Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Roxie, a therapy dog, was the the Pooch-a-Palooza program on July 19 at the Austintown library for children to meet and pet.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Puppies at the Pooch-a-Palooza on July 19 at the Austintown library played with the children on the floor who came to visit.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children had the opportunity to roll on the floor with two puppies from Pawz 2 Adopt at the Austintown library.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children played a dog-themed game during the Pooch-a-Palooza program on July 19 at the Austintown Library.
By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
Austintown library hosted a Pooch-a-Palooza event on July 19 for the entire family to play with some dogs.
Two puppies, Olivia and Willow, from All About the Pawz and Roxie, a therapy dog, came to the library to spend time with the guests. One room had the puppies along with a couple toys and a kissing booth for the guests to use to play with the puppies.
Roxie stayed in the other room and had a meet and greet with those who attended. There were plenty of crafts and snacks for the guests to have while they attended. There was a “mud bath,” which was a chocolate fountain with plenty of items to dip in it. There were items for guests to make snacks for their own dogs and for dogs at the shelter.
People were encouraged to bring in pictures of their own dogs and fill out a paper about them to put on display at the program. There was a game to match the names of famous dogs to their pictures and a bean bag toss with cardboard cut-outs of dogs.
The dogs who visited the program were sent home with an “Official ‘Good Dog’ Certificate” that was given to them by the Austintown library and signed by librarian Lindsay Platt.
The guests who attended the program had the opportunity to learn about Roxie and therapy dogs as well as about the All About the Pawz dog shelter. Every month Roxie visits the Poland library and relaxes while children read stories to her.
Pooch-a-Palooza was a way for children and the dogs to release some energy while having fun and helping out.