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Tails are already wagging as Bridgeland embarks on a Fido favorite event: Howl-O-Ween Fest, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park.
The annual pup party, which drew more than 3,000 dog lovers last year, offers plenty of fun for two- and four-legged family members. Top dog on this year’s stage schedule is Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, which performs at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. With appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Primetime Live” and for the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, the comedy act stars mostly rescue dogs. Returning this year after successful shows in 2010 are Guennadi and his world-famous dog act, performing at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the gravity-defying canine antics of the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club, performing at noon. And especially for young audiences is a magic show by Houston’s Lanny Kibbey, performing at 2 p.m.

Also slated to appear is Dog Gone Fun Agility, which features skilled pooches bobbing and weaving through a canine-friendly obstacle course.

As in previous years, Howl-O-Ween Fest is a “pet stop” for the “Splash Dogs” dock-diving competition, which takes place both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30. High-ranking dogs for 2011 have leapt more than 25 feet into the water. Learn more and register at www.splashdogs.com or at the event. There will be a registration fee, with a portion going toward Howl-O-Ween Fest fundraising efforts.

Other Howl-O-Ween Fest treats include a 1 p.m. pooch fashion show and costume contest, with prizes for the top three winners, a farmers’ market with a pumpkin patch, several rounds of bingo (with prizes), street performers, trick-or-treating for kids and dogs, and more than 30 pet vendors.
Click here to register online for the doggie fashion show.

As in years past, Foundry Church will hold its annual fall event during Howl-O-Ween Fest, with bounce houses, a miniature train, a kid-size mechanical bull and more.

Most activities will be free; however a few will fetch a small donation, which will benefit participating animal rescue groups, including Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas-Houston, Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue, Great Dane Rescue of Southeast Texas, Husky Haven, Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston, Weimaraner Rescue of Texas, Texas Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, Pup Squad Animal Rescue and New Best Friend.

Quieting hunger growls will be a caravan of food trucks trekking to Bridgeland for the day. Already on tap for the event are Fusion Taco, The Berry Boys, Papa John’s Pizza, Grill ‘em Girls, Texas Best Snoballs, Frosted Betty and Smoke Gourmet Meats.

And while fun will be unleashed throughout the day, dogs will have to remain on their leashes at all times. Plus, pets must be current on all vaccinations, wear a current rabies tag and be on their best behavior — any aggressive pooches will be asked to leave to keep the event enjoyable for everyone.

For more information, visit bridgeland.com/howl-o-ween-fest.

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