Cool Aid 40th Anniversary Arts Festival Goes to the Dogs

Cool Aid has enlisted the help of Citizen Canine to hostDoggy Idol during its summer Arts Festival, on Saturday, August 16 from 1 to 7 pm. Doggy Idol will be a memorable event for any dog and dog owner, with a fun test, and a series of zany activities such as: dog/owner ball and spoon race, dog with the waggiest tale contest, best-dressed dog, owner most like the dog, etc. (complete schedule, 1-5:30 pm, below). A demonstration “fun test” with a half dozen dogs will be held for the media on the grass adjacent to Centennial Square’s info kiosk, site of Doggy Idol, at 2 pm on Thursday, July 31 – Citizen Canine will run a dog through the fun test and Cool Aid will outline the diverse Arts Festival line-up.

“Any dog and owner can participate in Doggy Idol,” said Brenda Axon, a director of Citizen Canine. “There is no need to pre-register and no fee. Just bring yourself and your four-legged friend down to the Cool Aid Arts Festival on Saturday, August 16.” Donations for Cool Aid will also be accepted at Doggy Idol.

“If you don’t have a dog, bring yourself, family and friends to enjoy live music, visual arts, poetry, street performers and children’s activities at the 40th Anniversary ‘Cool Aid Culture’ Arts Festival,” added Kathy Stinson, Cool Aid’s executive director.

An additional 75 volunteers are still needed for the Arts Festival on Saturday, August 16. Interested members of the public can call 250-590-1931 or email volunteer@CoolAid.org to get involved.

Citizen Canine is a Victoria group focused on advocacy, public education and canine community building including the Canine Good Neighbour Program for the public. “The generally well-behaved dogs of street people show that some of them could teach our Good Neighbour Program,” said director Helen Zeilstra.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building hope, lives and community in the Capital Region for 40 years, since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supported housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, and a casual labour pool. For more information visit www.CoolAid.org or call 250-383-1977.

The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative.

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Information:        www.CoolAid.org/40     www.citizencanine.org

A complete schedule for Doggy Idol is below.

Kathy Stinson, Executive Director
250-383-1977, kstinson@CoolAid.org

Alan Rycroft, Community Relations Coordinator
250-414-4781, arycroft@CoolAid.org

Helen Zeilstra, Director, Citizen Canine
250-217-9877, helen@citizencanine.org

Brenda Axon, Director, Citizen Canine
250-664-6615 or 250-896-5029, brendaaxon@shaw.ca


Schedule for Doggy Idol

Saturday, August 16 @ 1 – 5:30 pm

Centennial Square, Victoria City Hall

 

Part of Cool Aid Culture – Arts Festival

 

 1 pm Canine Good Neighbour fun test
Novice Agility course will be running at the same time
 1.30 pm Dog/owner ball and spoon race (dogs will be on leash)
 2 pm Dog with the waggiest tail
 2.20 pm Dog with the most unique trick
 2.45 pm Canine Good Neighbour fun test
Novice Agility course will be running at the same time
 3.15 pm Fastest Eater
 3.30 pm Owner most like dog
 3.50 pm Canine Good Neighbour fun test
Novice Agility course will be running at the same time
 4.20 pm Dog with the most appealing eyes
 4.40 pm Best Dressed Dog (Owners dress dogs up)
 5.10 pm Canine Good Neighbour fun test
Novice Agility course will be running at the same time