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Canine Capers provides a ‘doggone’ good time

It's all fun for a good cause at this annual event returning to Oak Ridge on Saturday, April 30

It’s been two years, but the dogs are coming back to town! That’s right, it’s time for the eighth annual Canine Capers, a fun-filled celebration of our furry four-legged friends taking place on Saturday, April 30, starting 9 a.m. at Oak Ridge Town Park.

Canine Capers originated as a fundraiser for Oak Ridge Bark Park, located inside of the town park. With the park complete, the committee that organizes the event decided to donate event proceeds to participating dog rescues.

“Since the beginning, we’ve had numerous rescue groups that have supported the event. Many have been able to find homes for the dogs they represent,” said Terry Lannon, Oak Ridge’s director of Parks and Recreation.

“We’ve also had the North Star Bloodhounds Search and Rescue team for the past few years, and they’ve done a great job of showing people what their group does. We felt like it was a good idea to give back to these organizations that have helped make Canine Capers so successful.”

In addition to offering rescues the opportunity to showcase their pups, Canine Capers gives dog lovers a chance to show off their furry friends and just have a doggone good time. A dog show, contests, demonstrations, dog maze, dog-related vendors and delicious people food are all in the lineup for the day’s event.

Patterned after regulation conformation shows, the dog show is the centerpiece for Canine Capers, an all-breed fun match open to both purebreds and mixed breeds. The show includes a number of just-for-fun contests including “best ball retriever,” “best tail wagger,” “best costume” and more.

During the day, owners and their dogs can test for the Canine Good Citizen certification and try their luck at the Dog Daze Maze hosted by Oak Ridge Lions Club.

Bark Avenue offers attendees the opportunity to interact with event sponsors and learn about an array of services and supplies geared toward dog lovers. This is also where the rescue groups will be set up with their available pups.

As an additional fundraiser, a Canine Capers raffle will be held. A variety of prizes including a giant cooler valued at over $400 from Yukon Outfitters, a doggie goodie basket from King’s Crossing Animal Hospital in Stokesdale and a training gift certificate from Dog-Gone Fun in Kernersville are up for grabs. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available for advance purchase at Oak Ridge Town Hall, or they can be purchased at the event.

Admission to Canine Capers is free. There is a $5 registration fee per event, per dog, for show and contests.

want to go?

Canine Capers will take place Saturday, April 30, beginning 9 a.m. at Oak Ridge Town Park, 6231 Lisa Drive in Oak Ridge. Admission is free. See ad on p. 16 for more info, and visit for updates.

Canine Capers provides a 'doggone' good time

Canine Capers provides a ‘doggone’ good time

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