These are the dog days of summer, literally. On Saturday, Pinecrest—Cleveland’s newest mixed-use district in Orange Village—hosted a canine carnival, highlighted by an attempt to break the Guinness Word Record for largest dog photo shoot. My mom and I took Biscuit, my rescue dog, to the festival. The event’s organizers—Social Paws—deserve a lot of credit. PAWsitively Pinecrest was organized, well executed and an outstanding experience.
The event ran from 12 – 5 p.m. and had wonderful features, including onsite dog adoptions with The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs and Oshie’s Tail Wagon Rescue & Transport; a doggie playground; pet caricatures; doggie desert stations (lots of flavored treats); pet cooling stations with fans and water; and a vendor village with merchandise, services and free giveaways that included toys, treats and sample packs of dry dog food. Vendors included PetPeople, The Dogs Bag, Graeter’s Ice Cream and The Dog Stop Plus.
As for the world record … mission accomplished! Over 300 dogs filled Pinecrest’s Central Park for a group photo that won a Guinness World Record for biggest dog photo shoot. The previous record was 123 dogs.
Kudos to Pinecrest for being a dog-friendly district. Many of its restaurants and stores allow dogs, including Pinstripes, Condado, 3 Palms, Shake Shack, Vineyard Vines, Homage and Pottery Barn. Who doesn’t love a good yappy hour?
The inaugural PAWsitively Paws canine carnival was a blast. Owners and dogs—from what I observed—had a wonderful time. Best of all is that funds (and awareness) were raised for local animal rescues. Here’s hoping for more events like this one.