One of Yarmouth’s most popular events, now in its third year, is Agway of Cape Cod’s Paw Palooza, the Cape’s largest dog festival, this year from July 14-15. This extravaganza benefits the Cape’s two largest animal shelters, the MSPCA in Centerville and the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster shelter. The focus is on helping animals — and having fun — as in a radar run to see how fast your dog is (bragging strongly encouraged), puppy facials for dogs that love to be pampered and the extremely popular Dock Dogs jumping competition, a great event to enter your dog or to just cheer on the jumpers. While some of the dock dogs are master jumpers, novice dogs are welcome to compete.
The massive festival also includes a puppy pool pavilion; a “Doggie University” tent; a caricature artist; a lure course; an interactive agility course; a puppy spa zone with doggie massages; a raffle; a vendor fair with nearly 100 local and national companies; a doggie kissing booth; “Pupcasso” art-making for pups; face painting; a Kids Zone; food trucks; and tons of unique activities for dogs and their families. Admission is $7 (no charge for kids 12 and under). Oh, howl yeah.
It all takes place at Dennis Yarmouth High School (210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth) on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is totally family friendly. Learn more at pawpaloozacapecod.com.