Weatherford Living

Dogtoberfest was Pawsome

A new month has been added to the calendar, the month of “Dogtober.”

That may be a little far-“fetched,” but to the supporters of Parker Paws, it’s an important month as evidenced in the turnout the group had at its third annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday.

The event has grown in popularity over the years but add a sunny day in the mid-70’s and it was a recipe for sure success.

“Many come to this event because they can bring their dogs, show them off in contests, and just have fun,” said Christine Birkbeck, event coordinator and volunteer at Parker Paws. “People appreciate the opportunity to go somewhere their dog is welcome.”

Planned activities included vendors, food, dog adoptions, doggie costume contest, face painting, the Parker County Cruisers and the ever-popular wiener dog races.

But, more importantly, the event is the chief fundraising effort for the year.

“We owed it to the participating vendors, sponsors and our many supporters and members of the community that came out in spite of the weather the two previous years,” Birkbeck added. “This year the weather was beautiful.”

Nadeen Murphree with Tinkerbell, dressed up as Cinderella in her pumpkin was the winner of costume contest, while Sharon Pate with her dog, Yatta, was the winner of the dachshund races.

Birkbeck said that so far this year, Parker Paws has rescued more than 400 pets and adopted more than 300 and that proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Parker Paws foster program. On the day of the event, four dogs were adopted: Emerson, Oliver, Buster and Gunner.

Visit Parker Paws adoptable dogs at the Weatherford PetSmart on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their adoptable dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and on monthly flea prevention and heartworm prevention.

Parker Paws’ group of volunteers are dedicated to helping dogs and cats in need, primarily those rescued from the animal shelter or stray pets in need of immediate help. They receive no taxpayer funds and rely completely on donations. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.

View their adoptable pets online via the website: