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2nd annual Woofstock draws thousands to Rocklin

By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald editor
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For more photos: Woofstock big hit with dog lovers

The dogs had their day this past weekend as canines of all sizes, shapes and breeds converged on Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin Sunday morning.
The second annual Woofstock event, a fundraiser for local animal shelter organizations offered dogs and dog lovers a variety of ways to enjoy their day with a Grateful Dog run/walk, pancake breakfast, dog races, human barking and costume contests and vendors offering dog food, dog training, dog accessories and more.
Jim Crosthwaite, coordinator for this year’s event said attendance included more than 4,000 dog owners and lovers and hundreds of canines of all types.
Chuck Woodson was on hand assisting with the flyball demonstrations. Woodson said flyball is a relay race with four dogs on a team. The course is 51 feet and consists of a starting line, four hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The dogs jump the hurdles and step on a spring-loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and then runs back over the four hurdles. The fastest time recorded in any flyball competition is 15.43 seconds.
But Sunday’s demonstration, according to Woodson, wasn’t about the competition, but more about exposing visitors to the concept as dogs of all abilities and speeds showed off their talents.
An event such as Woofstock takes the commitment of lots of volunteers to make the day run smoothly. Sierra College students Andrea Evans and Joanna Ransinger were on hand at one Woofstock booth offering a trivia game for guests to learn more about their animals.
“We lost our dog during the summer, and I’m a dog lover so I’m in the market for a new dog,” Roseville resident Evans said.
In the dog/owner look-alike contest, Miles Egstad of Citrus Heights took top honors with his boxer-mix, Pabst. Pabst was also the recipient of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair this past summer.
“It’s because of his under bite,” Egstad said.
Dogs in need of some care for their tootsies were in good company as Aunt Cynthia’s Cage-Free Bed and Biscuit Inn in Loomis was offering complimentary nail trims for dogs, while Rocklin’s Wags to Riches was on hand to paint any canine’s nails, whatever color the owner desired.
Lisa Vitello, Wags to Riches owner, said in addition to painting nails, her business also offers dog grooming.
“We even dye dogs,” Vitello said. “We’ve done pink Mohawks and other colors as well.”
For Shirlee Thomas, regional volunteer for the Norcal Golden Retriever Rescue Foundation, events such as Woofstock help get the word out about the rescue organizations.
“We want people to know they can come to us,” she said. “Rescues and shelters offer a safe place for people to leave their animals.”
Thomas said she’s noticed more dogs left at organizations such as the Golden Retriever Rescue because of the tough economy.
“We have rescues in every county,” Thomas said. “We have our dogs in private foster homes and we go to great lengths to match up the dogs with an owner.”
For those who missed Sunday’s Woofstock in Rocklin, another one takes place in El Dorado Hills from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the El Dorado Hills Community Park.