It’s A Dog’s World

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Winslow Park has always been Westport’s 32-acre, right-near-downtown park. It’s big, beautiful, hilly, wooded and — let’s face it — dull.

Sure, dogs romp. Their owners walk, throw balls and socialize. It’s a wonderful place. But not much really happens.

Last year, the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 1st-ever Dog Festival there.

It was the greatest thing since flea collars.

The 2nd annual Westport Dog Festival is set for Sunday, May 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). I can already hear Fido and Spot pawing at your door.

Demonstrations include police dogs, emergency rescue dogs, guide dogs, hunting dogs, and and agility and training exhibitions.

Earth Animal offers prizes for best tail wagger, best dressed, best kisser, best trick, best lap dog over 50 pounds, and dog that looks most like its owner. Judges include some very important humans: Selectmen Jim Marpe, Avi Kaner and Helen Garten, and state legislators Toni Boucher, Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg.

There’s an obstacle course too. The winner gets a year’s supply of dog food.

Surrounding the main activities will be dozens of pet-related vendors, rescue/ adoption opportunities, vet seminars, caricaturists and giveaways, plus food trucks (for humans).

Choice Pet is the lead sponsor. TAILS — the local spay/neutering group — is again partnering with the Chamber.

There’s plenty of parking at the Westport Country Playhouse. Proceeds from the entrance fee ($10 per person, $25 for a family of 4) benefit non-profit organizations. Last year, the Chamber of Commerce donated $5,000 to deserving groups.

Dog owners can register for the competitions online, or at the festival. Click here for more information.


Roger Wolfe’s small dog enjoyed last year’s large Dog Festival.

4 responses to “It’s A Dog’s World

  1. There is extra parking across the Post Rd at Albes, Higgins and Berkshire Hathaway. There is also more parking after 12 Noon at the Saugatuck Congregational Church and a short cut through the woods to the festival (but please wait until noon, to respect their services)

    Thanks Dan. See you all in the Park Sunday.

  2. We had a great time last year. Sebastian and I will be there right at 10am on Sunday, weather permitting, to meet our buddies and their drivers.

  3. Kevin O'Halloran

    It might be nice to use the proceeds of the event to help improve the park which is beginning to resemble the lunar landscape from use (our dog included). We might need to figure out how to rotate sections of this wonderful space in order to preserve it’s future viability

  4. Bill Whitbeck

    OH, how I wish I could be at the Dog Festival!!