New location for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s 2012 K-9 Karnival

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 10 am – 3 pm | Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, VA

Friday, March 23, 2012

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites canine lovers and their furry friends to Mount Trashmore Park for a day dedicated solely to dogs. K-9 Karnival is an opportunity for dogs ranging from pound puppies to the purebred to come paw-to-paw with numerous canine demonstrations, competitions, displays and more!  Free and open to the public, the event will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 beginning at 10 am at a new event location, Mount Trashmore Park, 300 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. All dogs (with up-to-date inoculations) are encouraged to attend and bring their owners on leashes! Giveaways and prizes will be distributed.

Activities taking place at the K-9 Karnival include:

2012 Hyperflite® Skyhoundz® Local Championships
Registration begins at 10 am, Canine disc competition: 1 – 3 pm
Unleash the champion in your dog during this ever-entertaining contest with amazing displays of canine grace, athleticism and agility. This disc-catching event is open to all owners and dogs, regardless of breed, size or experience, as pound puppies can compete paw-to-paw with purebred canines. (In fact, a number of shelter adoptees have gone on to win it all. Who knows – you may have a future champion on your hands!)  Register your dog to participate and receive a free competition disc to take home.

Canine Rescue Organizations
Over 15 canine rescue organizations will have educational displays and canine activities. If you are interested, many will have dogs on site for adoption.

There will be over 15 commercial exhibitors showcasing a wide range of pet-related products and services. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

New in 2012: The Hairier Jump Jets Flyball Team
Watch the fur fly as the Hairier Jump Jets Flyball Team holds demonstrations throughout the day! Flyball is a fast moving team sport for dogs, involving a racing course with hurdles, a spring loaded plate, and flying tennis balls. There may be time for your dog to try the course.

Canine Demonstrations
The Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (GARD) will give a demonstration of search and rescue techniques at 11 am on the main field.

Agility Course Competition
Registration from 10 – 11 am, Competition: 11:30 am 
With jumps, hoops, tunnels and more, kids age 5-12 can compete with their pups. All dogs must be on a leash and retractable leashes are not permitted. Presented in partnership with Family Dog Club, Inc. After the competition, for a minimal fee your dog can try out the course.

21st Annual Dog-Gonest Dog Show 
Registration begins at 10 am, Contests: 10:30 am – 12 noon
This is 15 seconds of fame for you and your favorite mutt! Does your dog love peanut butter? Have him or her compete in the new contest for 2012: the “GREAT Peanut Butter Lick-Off.”  Additional contests include Tail Wagging, Barking, and “Stupid Pet Tricks.” Register at the show arena on the day of the event. Participation is free and prizes will be awarded!


Rabies Shot Clinic by VBSPCA 10 am – 2 pm
A must for every dog! Offered onsite at the “Neuter Scooter” by the Virginia Beach SPCA, VBSPCA veterinarians will provide rabies shots at a reduced rate of $10.


This event is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. For more information about the K-9 Karnival, please call the Virginia Beach Special Events Office at 757-385-2990 (TTY: dial 711), e-mail or visit


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