If your dog has a few tricks up his paw or is the most obedient on the block, now’s your chance to prove it.
Canines for a Cause Charity Festival is back this weekend for the second year after the success of the inaugural event, which saw dozens of owners and their four-legged friends taking part.
This year’s venue is the same, in the grounds of Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with the spectacular backdrop of the sea.
The event on Saturday (Feb 20) promises to be a fun-filled day out for all the family and your dog, with competitions, games, agility displays and educational spots.
Contests include obstacle challenges, musical hoops, best trick, “Bone Appetite” food eating competition, “Pawcasso” dog painting, and a Dress Up Relay, which Y Magazine is sponsoring.
All the action will be held inside an open tent, allowing everyone to watch the furry competitors.
There will also be lots of stalls and refreshments.
It’s not just about fun, as the festival is raising funds for charity; this year it’s for the benefit of the Oman Diabetes Association.
“This year is going to be bigger and better,” says Alfa Vold, managing director of Muscat-based Canadian Jebel K9 Training & Services, who is behind the Canines for a Cause event.
“Our aim is to give people the opportunity to get out with their dogs and have fun, which is limited here [in Oman], and create a better bond with their dog.
“It’s all for a good cause and will be safe and healthy fun for everyone to enjoy.”
Junior Handlers from Jebel K9 will be up first in the morning with a display of their talents with their canine companions.
Alfa, a certified master dog trainer, will also be showcasing her own dogs with Gizmo the collie doing a freestyle canine “dance” to disco hit “Let’s Groove Tonight” and Tilly and Diesel appearing in agility displays.
Whatever you or your dog’s ability, everyone is welcome. Turn up with or without a dog, to take part and spectate.
All dogs can join in, from rescues, crossbreeds, pure breeds, small dogs, big dogs and all sizes in between.
“We look forward to seeing everyone there,” says Alfa.