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Fido Fest was doggy paradise

What words can I use to describe Fido's Fall Fun Fest? Fabulous family fun? Fantastic? Flea-free? Furry?

Held at both the Waxhaw Animal Hospital and pet boutique Reigning Cats and Dogs last weekend, the event was all those things and more.

The Sept. 20 gathering was designed to accomplish many things, including promotion of responsible pet ownership, increased awareness of both facilities as well as raising funds for S.A.F.E. Animal Haven.

The format itself was fun. Jesilyn Strawn of the animal hospital gave me a flier when I arrived, explaining I should visit every exhibit, get a sticker from each and then return for a prize.

There was a lot to see. Reigning Cats and Dogs had a pet boutique and grooming demonstration. Across the street, Larry Schlagowsky of K-9z To 5 dog training and his German shepherd, Schindler, supplied information on dog training and puppy classes.

Matthews-based S.A.F.E Animal Haven had animals for adoption. Sisters Lauren and Ally Kovel introduced me to Changa and Apollo, who need a home.

While I was there, I learned that S.A.F.E. (Spay/Neuter, Adoption, Foster and Education) Animal Haven is a non-profit that cares deeply about animals and our community. It provides animal rescue and rehabilitation as well. You can learn more by going to, or writing S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, P.O. Box 3206, Matthews, NC 28106.

Wellness Pet Food had an exhibit, as did Invisible Fence of the Carolinas.

Bayer Health Care provided a giant inflated mosquito, along with information on K-9 Advantix.

The Waxhaw Animal Hospital provided tours of its well-equipped facility, which included ultrasound demonstrations, a microchip clinic and displays on X-ray, laser surgery and arthritis.

Sarah Medlin and Allison Keller were in the lobby to direct visitors and replenish large trays of delicious cookies and electric-blue punch. I've joked that I personally funded a wing of the animal hospital through four dogs and three cats that have been treated there.

I came away impressed with all that's available in the Waxhaw area for pets and their owners. Southwest Union County is a great place to be a dog.

October preview

I find it hard to believe that October starts next week. There is a lot going on in and around Waxhaw that deserves special mention. Refill that coffee cup, get your calendar, and let's take a look at the month to come.

The weekend of Oct. 11 is full of things to do. You'll want to plan carefully to get everything in.

Waxhaw's fall festival, Autumn Treasures. Kathy Murphy, Waxhaw's new event planner, has worked hard on this, and tells me that there will be more emphasis on fine arts and artists.

I'll have more information on the Oct. 11-12 festival in next week's column.

Civil War Infantry Weekend at the Museum of the Waxhaws, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12.

The staff of the museum presents Civil War soldiers and civilians from the 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, Company F.

The original Company F was drawn primarily from residents of Union County. Members of this reactivated unit will provide demonstrations and answer questions. Soldiers and civilians will display typical camp life and military drills during the Civil War.

Barnful of Quilts Quilt and Fiber Arts show, south of town on Sims Road at Fox Family Farm. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11, original art, fabric, yarn and baked goods will be available. Information:

October wraps up with the 39th annual Waxhaw Scottish Games at Cane Creek Park, beginning 10 a.m. Oct. 25. This event is a personal favorite. More later.