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Pups Take the Streets This Weekend

Posted by Adam Schwabe / June 6, 2008

Woofstock 2008
This weekend is the one your favourite furry friend has been waiting for. This year's Woofstock kicks off again tomorrow and will see Front St. closed off from Jarvis to Yonge as hundreds of drooling, hyperactive dogs take to the streets, with owners in tow for North America's largest outdoor dog festival.

I stumbled across last year's festival merely by accident and it was a lot of fun seeing dogs just totally losing it, not knowing what to do with themselves they were so excited. Whether it was officially sanctioned or not, the fountain just west of the Flatiron building ended up getting a good dose of soap, and was full of dogs covered in suds.

This year's festival runs all-day this Saturday and Sunday in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and will play host to events like the Stupid Dock Tricks Contest, Extreme Doggie Makeovers, a fashion show and costume contest and plenty of vendors selling trendy dog clothes that Fido will surely never forgive you for.

They'll also be running a new event this year, the Ontario Dock Dogs on Market Street contest which really boils down to a long jump for dogs in an inflatable pool. For more information, check out the Woofstock site and be sure to stoop and scoop!

Photo by blogTO Flickr Pool contributor, Taylor Zhou



jack / June 6, 2008 at 11:38 pm
how do they expect people remember the event when they keep changing the location and date every year!
Jim / June 7, 2008 at 10:20 am
It's always been the first weekend in June as far as I can remember. It was at the Distillery the first couple of years before it got too big for the venue, and I believe this is its third straight year on Front Street.
sd / June 9, 2008 at 10:03 am
Woofstock was at the same location last year, and the year before.It seems like it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Saturday was wild, lots of fun.
hungrybum / June 9, 2008 at 02:43 pm
I saw a lot of dogs dressed up in stupid t-shirts and other "clothing". In this heat, I can't believe the dogs were comfortable. Why do people treat their pets like dolls?
Dan Wolfgang / June 10, 2008 at 06:13 pm
Notification test.
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