It was more fun than a basket full of puppies, and just as lively. The "Stand Up for the Pups" event in Sackets Harbor Saturday was a huge success, featuring sun-worshipers, water sports enthusiasts, animal advocates, pet vendors and of course, dogs. Lots of them.
Admission was a $15 donation to the SPCA of Jefferson County. Cuse Pit Crew, a Pit Bull awareness group from Syracuse joined in the festivities with presentations about the advocacy work they do. Education is a key component of their mission, which is to raise awareness about the breed.
Harbor Paws Pet Grooming and Boutique provided puppy pedicures for a $5 donation for the SPCA and held raffles for all kinds of pet-related goodies. There was also live music and plenty of opportunities to watch daring participants try paddle boarding for the first time, as well as veterans of the sport who seemed to take it all in stride. There were even mini-yoga sessions held on the paddle boards.
The day also included a visit from Cody Horbacz, a dog owner and candidate for the Watertown City Council. Mr. Horbacz spoke about key points in his campaign platform which includes his hopes for a community that is more pet-friendly.
"Stand Up for the Pups" was featured earlier in the week on WWNY 7News. Justin McGiver joined Doug Marlow, Executive Director of the Jefferson County SPCA, to talk about the art of paddle boarding, and brought along a special guest. Blu is a Pit Bull rescue from the West Coast and a star of the paddle board scene in Sackets Harbor. The group SUP is completing its first year in Sackets and hopes for bigger and better things when next summer rolls around. Be sure to check out what they have to offer.
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