NORTH CANTON They came in packs.
Every breed, every size, every color and every age. The hills and valleys at the Fieldcrest Estate was overrun by dogs and their owners last Saturday for the first annual Pawchella. It was a pet fest for lovers of furry friends of all shapes and sizes.
While over 500 pets had walked through the grounds in the first two hours, there was hardly any barking and all the dogs seemed to be getting along. The dogs just seemed to know they were somewhere that was created especially for them to play, meet and greet and show off for their owners.
The event was the first of its kind for the hosts, 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1. Marketing director Mary Ann McAllister said the event was free and people were allowed to bring any type of pet.
"While all pets are welcome including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pigs and others, it looks like we have mostly dogs attending," McAllister said.
The favorite and pampered pets enjoyed a doggie fun zone, pet friendly contests including one for best costume, meet and greets with other canines and much more. There were also food trucks, music and all types of vendors for the owners to enjoy.
"We have eight adoption agencies where people can adopt a new pet. Some of the adoption agencies have run out of dogs and puppies and went to get more. We’ve always wanted to hold an event like this because we all love dogs and love people who love dogs and pets. We’re already planning for next year’s event," McAllister said.
The adoption agencies included: Doberman Underground, Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding, Ohio Greyhound Gathering & Adoption, Pawsitive Ohio, Save A Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, Second Chance for Animals, Inc., Stark County Dog Pound and the Stark County Humane Society.
One of the vendors was Iris Matos from Creating Creature Connections. She’s professionally trained to speak telepathically to animals of all kinds, those living and loved ones passed. Matos said she has talked with dogs, horses, cats, snakes, lizards and a turtle.
"While each animal does have a different personality and even a different type of voice, the sense of love is universal among all animals and reptiles," Matos said.
"I spoke with a horse one time who spoke using many bad words. They all have different accents and pitches to their voices. Some have a big vocabulary and some a limited vocabulary. I talked with a turtle and she showed me around her aquarium and told me that jumping off the rock inside the aquarium was the best thing ever," she said.
There was a long line of dogs and their owners at the Doggie Fun Zone, where a timed obstacle course was set up. The dogs loved chasing a hunk of cloth on a wire around the fun zone. People crowded around the roped off area to watch as dogs of all types and sizes took their turn. It seemed like the littlest dogs had better completion times than the bigger dogs.
There was also a pet costume contest hosted by WHBC, which a pug named Max won with his Tin Man costume. There were plenty of vendors offering free water for both canines and humans and there was a kiddie pool filled with water for those furry friends who wanted to take a quick dip.
David and Mariah Aubihl brought their two dogs, Lilly and Scrappy.
"It’s been a great event, we are all enjoying the day and the weather and watching all of the dogs," Mariah said.
Darla Trbovich had her two dogs, Riley and Flash at the event. Both the dogs were taking a rest after Riley completed the Fun Zone course in 15 seconds.
"They are loving be out here and I love being able to bring them here," Trbovich said.