Saturday, October 11, 2014

Barktoberfest 2014

Today was the annual Barktoberfest event in Gilbert, AZ.  Barktoberfest is sponsored by Friends for Life, one of the rescues in the valley.  I've never gone to this, even though it's been held every year for 15 years!  Since Monty doesn't handle large groups of dogs well, Harlow got to go today.
We've arrived!
There were all kinds of events going on - live entertainment, an Alumni (dog) parade, dog washing, pet arts and crafts, shopping booths, food trucks, a lure course and contests for best pet-owner lookalikes, tricks and costumes.  We got there early and I knew we'd miss some of the events later in the day - Harlow wilts like a daisy when it gets a little warm out.

First we walked around and took a look at all of the booths.  ...and you know me, I kept an eye out for Golden Retrievers...
Random Golden #1
Random Golden #2
I have a lot of other Golden photos, but these two were the best.  I also enjoyed looking at the other dogs and a lot of dogs came in costume.
Red dogs in the red rocks...
This cutie was nice enough to pose for me. 

His brother was a bumble bee....

This pair was just so super handsome!
Great Danes!
Lots of folks came prepared for a picnic.  I'll remember this for next year.
This is one of Sam's former agility teachers and his dog Yoshi - they were entered in the lookalike contest.
So was this guy!  :)
Harlow tried agility with her favorite instructor, Amy, from Good Dog Agility:
Getting instructions from Amy.  Did I mention Harlow just adores Amy?
Piece of cake, Amy!
I'll admit, a few minutes prior to this Harlow tried to walk on the tunnel and had a victory lap around the field...

 ...but hey, when she comes back to look this awesome, she can be forgiven!  :)
 I also tried lure coursing with Harlow.  I think she loved it!  She didn't quite get what she was supposed to do, so I had to run a little bit with her.  Then she caught on...
I'm gonna catch you, funny moving thing on the ground!
Of course, the Princess got a little tuckered out.
Keep da water coming, Momma.
We watched a few of the other events going on:
I must let other dogs be awesome too.

Happy Harlow
This year I learned to come early, bring a blanket or a chair and find a shady spot to watch all the fun!  We are looking forward to next year.  


  1. What a fun day for you, Harlow! Our Barktoberfest is next Sunday and we are crossing our paws that we get to go!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  2. EXCEPT for the dog washing, it looks like a fantastic day out!

  3. What a fun event. That pups costume is hilarious
    Lily & Edward

  4. What a fun day. You can tell by Harlow's face that she had a great time.

  5. What an amazing day, it looks like everyone had a great time
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx
    PS we're still laughing at the bumble bee !

  6. That looks like a fun event. Not sure about the bumble bee though. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Looks like a fun day for everybody!

  8. Aw Harlow looking as beautiful as ever. Maybe next time you coulds take me.
    Luvs Cat Flap Cavalier x

  9. That looks like a lot of fun. Love that it could all be outside.

  10. Ha! "I must let the other dogs be awesome too". Our Princess is humble, isn't she?

    Seriously, that looks like it was tons of fun, and I'm not surprised that Harlow was a superstar!