ASTORIA — Astoria Sunday Market’s annual Dog Day Afternoon is coming up 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. It’s time to prepare your dog for the catwalk!
This year’s dog fashion theme is the “Market & Artful Pooch,” whether it’s your dog’s best shopping outfit, shopping transportation — carriage, backpack, frontpack or four-paw drive — or best impersonation of a farmer, artist or cookie baker.
The catwalk for the dogs is the centerpiece of activities, the place where the dogs and their owners compete for “best-dressed” prizes and other silliness.
Registration is $5 per pet. Proceeds go to Clatsop Animal Assistance. The winner this year receives a framed print of “Dogdays at the Market,” a painting by Bill W. Dodge.
Dodge is back as a weekly vendor and is offering prints of his painting, “Dog Days at the Market,” for sale with 50 percent of proceeds going to Clatsop Animal Assistance.
Dog Day Afternoon events take place in the open space next to Astoria Sunday Market, just off Exchange Street near the Legion building. The Catwalk Fashion Show starts at 2 p.m. Registration is on-site starting at 10 a.m. Make checks payable to Clatsop Animal Assistance.
Market doggie rules
The Astoria Sunday Market, held at Exchange and 12th streets, is a “dog-friendly market,” Market Director Cyndi Mudge said, “and we use Dog Day Afternoon as an opportunity to educate about dog-etiquette while celebrating the diversity of dogs we see here every Sunday.”
Astoria Sunday Market cover three public streets, so banning dogs is not an option.
“Our goal is to educate dog owners to help us make the Market user-friendly for everyone,” Mudge said. “Dog Day Afternoon allows us to have a little fun while promoting good doggie and owner behavior.”
Dogs and owners are asked to follow a few simple rules:
1. Keep the owner on a short leash. The market is crowded and owners get easily distracted by all the treats.
2. Clean up after “accidents,” little and big.
3. Be courteous and aware of people’s personal space. We expect dogs and their owners to be on their best behavior.
Dog Day Afternoon activities
• 4-H Classy Canine Agility Course.
Teach your dog how to run a simple agility course in minutes. The dogs love it!
• Training Course. Basic training for dogs provided by Arnicadia Dog Training, LLC.
A dog-training obstacle course provides a great opportunity to train your dog basic commands. Great for dogs of any age. New this year is “canine good citizen testing.”
• The Catwalk Fashion Show
This is a Fashion show sponsored by The Pet Works with great prizes from Astoria Sunday Market. Prizes will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. All winners also receive $5 gift cards for shopping at Astoria Sunday Market.
The schedule is as follows:
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Dog Agility Course with 4-H Classy Canines, and the Rally Course & Canine Good Citizen Testing with Arnicadia Dog Training.
Then, at 1 p.m. is Cat Walk Fashion Show for Dogs! (Register by 12:30 p.m. at the Clatsop Animal Assistance booth.)