Must love dogs
There was as much love in the air as there was at Woodstock but WoofStock brought out a different breed.
Sunday afternoon in Durham’s Central Park was marked by barks of various pitches, doggie treats, wagging tails and smiles, both human and canine, at the 10th Annual WookStock.
From homemade treats to caricature drawings of your pet, WoofStock was a dog and dog lovers’ paradise.
Maureen Scher and her 2-and-a-half-year-old son Matthew were spending some quality time with Izzie, a golden retriever. With Matthew on one leg and Izzie on the other, Scher said that she has always loved dogs.
“We had to get our feel of puppies and make some donations,” Scher said.
Scher said that she recently had to euthanize her 17-year-old terrier mix. Still heartbroken over the loss, she did get some solace from Izzie, a therapy dog.
“It’s therapy for us as much as for them,” she said.
Izzie was not alone. A few inches away was her bother Aspen. Both owned by Lisa Wells, co-owner of Paws at the Corner and longtime dog enthusiast.
Wells said that she’s had Izzie and Aspen since they were 8 weeks old and not long after began their training as therapy dogs. The duo has spent five years helping others.
“It’s the unconditional love and they’re just fun,” Wells said of her canine babies. “I take them everywhere I go. When I go to restaurants, I go to the ones with outdoor seating so they can come along. I’m pretty much with them 24 hours a day.
Wells said that Aspen and Izzie work at Duke University Hospital helping patients and are part of a reading program in Hillsborough.
Cindy Clark walked through the crowd with Magnum, the great Pyrenees, on a short leash. Standing about 4 feet tall, Magnum wowed those passing by with his gentle demeanor.
“He was a runaway. He and his sister were running through the streets and he was scheduled to be euthanized,” Clark said. “I foster great Pyrenees so he stays with me in Raleigh.”
Clark said that Magnum, and his sister Champagne, were rescued by Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue.
Smiling from the inside of his stroller was Quazimodo, a 7-year-old French bulldog. His owner Arty Eachus said that Quazi, also known as Q-Daddy, was born with a spinal defect that makes it hard for him to walk. So much so that he drags the back half of his body.
“I’ve always liked dogs,” Eachus said. “We have a lot of special needs pets. My wife (Jennifer Eachus) is a veterinarian. We just love special needs animals. It’s really rewarding.”
The two currently have a house full of cats and dogs, seven dogs and 11 cats to be exact.
Team Scott, consisting of the husband and wife pair of Sherri and Scott, brought out their 1-and-a-half-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi, Ed.
Sherri said that what began as a meeting to be introduced to the breed turned into love at first sight.
“We rescued him from a pet store,” she said. “Ed’s a great companion, he brought us out here today to meet all of these wonderful people. We have cats at home too but Ed is a clown. He’s smart and he’s a good dog.
“We’re just thrilled that he’s a good dog,” Sherri continued. “They said that there is no such thing as a bad dog just bad owners so we’re just thrilled that he’s a good dog. It means that we’re good owners.”