Plenty of puppy love at Puttin’ On The Dog

 Joan Lynch, with the help of Sammy Ennis and Meghan Lynch, celebrate a third place win in the “mirror mirror” contest.  — John Ferris Robben photo

Joan Lynch, with the help of Sammy Ennis and Meghan Lynch, celebrate a third place win in the “mirror mirror” contest. — John Ferris Robben photo

Dog lovers of Greenwich had themselves a heck of a time last Sunday at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park with the annual Puttin’ on the Dog Festival of Fun. The event, put together by Adopt A Dog and sponsored by Pet Pantry Warehouse has been a beloved Greenwich celebration for more than 30 years as ribbons are handed out, dogs (and even cats) have their day in the sun and the importance of pet adoption, especially of rescue dogs, is stressed. This is one of the largest events staged in Greenwich each year and this year brought in another huge crowd of both two legged and four legged animals. Music, food, children’s art and even a bouncy castle made the event a family friendly festival but it was the animals who were the main attraction. Greenwich residents Donna Nives, Gloria Scheuer and Pam Fahnstock came up with the idea for this more than 30 years ago to deal with a growing problem of dogs being forced to spend their lives in pounds and shelters simply because the public was not aware that they were available for adoption. That’s why adoption is stressed so emphatically at the event with several parades of animals who are available to be adopted for the general public to see. In addition to the parade, people brought their own dogs, many of whom had been adopted as rescues, for competition in categories like “Mirror Mirror” (to see which owners and animals looked the most alike), “Best Tail Wagger” (to see who can wag fastest and best), “Mighty Mights” (for small dogs) and even to see which dogs can kiss the best. There were also opportunities for local pet businesses and animal advocacy groups to set up booths to educate pet owners. And it wasn’t just dogs up for adoption as animals as varied as cats and guinea pigs were also there. It was a pet lover’s delight in Greenwich and Post photographer John Ferris Robben was at the scene so make sure and check out the slideshow of images above.

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