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Dog lovers get their days at Riverside Park this weekend

Event features everything from vendors and holistic treatments to non-competitive obstacle courses and best-looking dog event

Riverside Park will be going to the dogs this weekend for the third annual Dog Lovers Days event.

Organizer Mark Gross said the event is "growing rapidly" since it started three years ago.

"People just like bringing their dogs out for an afternoon of fun," Gross said. "It's gone viral in three years."

The event is a non-competitive day of fun, socializing and education for dog owners.

"It's just a chance to be social with your dogs and make friends, and that's what happens, they make friends."

There are information and vendor booths, an agility course, talent show and a large leash-free area for dogs to play and socialize. A lure course for smaller dogs that can't jump enough for the obstacle course and doggy-dipping water area will also be available.

There will also be a holistic dog treatment area and a pamper zone, where your dog can get everything from hair brushing to nail clipping.

Gross points out that any of the agility courses and talent shows are all for fun, not competition. It's just a chance for family dogs to try some things like an agility course.

"The only 'competition' is the best-dressed dog contest, but I let everyone win," Gross said. "The dogs don't want a trophy. Until a dog asks me for a trophy, it's not a contest."

Dog Lovers Days started three years ago in three locations. Gross said it's now up to 26 locations across the province and now into British Columbia.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

There is no charge to attend the event, but donations for the Ontario Veterinary College's Pet Trust will be accepted.

Organizers ask that all dogs be on a non-retractable leash.

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