The event, which takes place at the Saint Francis kennel and training facility at 8232 Enon Drive in Roanoke, starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
Saint Francis Service Dogs trains dogs to be partners for people with physical and emotional challenges. The dogs make a huge difference in the lives of their partners — allowing many to lead independent lives.
Dogtoberfest includes games for kids and dogs — all well-mannered, leashed dogs with proof of current rabies vaccine are welcome — and will include demonstrations from working dogs including police dogs and, of course, service dogs.
There will also be a flyball demonstration for those interested in learning more about this exciting dog sport.
A parade of dogs will also be featured.
Admission is free. Games and other events range in prices from $1 to $17 (for a Paw-casso portrait of you and your dog with a paw imprint.)
(Since I left my position as newsroom manager at The Roanoke Times to become a freelance writer, I also took a part-time position as a bookkeeper for Saint Francis Service Dogs. Nevertheless, I would blog about this event – as I have in the past — even if I didn’t work there.)