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People, pets unite for Paws in the Park

By Laurie Everett leverett@mtjulietnews • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

People and their four-legged friends converged in Mt. Juliet to help raise funds for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter volunteer organization Saturday.

Despite the soaring temperatures, the first annual Paws in the Park event at Charlie Daniels Park was a rousing success, said shelter Volunteer Coordinator Taiylor Mundy.

“Overall, it went very well,” said Mundy. “It was a learning experience, and I think a lot of people had fun.”

She said the high temps shortened the stay for some people and next year they will plan the event earlier in the year.

Volunteer Chairman of the Board Will Sellers said there were 25 venders offering all things canine in the park. 

“We had all types of animal-related products,” he said. “There was even pet food and pet costumes.”

Vender Sherri Huff was responsible for offering pet costumes. Her booth was full of miniature outfits for dogs, such as tutus, sunglasses, hats and even shoes. Her Yorkshire terrier, Tessa, won third place in the pet contest. Eleven dogs were entered and captured the crowd’s attention with “biker chick,” “ballerina,” and “pencil head” costumes. Three judges narrowed the roster of contestants to three, with Foxy, Precious, and of course, Tessa the top three winners. Their owners received gift certificates to Pet Smart and the top winner’s owner got a big basket of doggie goodies. 

Refreshments and entertainment also got the event off to a good start. Mundy said they sold t-shirts and there was a silent auction.

“We want to thank all the businesses that donated for the auction,” said Sellers. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Vendors also paid $25 for space. Sellers thought they raised about a couple thousand dollars in the few hours. He said the money goes back into the non-profit organization. 

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