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Frankenmuth River Place Shops host 10th annual Dog Bowl 2016

05-17-2016 12:12 PM CET | Tourism, Cars, Traffic

Press release from: Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Do you have a sporty Sheltie, an athletic Aussie, or a rip-roaring Retriever in your house? All breeds of dogs and their owners can come out and play at the annual Dog Bowl 2016 this Memorial Day Weekend—Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. —at Frankenmuth River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, Mich.

Friends, family and, of course, dogs will have a great time participating or spectating this unusual, fun-filled, free admission event. It is the world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs.

This year, something even more special will be taking place—the wedding of Dean Baber and Anne Hennion, a couple who knew each other more than 40 years ago but then became separated (as can happen with “teen love”). Now reunited, they are getting married, by special request, at this year's Dog Bowl (the ceremony is Saturday at 2 p.m and “all friends, 2 legged and 4 legged, are invited to attend.”)

Michael Zehnder, General Manager of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Chairman of the Dog Bowl event, is both thrilled for the couple and looking forward to a family weekend filled with the potential for great memories. “With or without a dog, visitors will have a great time enjoying these dog Olympics.”

Dog Bowl 2016 is a free family event, featuring more than 29 events and competitions, with 22 events for pets and their owners to join in on. Whether it’s watching dogs nearly break world records at the DockDogs Distance Diving Competition, rocking with the Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team or enjoying Silly Pet Tricks, everyone will find something to enjoy at this year’s event. New activities at this year’s Dog Bowl include American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and United Kennel Club (UKC) Socialized Pet Obedience testing each day (see details below).

Learn more and download a complete activities schedule by visiting http://www.dogbowlfun.com.

Dog Bowl 2016 events include:

Dock Dogs Distance Diving Competitions - Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several world records were nearly broken during last year’s competition! Children love to stand poolside to literally “feel” the action as they are sprayed by the resulting splashes. All competitors are strongly encouraged to pre-register online at www.dockdogs.com. On-site registration will be available as long as open slots remain.

Barn Hunt - Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 fee. An exciting new AKC-sanctioned sport, dogs use their hunting instincts to search through a course of straw bales to signal their owner when a rat is found. The rat will be unharmed and encased in a tube.
Disc Dog Competitions, considered by many spectators as the highlight event of the weekend, will be expanded this year to include two World Qualifying Disc Dog Competitions. On May 28, the Skyhoundz U.S. Open Qualifier will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (www.skyhoundz.com). May 29 brings the Ashley Whippet Invitational (www.ashleywhippet.com). More than 80 dogs will compete as they demonstrate a variety of skills. Some are set to music, while other challenges are for distance and speed. Judges score on the originality and skill of both the dog and the handler.


Doggie Dash De Lure Races – Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Watch professionally trained dogs race through an obstacle course chasing a lure pulled by ropes and pulleys for the fastest times. If your dog likes to chase squirrels, they can attempt the course, too.

Agility Course includes demonstrations and various competitions daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in trying their “paw” at agility courses are welcome and will have the opportunity to be instructed by professional trainers.

Annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Humans can join for a $3 fee; dogs are free. Pre-registration is required as it is limited to the first 75 dogs, however the Bavarian Belle allows dogs on any of their boat tours.
Police K-9 Demonstrations - Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the River Place Shops Field. The Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association and BlueLine Police K-9 will exhibit the world of police K-9’s. Narcotics detection, handler protection and criminal apprehension will be demonstrated at this event.

Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team will perform tricks, relay racing, limbo competitions and choreographed obedience routines and more – all to a Rock ‘N’ Roll musical show. Performance times are Saturday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Paws With A Cause Demonstration - 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Festival Platz. Spectators will witness a trained PAWS Assistance Dog in action and learn about what the dogs are trained to do.

Border Collie Sheep Herding Demonstrations - Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The demonstrator selects children from the audience to attempt to herd sheep better than one Border Collie. Border Collies will demonstrate their skill set and instincts as they control and move a herd of sheep within a six-acre fenced area.

Annual Pet Parade - Saturday at 1p.m. Come join the parade with your dog! It starts in the south entrance parking lot of River Place Shops and travels north on Main Street, then east over Bavarian Inn’s Wooden Covered Bridge and ends at the east parking lot. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs and view the parade from sidewalks along the route.

Enter your dog into the Best Canine Costume Contest - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (immediately following the pet parade, approximately 1:30 pm). This entertaining event blends the “creativity” of owners with their pets’ “tolerance” for wearing the costume in public.

Visit the Festival Platz Stage Saturday, May 28 at 1:45 p.m. to hear the stories of the winners for the 2016 Dog Bowl King and Queen Award.

Watch the debut of the Doggie Fashion Show at the Festival Platz Stage on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. This is the place to check out the latest in furry fashion.
Dog owners have the opportunity to show off to the public the unique (silly) tricks they have taught their canine at the Silly Pet Tricks event at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Dog owners can sign up onsite.

Is your dog fast? Sign up on site for the 25 Yard Small Doggie Fun Run Race on Saturday at 3 p.m. or the 50 Yard Big Doggie Fun Run Race on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Wiener Dog Races will be held for the hottest little hounds in town at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Festival Platz Stage. All wiener dogs are welcome. Bring your dog and register at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
AKC Canine Good Citizen testing/ UKC Socialized Pet Obedience Test (SPOT) – The AKC Canine Good Citizen as well as the UKC Socialized Pet Obedience Test recognizes dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. These programs stress responsible dog ownership and basic obedience training for dogs. Testing for a small fee will be offered both days from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dog Bowl 2016 brings the return of the Selfie Stations. The stations will be set up for owners to take pictures with their dogs.

More than 20 dog rescue agencies from across Michigan will be attending and looking for homes for many of their “prized pooches.”

Dog Bowl 2016 will also host more than 50 exhibitors offering unique pet-related products and services, inflatable games for children, and face painting for a small fee.

To print a detailed schedule for Dog Bowl 2016 visit www.dogbowlfun.com. For more information,
call 1-800-600-0105. Remember, admission to the event is free!

Dog Bowl 2016 is a free family event, featuring more than 29 events and competitions, with 22 events for pets and their owners to join in on. Whether it’s watching dogs nearly break world records at the DockDogs Distance Diving Competition, rocking with the Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team or enjoying Silly Pet Tricks, everyone will find something to enjoy at this year’s event. New activities at this year’s Dog Bowl include American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and United Kennel Club (UKC) Socialized Pet Obedience testing each day (see details below).

713 S. Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI

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