Day Trips: Harvest Festivals Welcome Dogs

Posted by Raja on September 1st, 2010 — Posted in Day Trips

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As we always say, “Happy Travels, Near and Far” and sometimes “far” can mean “far enough outside of your beaten path.”  One of the pleasures of the end of summer is that we all can vicariously participate in the traditional harvest festivities of local farm country beginning in the final weekend of August and extending straight through Octoberfest.  Usually these venues work out well for travel dogs because events are hosted outside and are defined by a sort of jolly relaxation.  Nobody’s too worried about maintaining the fading petunias any more. 

Raja recently visited a 4H Fair; the Woodstock, NY farm festival and he hopes to trot through a few vineyards next month. (Concerning vineyards, you do know that grapes are not edible for dogs, right?  No natural raisins either.  Just amble through, don’t nibble.) 

Dogs who visit fairs with animal exhibits need to act like guests.  We mean, if your dog is not scheduled to run amok for a scheduled educational program, then no running amok.  Walking sedately on leash will attract patters.  Guardians of the sheep and rabbit houses must be asked before your dog can enter.  Raja was not allowed in the sheep house because the official said, “Dogs are natural herders; he will harass the sheep.” which is just SO likely, right?  Well, that demonstrates an egregious lack of knowledge about the genetics of Shih Tzu (which Raja’s upcoming book hopes to rectify).  BUT, he was welcomed in the rabbit house and invited to meet the bunnies, even though he actually was a little shy, himself. 

He enjoyed personifying a bunny.  (Who knows why?)  And he loved watching the Service Dog Skill Demonstration from a prickly seat on a bale of hay.  Of course, he enjoyed seeing the fair’s prize tomato, radish and enormous blue potato.  Impressive!  Kudos to the 13-year-old who did the lovely pastel of the Angora goat. 

At the Woodstock Farm Festival there were more Shih Tzu dogs per square yard than we have ever seen.  I don’t know how to explain this.  The second most common dog was the Black Lab.  Who knows why?  But everybody loved all the dogs and everybody patted them and the produce was awesome, organic, enormous and tasty. 

Since late summer, or Indian Summer as it has been called (whatever that means) is usually dully sweltering mid-day, be sure to take water and portable bowl.  Take a water bottle for yourself too and leave room for funnel cake, 20 grain bread and local honey comb. (Sure, a nibble for puppy too is OK.)


Comment by Abigail

The only thing Pippi ever herds is kibbles inside her dish!!

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Comment by Pat&Buttercup do you manage to get around …we are so jealous !…somehow I can’t imagine you chasing sheep.

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Comment by Molly, Grace & IsaBella

Sounds like LOADS of fun! Woo Hoo, you even got to see lots of Shih Tzu; how cool is that? We are totally lovin’ the pic of you as a bunny… does that mean you are a “festival hopper”? LOL

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Comment by The Nyce Girls

Oh Raja, I agree with “The Girls”, your bunny pic is too cute!!! The vineyards sound “devine”.

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Comment by Carolyn, Tasha, Cy & CT

Thanks for sharing your adventure at the festival. It sounds like such a fun time. We did agility with dogs who like to herd sheep last weekend but I don’t think us shih tzus look anything like those dogs. At least you got to visit with the bunnies. Thank you for reminding our moms what to bring along when go on an outing.

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Comment by Jude

Raja makes a great rabbit! Fun times for Fall :-)

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh how cute you and mommy are in these photo’s. Raja, you can be my little snuggle bunny any hour of any day or night.

Oh, how funny “Fesival Hopper”, that is so cute.

Kisses to everyone and oh yeah, we voted for Alice’s Rescue today. Wondering if we can only vote once per day?

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

I forgot to ask what is that tiny dog the little girl in the green and white tie dye shirt is holding?

Got to get out the door to work now, so will check later.

Oh my gosh, I almost signed out for The Rufus…….

Posted on September 4, 2010 at 6:22 am

Comment by AngieC

My little Francie loves rural Fall fairs! We’ve been to 3 this year and each was wonderful! Wish I could post the photo of her in her little John Deere dress and the pics of her sitting with the pumpkins!

Posted on October 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

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