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Fido's Turn


dogs at Woofstock - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
  • photo by Bob Doran
  • dogs at Woofstock

Get over yourself, human! Every week you turn here to the NCJ's trusty calendar section thinking, "Which dubstup show do I want to go to this weekend?" or "There's got to be some guided Arcata Marsh walk that will serve my needs." It's always about you in these pages, isn't it?

Well, doggone it, enough! Isn't there someone fuzzy you'd be willing to sacrifice 1/52 of your yearly weekend allotment for? Look up from your paper for a sec. See "man's best friend" staring at you now with absolute love and devotion smeared across his or her adorable face? Yeah, it’s the dogs' turn. So, if you don't mind, please put your Journal on the floor in front of your canine companions while I let them in on the exciting news that, for once, this weekend is solely theirs.

Ahem …

Bark bark ruff Woofstock 2012. Ruff ruff bark Halvorsen Park. Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie ye Saturday, Aug. 11, yip 10 a.m. yap 6 p.m.

Ah! Quick! Get the paper off the floor! Your pooch had "that look" in its eyes (and you haven't read "Field Notes" yet). Anyway, your pup is stoked. So you're both going to Woofstock this weekend.

What will have tails wagging? Canines are particularly pumped up about the annual Mutt Strut dog parade at 11 a.m. where they'll get to march the streets of Old Town with hundreds of other four-legged friends and -- good news! -- butt sniffing laws are rarely enforced in this new, wild progressive era.

In addition, furry pals will enjoy dog games -- weenie bobbing, cake walk, etc. -- and are encouraged to participate in costume, trick, agility, tail wag and owner look-alike contests throughout the day. Hot dog!

But fear not, there's plenty for owners to soak in as well. In addition to many (human) food and beverage booths, each year Woofstock organizers schedule non-dog musicians to produce frequencies best enjoyed by human ears. This year is no exception as local bands Cadillac Ranch (4:30 p.m.), Kindred Spirits (2 p.m.), Vintage Rock 'n' Soul (12 p.m.), John David Young Trio (11 a.m.) and Li'l Lynne (10 a.m.) will all howl from the Woofstock stage throughout the day.

Also, humans may want to purchase a rubber ducky to race on Humboldt Bay on their behalf in the annual Quacks for KEET fundraiser which starts at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for Woofstock are $12 per two-legged entrant -- all proceeds benefit the Sequoia Humane Society. For more info, scamper over to


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