To The Daily Sun,
BOW WOW Fest held its seventh pooch parade on Saturday, June 3, and Mother Nature remained cranky — though not unbearable. She did get a bit carried away keeping the bugs away, inhibiting our ability to post the art work from Holy Trinity and Woodland Heights’ Grade 5. (A big shout-out thank-you to you kids!)
Still we were a hardy group and welcomed a new K-9 demonstration with Animal Planet local celebrity Ruger and his handler, Officer Robert Mancini.
Being the retired mistress of ceremonies, I wish to express my sincerest thanks to Marylee Gorham for bringing the event under the umbrella of the New Hampshire Humane Society and to these dedicated committee members: Lissa Mascio, NHHS’ Development Director; Cristy Martel of the Four Paws Inn; Alix DeLorenzo of Homeward Bound; and last but not least, Ann Saltmarsh of Laconia Public Works, who remained from my tenure as the nuts-and-bolts wizard. Kevin Dunleavy of Parks and Recs, another original hands-on volunteer and set-up guru with Public Works strongmen Dan and Tyler; Steve Smith and Alan Blakely, traffic coordinators; and our landowners, Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault of the Opechee Inn and Spa — the event couldn’t run without you. Thank you.
While vendors adjust every year, these three local businesses have never missed a year: Brandon of My Coffee House, Kelly Arbogast of Doggonit Training and Happy Tails Dog Park. Your support is heartwarming and so appreciated.
A special thank-you to our mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to judge our costume contest and our sheriff, equally busy, who lead the parade in uniform. Who else could do it as well?
I expect I may have missed naming others who were integral to its success and I apologize. To all those handsome and adorable fur children who took time out from their own busy schedules and dragged their owners to this annual feast for the eyes, a huge woofing thank-you. I hope to see you all again in another year.
Claire L. Hebert-Dow
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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