Dog Days of Summer

By Amanda McVay, Varner-Hogg Plantation Educator

Attendees stand with their dogsPets and people came out to Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site in August to make the most of the last days of summer during the site’s Dog Days of Summer event. Named for the days that Sirius, the Dog Star, was believed to be responsible for the hot summer weather, pets and owners alike came to have a doggone good time!

Dogs try out the agility courseThe event began with a wag-and-greet and a trip to our bark park, which included toys, watering stations, and plenty of running space for rambunctious pooches and their owners. Families then took part in the costume contest where dogs modeled their canine couture before a panel of judges. The highlight of the event was the much-anticipated agility competition, where the crowd cheered on the dogs as they attempted the teeter-totter, weave poles, and high jump.

Dogs dressed in costumeAfter enjoying a refreshing water and snack break, animals and owners alike wrapped up the day’s events by strolling through the historic site, relaxing on the porch of Miss Ima’s cottage, and viewing an exhibit about the many pets that have called the plantation home over the years, including Miss Ima’s dog Buttons, Napoleon the horse, and Governor Hogg’s goose Polly.

Doggie bag treatsNew friends were made and everyone went home with prizes, a doggy bag of treats, and this year’s signature bandana. Special thanks to PetSmart, Kroger, and The Country Store for donating the great prizes for our dress-up and agility contests.

Varner-Hogg Plantation is located approximately 60 miles south of Houston and is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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