Downtown Dogs

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June 6, 2015 by genelup

PRESCOTT, Arizona — The hub of this town is the iconic Yavapai County Courthouse Square with its massive green lawns, shady trees, gazebo and park benches. On any given day, visitors often sit and watch a steady parade of dogs leading their adult owners around the square.

“Prescott is a dog friendly town,” said Debra Campbell Howard, owner of TimberWoof pet store across the street from the square. Store owners on streets surrounding the square place doggy bowls of fresh water on sidewalks near their front doors. And, the Palace Saloon on notorious Whiskey Row bordering the square allows people to dine on its patio with their pet dogs at the tables.

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There are two major dog events at the courthouse square each year, said Howard. Today is Woof Down Lunch, which is a fun event for dogs and their masters featuring vendors, live music, raffles,kid activities, dog adoptions and dog obedience, agility and K9 Unit demonstrations. Contests feature dogs that have the best wiggle butt, best costume, best kisser, best ears, happiest, most interesting mix of breed and best owner look-alike. Cost is $20.

The Fourth Annual Dogtoberfest and Adopt-a-thon will be held Oct.4.The event is sponsored by The Prescott Dog Magazine (Yes, Prescott has a magazine with doggy and other pet news that comes out every other month) and the Big Dog Charitable Foundation. An ad in the magazine states: “Come out for a fun-filled day with your ‘best friend.’ Several area shelter and adoption groups in attendance. With lots of adoptable dogs from many rescue and shelter groups. Vendor booths, contests, prizes and demonstrations. Lots of food and more.”

Howard, of TimberWoof pet store, and her husband, Jim, are publishers of another doggy magazine serving the area north of Prescott including Flagstaff, Sedona and Cottonwood. Their store in the Bashford Courts Atrium cater to pet owners and feature breed-specific collectibles. You can buy a hat with a picture of your breed of dog on it, There is a magnet with: “I (love) My Yorkiepoo.” You can buy a cup that says: Obey the Chiweenie.”

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Whiskers Barkery is another store a few doors away from the courthouse square. It advertises it is “The Ultimate Toy & Treat Store for Dogs and Cats.” It also offers grooming, self-serve dog wash, a doggie daycare while dog owners shop or dine downtown, dog training classes and pet adoptions on Saturdays.

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Recently, I spent couple hours at the square watching dog owners marching their “pride-and-joys.” I especially enjoyed seeing someone walking two dogs at the same time and smiling when the dogs get tangled up in their leashes…and around their owners’ legs.

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