Tonawanda News — As it begins its third incarnation, Dog Days of Kenmore will welcome many vendors, additional rescue groups, new events — and a certain four-footed Western New York celebrity.
When the new dog parade at the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday, it will be led by Phoenix, the burned Jack Russell pup whose story touched people through the area and the world, said Jennifer Berryman, Dog Days coordinator. Phoenix will also greet well-wishers for part of the afternoon at the Kenmore Village Improvement Society’s tent at the event.
“It’s just an overwhelming response from the community,” Berryman said. “Everyone’s just so happy for this little guy. He’s an ambassador and he’s like a local celebrity.”
Phoenix’s visit is just one more new angle to the third annual Dog Days, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mang Park in Kenmore. For the first time, the event also has a naming sponsor — Northtown Subaru — and will add about 15 to 20 new vendors and rescue groups.
Berryman said she reached out to groups from throughout the area and into Rochester and Canada for the event.
“I think our reputation has really gotten out there, which is good,” she said, adding that the event’s Facebook page now has more than 600 “likes” gained since last year. “It’s the biggest area event in summer ... that’s dog-related.
“All in all it’s been overwhelming and just terrific. It’s a nice way to learn about different groups and spoil your four-footed friend in the process.”
Vendors range from those selling an array of gourmet goodies for canines to pet photography, pet activities, Bark and Ride Pet Taxi and even Pet Heaven Funeral Home. There will be a microchip and nail clip clinic, a doctor Q&A and behavior consultant by Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic, demonstrations of dog life-saving equipment by the Kenmore Fire Department and a K-9 dog demonstration by the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Dog blessings will be provided throughout the day by the Rev. Ben Eder and the Rev. Peter LeValley. Live music will be provided by Creek Bend Bluegrass Band and food vendors will include Lloyd Taco Truck and the Amy’s Place food truck.