Dog owners are encouraged to check-in at Governors Square at the corner of Central Avenue and Broad Street to grab their Doggie Bag and Paws-port Guide, Goheen said. From there, she said, they can collect free dog treats and goodies from participating downtown businesses.
All dogs must be leashed, Goheen said.
“It’s all about celebrating the love between owners and their dogs and encouraging that love,” Goheen, who founded the event five years ago when she worked at All About Pet Care, the major sponsor. “Dogs give you unconditional love and do no wrong unless you count chewing up a shoe. Dogs make life great.”
She said the event includes most of downtown and it’s about a one-mile walk from one end to the other.
Some of the agencies that will have booths set up include Joseph’s Legacy, PAWS Adoption Center, Animal Friends Human Society and Wonder Dogs.
A veterinarian from All About Pet Care will be available to provide first-aid to the dogs if necessary, she said.
It’s not all about dogs, though. Goheen said there’s a “Secret Cat Corner” when owners can receive free treats and toys for their cats.
“We just can’t tell the dogs where the cats are,” Goheen said with a laugh. “That’s why it’s a secret.”
HOW TO GO
WHAT: Dog Day Downtown
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Downtown Middletown