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Hundreds of stout, snorty and curly-tailed pugs will gather at Saturday's Puggerfest fundraiser

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Puggerfest
Stars and Stripes Park
7398 N. Portland
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday
$5, Kids under 12 $2, pugs admitted free
706-1492, www.homewardboundpugs.com

Wagging tails, stout midsections and large, expressive eyes are the trademarks of pugs.

About 400 of these amicable canines will strut these and all of their other features at Puggerfest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stars and Stripes Park, 7398 N. Portland. Themed a "Royal Affair," the event includes sights, sounds and pug-related fun for the whole family.

Gail Tucker, director of Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma, saw a need for action in saving pugs from puppy mills, abusive owners and abandonment. As a result, she and friend Joy Beaver created the center in 2003. The numbers increased from 30 pugs sheltered annually, to more than 300, Tucker said.

Many of the dogs come to the shelter with various health complications that require expensive veterinary care. Puggerfest began as a brainchild of similar festivals around the region and the specific needs of the shelter, and was organized as an annual fundraiser to offset these costs.

Attending pugs and their owners can participate in a number of activities, including costume contests, a photo booth and competitions for best kisser and curliest tail. Owners can also enter their pug into a drawing to be crowned King or Queen of Puggerfest.

Although Saturday is decidedly a dog day, other activities include face-painting, featured dog communicator Pam Case, a silent auction and a raffle for a 50-inch flat-screen television.

"This event is definitely a family affair," she said.
 
Admission is $5. Kids under 12 are $2, and pugs are admitted free. For more information, call 706-1492 or visit www.homewardboundpugs.com. "Ta'Chelle Jones

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