Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dianne Garrett: Calling All Pugs. May 23 "Pugnic"

Prancer and Prunie Garrett

They are short, pudgy, cute, full of personality and love, and snort more than they bark. If you love the Pug breed, you can get your Pug fix on May 23 at Whitehall Community Park during the eleventh annual Ohio Pug Rescue Reunion and Fundraiser, also known at "Pugnic".

The two cute little guys in the photo are my "grand pugs", Prancer and Prunie, who were adopted from OPR by my son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Sabrina Garrett, of Grove City. Prancer, the male, is a little live wire maniac full of energy and bounce. Prunie is female, and loves to do a happy dance with me whenever we see each other. She loves to snuggle.

OPR is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, and 100 percent of all proceeds of the event will benefit OPR. The group offers surrender, foster care and adoption services to all homeless pugs in Ohio, regardless of age, health or condition. Prior to adoption, all animals are spayed/neutered, updated on vaccinations, microchipped for identification, and any health issues are addressed.

Everyone is welcome, and you don't have to have a pug to enjoy the fun. The reunion brings an average of 200-300 pugs in attendance each year. The event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It is free to OPR members and a $5 donation for non-members. Prizes will be awarded in the Pug contests, which include best costume, best trick, longest tongue, most wrinkles, curliest tail, buggiest eyes and more. There will be over 100 items featured to bid on in the silent auction, as well as a 50/50 raffle, Pennies for Pugs contest, concession stand and bake sale.

Participants can pre-register by logging on to You will be guaranteed a good time. The park is located at 402 N. Hamilton Road. Prancer, Prunie and I, along with all of their pug friends invite you to the Pugnic. Hope to see you there!


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