Monday, March 15, 2010


What a weekend! We had so much fun at PawsAbilities, and we hope you did, too!

All the fun started at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Our canine and human guests shopped at the many vendors, who were selling colorful bandanas, leashes, collars, pet photos, all sorts of delicious dog treats and food, dog toys - everything you can imagine for your dog.

Dogs and their handlers played the Dog Olympic Games, where they squeezed under the limbo stick, played musical hoops, and tested their ability to clean their plate. Watch a video of some of our Olympic Games.

For the first time, we held the Cutest Dog Contest, and there were so many cute dogs, it was tough to pick the cutest! This little guy was just one of the many entrants in the contest.

Here are a few videos of the fun demonstrations you could watch at PawsAbilities:

The Appalachian Air Canines caught more frisbees than we could count!

The Ultimate Air Dogs made a huge splash as they leaped off the dock!

K9 Loki and her handler, Detective Dennis Woodring, made another appearance. Loki is an accelerant detection dog, trained to detect accelerants such as gasoline and kerosene, among others. When she smells an accelerant, she lets Detective Woodring know by sitting.

Once again, we held our Great Biscuit Bite-Off! Our service dogs and service dogs-in-training judged homemade dog treats. SSD Devon, Cinderella, Caspian, Slate and Graham Cracker judged the finalists. Watch the video.

Here are this year's winners of the Bite-Off:

1st: Heather Heimbach, Gourmet Chocolate Treats
2nd: Joe Goetz of Wag-n-Tail Treats, Turkey and Cranberry Roll Ups
3rd: Hannah Byorick - Biscuit Bites
4th: Jennifer Dunkleberger, Pumpkin Face Biscuits
5th: Nic Olson, Squirrelly Doodles
6th: Susan Tyson, Trout's Favorite Biscuits

Congratulations to the winners!

At the end of each day, we held the Abrams & Weakley Parade! All dogs, large and small, paraded around the Main Hall. What a great way to end the day! Watch the video.

These are just a few of the fun things to do at PawsAbilities. We hope you'll join us next year for even more fun!

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