A new family (and furry) friendly event kicked off last weekend with the Canine Carnival held at Dr. Hal Ott’s Off-Leash Dog Sanctuary in Ruskin.
The event included at least a dozen vendors, for canines and humans alike, along with a dog fashion show, silly pet tricks and a dog-owner look-alike contest.
But mostly, it was just a fun day for the dozens of dogs that turned out for the event. Dr. Ott opened the off-leash park in 2004 and has since expanded it to nearly six acres.
Although the park is open to the public at no charge, it receives no government financial support, and donations are welcome. All of the proceeds from the Canine Carnival went to benefit the popular park.
The opening ceremonies included a color guard by the Ruskin VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The park is located near the intersection of College Avenue and 21st Street. It is managed by the Ruskin Animal Hospital. For more information, visit ottsoffleashdogsanctuary.com.