studio B, Rita’s Water Ice, Everything Postal, Robin Zimmers Pets, GiGi’s at Home Pet Care and CrossFit Fidelity.
Article submitted by Building a Better Boyertown.