The city of Johns Creek is hosting the first Pup-a-Palooza at Newtown Park March 2.
“Ever since the dog park was renovated we’ve had one of the premier dog parks around,” said the city’s recreation manager Kirk Franz.
“We have such a great facility that we want to celebrate.”
The Newtown Dream Dog Park received a $500,000 facelift compliments of the first Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Food contest won by Johns Creek resident Pat McNeely and his dog, Koda. The redesigned park opened June 15, 2011.
Since then, Franz said there is hardly a time where people and their pooches are not utilizing the facility.
“Other than our walking trails our dog park is the most popular part of Newtown,” he said. “Every time we drive by there is somebody out there.”
The two-hour event will start at 10 a.m. and will feature live music by Craig Gleason, caricature sketches of people with their pets and trained-dog demonstrations. Talented dogs out there will have a chance to show off their tricks during a best trick contest, and posh pups will be able to show off their fashion in a best dressed contest.
Both contests require pre-registration. Registration will be open until Feb. 27 and space is limited.
Franz said the parks team is in the process of inviting Johns Creek doggy-based businesses to the festival to hand out information and giveaways.
Also, there will be hot dogs, chips and drinks for the humans to munch on. The city will also take the opportunity to share some of the rules of the park as either an introduction or reminder for visitors.
“We’re going to provide a little bit of education to our folks who visit the dog park,” Franz said.
Some rules of the park are that all dogs must wear a collar with valid license and have current vaccinations, people must clean up their dog’s waste, puppies under four months and female dogs in heat are not allowed in the park and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.