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A fair for furry friends

Hundreds attend annual Bow-Wows & Meows pet fair at Hart Park

Posted: October 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Bryce Downey, 13, of Canyon Country pets some puppies put up for adoption at the Sunday event. Photo by John Lazar.

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There was plenty of “wow” at the 13th Annual Bow-Wows and Meows pet adoption event Sunday after hundreds of pet owners showed up at William S. Hart Regional Park with their furry four-legged loved ones for a variety of reasons. 

For Taylor Skinner, who adopted her “itty bitty” pit bull, Harlow, back in March, Sunday’s event was a reunion of sorts.

“We came to visit and see if any of her siblings were here,” she said.

Harlow was the “runt of the litter” of seven pups, she said, heaping praise on the annual event aimed at drumming up support for pet adoptions.

For Karen Kennedy-Ross, who runs the local K-9 Training School, the annual event was kind of a school field trip for some of the dogs enrolled in her obedience-training program.

“I’ve handed out more than 400 business cards today,” she said, as scores of other dogs on leashes passed by her.
The annual pet adoption event which evolves into a networking event for dogs — and cats — pays off about a week later, Kennedy-Ross said, when business card recipients call her for help in disciplining their pets.
“It takes about a week when they (dogs) do something again,” she said.

Animal Control officers with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control brought more than 150 animals to this year’s pet adoption.

Jose Chunga wasn’t even a pet owner when he first checked out the pet adoption four years ago. A year later, he and his family returned to the park with Candy, a chihuahua, for immunization shots. Now the event is an annual ritual.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, event attendees strolled - leash in hand - from one food vender to another, checking out various services offered to pet owners.

“It’s been really busy,” said Erin Tomanek, ownerof Paw Prints Pictures, who spent the day photographing portraits of dogs.

Pet owners learned her secret for keeping dogs still for picture-taking - have an assistant hold the animal’s hindquarters.

“I’m the official pet butt holder,” said dog wrangler Jackie Gres, who popped up from behind the dog staging podium once the photographing was over.

The result: a studio quality photo of Treeni and Buster, a teacup chihuahua and a Jack Russell Terrier respectively.
Their owner, Kathleen Bauer, left this year’s event happy, she said.
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