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Sixth Annual Dog Bowl Sunday May 6 at Cotton Bowl

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Dallas South News Wire

Running, jumping, splashing and strutting, pooches and their favorite people will partake in all sorts of four-legged fun when Fair Park unlatches the gates to the Cotton Bowl for the free Dog Bowl from 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

For the sixth year, Dallas’ most historic football field will transform into a super-sized dog park for canines of all sizes to romp and run unleashed! From one-stop fitness and canine obedience classes, a pet/owner look-alike contest and splash pools, to affordable vaccines, adoptable pets and pooch apparel, Dog Bowl will serve up plenty of pooch-pleasing excitement.

“What dog lover does not think their dog is a star? Thanks to Dog Bowl, all us Dallas area dog lovers can prove it by watching our four legged pals run, catch and roll in the grass at the Cotton Bowl,” said Craig Holcomb, president of Friends of Fair Park. “Each year, we have more and more dogs and more and more people and more and more fun.”

Activities will include an animal-only agility course; one-stop fitness and canine obedience classes with Hustle-N-Heel (1:30 and 2:45 p.m.); Dallas DAWG demos featuring jumps, tunnels, A-frame, teeter totters and more (1 and 3:05 p.m.); a pet/owner look-alike contest (4:20 p.m.); plus live music by the seasoned jazz bassist Barri Pearson (1:45 – 2:45 and 3:20 – 4:20 p.m.). Trainers, veterinarians and other canine connoisseurs will share the latest tips and trends in the tail-wagging world. Pet-product vendors will be on site offering apparel, pooch portraits with DFW PhotoButtons ($5), plaster of Paris paw print canine crafts ($5), giveaways, plus information on doggy daycares, groomers and other pet care companies. Luv My Pet will offer special pricing on vaccinations and microchipping.

Operation Kindness, Humane Society of Dallas County, Weimaraner Rescue of Texas, Lone Star Pyrs and Paws, All Texas Dachshund Rescue, Recycled Pomeranians and other rescue groups will be on site with adoptable pets. Plus local dog clubs and other animal welfare organizations will be outside the entrance gate of the Cotton Bowl at the Woofstock “tail” gating zone.

Small dog owners will appreciate the special area on the field where puppies and petite pooches can play.

A misting tent and dozens of “dip and sip” splash pools will keep canines cool and quenched, while dog owners will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments (including beer) and other concessions for sale.

Dog Bowl is free and open to the public. The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to the Fair Park and MLK, Jr. stations. Please note: Non-service animals are allowed on DART only if they are in crates. Owners will be asked to observe all current City of Dallas Dog Park policies while at Fair Park.

Dog Bowl is hosted by Friends of Fair Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsors are MetroPCS, Green Mountain Energy, Petco, Baylor Healthcare System, Kevin Bartholomew, Mary McDermott Cook, WFAA, 98.7 KLUV, RadioDisney, K104 104.5 FM, Smooth R&B 105.7 FM KRNB, The Greensheet, Yelp, Modern Dog Magazine and the City of Dallas.

For more information, please call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or go to fairpark.org. Also, like Dog Bowl onFacebook.

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