Ellwood City event to raise funds for the new K-9
ELLWOOD CITY – The Dogs Days of Summer event will be a fun day out for the whole family, including the much-loved furry members.
The one-day event, created by the Reed family, will raise funds to purchase and support a K-9 dog for the Ellwood City Police Department.
Joe Reed, owner of Reed’s Services on Woodside Avenue, said when they heard the police department weren’t getting another canine agent, they took the initiative to make sure that happened.
Mayor Anthony Court said there was no money allocated for the dog in Borough Director David Allen’s budget and a dog is needed since K-9 Ranger recently retired.
What: Summer dog days
Where: Ewing Park
When: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday
Reed’s son Chad said they were happy to have the opportunity to help and hope people bring their families and support the Dog Days of Summer event.
“Our goal is to raise $ 120,000, so there will be a permanent fund to get the dog back if he is injured or ill,” said Joe Reed. “100 percent of the money raised will go to the dog.”
The event starts at 10 a.m., but if you want to walk your dog for a mile before the event, you can register with Reeds online or at their place of business.
Attractions for young people include all-day pony rides, an inflatable house, a children’s plastic train, sand painting, crafts and more.
For the family, there are craft and food vendors, including Vinny’s Pizza and Smokin ‘Dave’s BBQ; the snowman with lots of cold treats and others including DJ Diehz Entertainment who keeps the music going.
The event has corn hole and bocce tournaments. To enter tournaments or walk your dog, go to Reed’s Facebook or Company page.
For adults, a raffle of baskets and for the education and entertainment of families, there will be a special Jaws of Life demonstration by the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department and three different police departments will be performing demonstrations K-9.
For $ 2, you can purchase a bracelet to support the dog, and there will be t-shirts and mugs for sale at the event.
“People want to go out and this event is an opportunity for the whole family to have fun while supporting a great cause,” said Chad Reed.
Joe Reed said they are keenly aware of the importance of K-9 dogs as they provide free food and supplies for active K-9 dogs in Lawrence County so they know the handlers and hear the stories of their work.
Reed’s Services at 1312 Woodside Ave. sells landscaping supplies, pets, livestock, small animals, pet birds, wild birds and wildlife food and gardening and fencing supplies as well as a variety of handmade crafts. It’s a dog-friendly store, and when your dog visits, their photo is taken and it appears on a continuous feed in the store and on their Facebook page.
“The event is happening because I said to my dad, ‘let’s start something together,’” said Chad Reed.
Something has become the Dog Days of Summer and they hope it will be an annual event.
“This is just the start. We are making this an annual deal and next time we will be supporting the Ellwood City Fire Department,” Reed said.
The court said they didn’t know the exact cost because there are so many factors that determine the total expense for a K-9.
“The dogs cost $ 1,000, but the training is very expensive and it is continuous and continuous training. he said.
Former K-9 master Agent Michael McBride and Court have been chatting and planning to have another dog for over six months.
“The dog’s name will be Justice, the perfect name for our dog and Officer Richard Kruger will be the handler,” said Court.