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Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade September 26 | Wonderfeet Kids Museum

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Wonderpaws Festival & Paw Parade September 26

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum will be holding the Wonderpaws Festival in Downtown Rutland presented by Rutland Herald and PetGear. The event will be held event on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on Center Street from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wonderpaws Festival is a new community event that will provide an opportunity for kids, families and community members to celebrate a day in downtown with their dogs.

Registration includes participation for dogs and dog owners in the Wonderpaws Festival Paw Parade, a token of appreciation for all participants and a chance to win a judges choice award in several categories including:

Best Pooch Smooch – Slurp slurp slurp. This dog has kissing down to a fine art.

Best Voice – This should ‘speak’ for itself. The judges will be looking for that special howl, bark or musical number.

Best Pet/Owner Look-A-Like – Do you and your pet look similar? Go all out and dress alike for the competition!

Smallest Dog – If your pooch can fit in a purse, you may have this contest in the bag.

Best Dressed – Here’s your chance to let your pet “strut the runway” in his or her favorite outfit.

Most Entertaining – Tricks!

Wildest Wag – This dog wags its entire body!

Best smile – Does your dog grin, laugh, or smile from ear to ear? Showing all your canine teeth isn’t always a bad idea

Longest Tail – We might even have to break out the measuring tape for this one.

Shortest Legs – The seven dwarfs had nothing on this dog!

Most Mysterious Heritage – How many dogs may have contributed to your pet’s mix? A lab, spaniel, shepherd-oodle, bulldog?

Most Glamorous – Your dog can’t get enough of doggy bling.

Longest Ears


Best Dog Float – (cart, wagon, non-motorized)

The event is free and open to the public. However, all dogs must register to attend the event.

Register your dog online today


Presenting sponsor Rutland Herald is hosting a pre-event online Dog of the Day Photo Contest for all registered dogs who’s owners submit a photo with their registration. Contest valid now thru 9/23. Winners of the photo contest can win a First Prize $100 Pet Gift Card, Second Prize $50 Pet Gift Card and Third Prize $25 Pet Gift Card.

Vote for your favorite at

The festival will feature many kid-friendly and dog-friendly activities and demonstrations. In addition, visitors may explore dog-related vendors and specialists. Exhibitor and vendor opportunities available.

Here are several things you will find up and down the street… 

1. Free activities such as, make a dog treat, stuffed animal ER Clinic, books and puppet stage, make a button, dog paw art by Hands On Minds On and have your picture taken with your dog by b.coy photography.
2. A raffle of goods from Pet Gear our presenting sponsor.
3. Music by MC Sounds with special guest and emcee, Nanci Gordon.
4. Many exhibitors and vendors including Magic Faces by Michelle, Heritage Family Credit Union, Therapy Dogs of Vermont, Frogs & Lily Pads, “Peace of Mind Canine Retreat, Petco, Dog Watch VT, Mentor Connector, Humane Society, Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center, Styledots Jewelry, Life Vantage, Rutland Area Disaster Animal Rescue Team and last but not least a sneak peek on the street of Phoenix Books.

Presenting sponsor Pet Gear will be providing items for an onsite auction of their pet related accessories such as a crate, pet stroller, pen and more. More details available at the event. Come check it out!

After the Paw Parade participants will gather for the winner ceremony on Center Street. Judges choice awards will be presented to winning dogs and their dog owners.

Calling all volunteers! Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum Wonderpaws Festival is looking for energetic volunteers help make this event a success. It will be an unforgettable experience. So, join us!

The Wonderpaw Festival fundraiser will directly benefit Wonderfeet for capital projects and the community with educational programs. Wonderfeet encourages children to appreciate their role in local and global communities by creating a dynamic environment which fosters curiosity and exploration, inspires creativity and engages the imagination through play.

For more information call 282-2678 or email info@wkmvt.org

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