Canine pals take over dowtown Shepherdstown for DogFest 2018
Karen Glennon of Shepherdstown slid a quiet razor through eight-year-old English Springer Spaniel Eli’s fur, giving him a champion-worthy trim Saturday afternoon at DogFest 2018.
The festival, which continued Sunday, welcomed dogs and dog lovers alike to browse booths and participate in a variety of events, including a dog show, parade of rescues and “Blessing of the Dogs.”
“I volunteer here every year and do free trims and give out dog care tips,” said Glennon, a full-time homeschooling mom of three, mentioning any donations would be given to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County.
“We come every year, because Eli loves the socialization,” Eli’s owner, Teresa Perry of Frederick, Maryland, said, while Glennon finished the dog’s trim. “We love the fact that the restaurants let us bring him in. At Bistro 112, the wait staff actually brings him scraps from the kitchen, so we’re definitely planning on having lunch at our favorite bistro.”
Abbie Dudley, owner of Shepherdstown’s Bites & Brews, was in attendance at the event.
“I just have one dog-she’s my taste tester and product tester for everything I do,” said Dudley, who lives in Shepherdstown and mentioned that she regularly sells at the Shepherdstown Farmers Market. “I make all natural homemade pet treats, and do a line of all natural, chemical-free dog care products, like flea and ticket shampoo and paw balm.”
The three-year-old business also caters to some dogs’ more specific dietary needs.
“There are a lot of dogs that have a gluten issue, so I have gluten-free honey crunch biscuits for them,” Dudley said. “The ingredients I use are probably anything that’s already in your kitchen at home.”
Danny and Ruth Cissna, of Martinsburg, attended the event with their second Great Mountain Pyrenees rescue, six-year-old Dixie. Danny said the event was excellent.
“There’s a lot of information down there, too, for people who want to adopt a dog,” he said.
Ruth said the couple like bringing Dixie to events to socialize.
“We checked all of the booths out. We got some pretty good stuff, including dog biscuits and bacon,” Ruth said. “We do things like this to see how she’ll do and interact with people. She loved it. She had a piece of bacon and was friendly with all the other dogs.”
Both Ruth and Danny said Shepherdstown is an ideal town for animal lovers.
“We really appreciate dog-friendly towns like this, and would move here in a heartbeat if we found the right house,” Ruth said.