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DogFest is this Saturday

Grab a leash and some comfy shoes: DogFest is scheduled for Sept. 27 and promises fun for all the people and pets in your family.

This day-long festival will include games, contests, demonstrations, and kids’ activities -- and everything there welcomes humans and dogs. Watch Rover knock down 10 pins in a game of bowling, play hide-n-seek, or paint with his paws (seriously).

Challenge him with an agility course, have him tested for his AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award, let him swim, or visit a vet and trainer to ask questions. And if all that’s not enough, enter him into the best costume contest, best trick, or best kisser competition — all feature terrific prizes from MaGooby’s Joke House and are hosted by national comedians, including Mark Unger from HBO’s "Veep."

Don’t forget the Paws on Parade Walkathon — a 1 or 1.6-mile walk on the Baltimore Humane Society’s nature preserve property. Walk with your dog or as part of a team. Visit to register.

And be sure to work up an appetite, because vendors will offer food and refreshments. Feeling a little lonely? It’s your lucky day there, too. The shelter will be open for adoptions.

All activities benefit animals in need of care and refuge at the 365-acre no-kill shelter. It’s going to be a day to remember. DogFest runs 10 am. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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