Pinckney Dogfest 2018 Hosted by Arise Church in Pinckney

Community Dog Park is the venue for the family-friendly dog-centered event   

From Beth Plachta

The annual Pinckney Dogfest, that takes place at the Arise Community Dog Park, 11211 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., returns for its eighth year on Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 4pm.  The Dogfest gives dog owners and the community at large an opportunity to gather and celebrate all things canine.

Admission is $15 per vehicle or $10 per vehicle with an on-site donation of dog food to the Gleaner’s Pet Pantry.

The Disc Dogs of Michigan will perform their amazing gravity-defying feats of skill throughout the day. As their website states, these dogs put on a high-octane, crowd pleasing, high flying dog show with Frisbee catching, high speed K9 racing and record setting high jumping. This year, Disc Dogs of Michigan will also provide a mini-clinic after each of their two shows, which will demonstrate how owners can teach their dogs to catch discs. Sign-up for this clinic is available on Dogfest day.

Activities at the Dogfest are free with admission. Your dog might enjoy the lure course, or perhaps the fastest peanut butter eating contest, tidbit catching and agility course. Dog sprint races for small, medium and large dogs return this year. Be sure to bring a dog costume for the parade later in the day, too.

Children will have fun on the doghouse bounce, playing carnival games or entering the 4H Dog Show for kids, with ribbons awarded. Lunch is available at the Doghouse Café on site. Live music is featured by Paul Ventimiglia and the Arise Church Praise Band. Vendors will have free giveaways while they last.

New this year, AKC testers will be at the Dogfest providing Canine Good Citizenship Testing. This event requires sign-up on Dogfest day.

In addition, Therapaws of Ann Arbor will present two talks about Therapy Dogs – their role and how canines can become therapy dogs.

Proceeds support improvements to the Dog Park or future Dogfest events. Arise Church and its grounds are smoke and alcohol free. All dogs must be on a six foot or shorter leash. Only non-aggressive dogs may attend. Rules of the dog park are posted on-site and are at Visit for the schedule of events. Contact Karen Vaden for questions at or 313-613-5643.

Thank you to Dunning Subaru, as well as other sponsors of Dogfest 2018: Millpond Animal Hospital, CPS of Brighton, Camp Bow Wow, Attaboy Dog Training, Costco, Countryside VCA Animal Hospital, Doggie Styles and RW Installation for their generous support.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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