nDog event celebrates canines

June 5, 2009

By Jim Feehan

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It’s great to be a husky in Newcastle.

It’s also pretty keen to be a golden retriever, a border collie and a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever named Kodi.

Lake Boren Park went to the dogs May 30 as the city hosted its second annual nDog event for local canines. On the final weekend of May, the 80-degree weather resembled the dog days of August.

\Don Johnson, of Bellevue, leads Finley, a 15-month-old golden retriever, through an obstacle course at nDog at Lake Boren Park.  By Jim Feehan

Don Johnson, of Bellevue, leads Finley, a 15-month-old golden retriever, through an obstacle course at nDog at Lake Boren Park. By Jim Feehan

The warmer weather didn’t seem to faze Kodi.

“They’re a mellow kind of dog,” said Kodi’s owner, Eric Haupt, of Bellevue. 

The event, celebrating canines and organizations helping dogs in need, featured demonstrations by local animal groups. At the center of the park, Family Dog Training Center presented an agility course for dogs, complete with jumps, hurdles and hoops.

Don Johnson, of Bellevue, was leading his 15-month-old golden retriever, Finley, through the obstacle course.

“Golden retrievers are not known for their agility,” he said.

Admission was free, but organizers accepted donations of dog food or a blanket or towel that went to the Animals First Foundation and Furry Faces Foundation.

Bandanas, squeaky toys and other treats were distributed to pooches, too. 

Erik Kittilson, who lives near Newcastle’s proposed sports park, brought Sophie, a hound-pointer mix, to the doggie festivities. Sophie had moved more than 11 times before Kittilson adopted her from a rescue shelter in Little Rock, Ark. 

“We just love coming to Lake Boren Park, and Sophie has already made two friends,” Kittilson said of a nearby terrier and pug.

“She’s such a loving dog,” he said. “I know everyone says that about their dog, but Sophie’s the greatest.”

Near a path leading to the children’s playground, Rick Takagi, a professional photographer, took complimentary portraits of dogs with their owners. Takagi, of Kirkland, has a contract with Newcastle to photograph city events. 

“We wanted to create a setting where people could bring their dogs to the park and at the same time benefit a good cause,” said Jules Maas, Newcastle’s special events producer.

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One Response to “nDog event celebrates canines”

  1. Nancy White on June 11th, 2009 3:23 pm

    Regarding your article from June 5 – with the picture of my husband Don Johnson and our dog Finley… my husband did not make the statement, “Golden retrievers are not known for their agility” as stated in the article. What he said was that our Golden Retriever, Finley was having a hard time on the agility course as that day was the first time Finley had been on an agility course. Golden Retrievers are very agile dogs.

    Thank you

    Nancy

    Don Johnson, of Bellevue, leads Finley, a 15-month-old golden retriever, through an obstacle course at nDog at Lake Boren Park. By Jim Feehan
    The warmer weather didn’t seem to faze Kodi.

    “They’re a mellow kind of dog,” said Kodi’s owner, Eric Haupt, of Bellevue.

    The event, celebrating canines and organizations helping dogs in need, featured demonstrations by local animal groups. At the center of the park, Family Dog Training Center presented an agility course for dogs, complete with jumps, hurdles and hoops.

    Don Johnson, of Bellevue, was leading his 15-month-old golden retriever, Finley, through the obstacle course.

    “Golden retrievers are not known for their agility,” he said.

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