by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

On Saturday April 10th 2010, a crowd of more than three thousand people and hundreds of dogs converged on San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. They were all there for the annual Woofstock Celebration. Woofstock is an event put on by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), to benefit people in need of service dogs. It was a day of celebration for you and your dog, with things to buy, things to do, and things to watch.
A five mile dog walk started the event off in scenic Balboa Park. Ballistic Racers Flyball Team put on several demonstrations of Flyball and also let the public try their dogs on the course. It was a great day for all since there were over thirty vendors of dog items, people food, contests, and of course the demonstrations of Flyball, Disc Dogs, and Agility at the K-9 playground. Woofstock has become a huge dog event, and everybody looks forward to it each year. Be sure to watch for the 2011 edition of Woofstock next April!
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Groovy Event Benefits Canine Companions for Independence

Join the Ballistic Racers Flyball Team when Canine Companions for Independence hosts the sixth annual WOOFSTOCK: A Festival for Dogs & People on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. The event will be held at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in San Diego’s Balboa Park. All proceeds from WOOFSTOCK will benefit Canine Companions, which is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge. This ‘60’s themed festival is open to the public and well-behaved, leashed dogs. There is plenty of free parking. Admission is only $5 and discount coupons are being distributed to local businesses. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.
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The day will begin with the Peace, Love & Walk ‘N Roll fun dog walk at 9:00AM. Walk registration fee (($35 adult, $15 child, $60 family) includes the official WOOFSTOCK tie dye t-shirt, free Festival admission and a sWAG bag filled with great surprises! The walk is approximately 1.3 miles through beautiful Balboa Park and online registration is available at http://www.cci.org/woofstock. Walkers have the opportunity to raise funds for Canine Companions and exciting prizes will be rewarded based on the donations collected. The Top Dog Fundraiser will win a custom painting of their pooch by artist Deirdre O’Byrne!

The WOOFSTOCK Festival begins at 10:00AM. There are plenty of fun activities for the family and Fido! Enjoy demonstrations by amazing canines including assistance dogs, Disc Dogs, search and rescue dogs and our own Ballistic Racers Flyball Team. Compete in contests for Grooviest Costume, Best Trick, Longest Tail, and Biggest and Smallest Paws. Check out the games and activities at the Children’s Fun Zone. Bring your dog to the K9 Playground. Shop at the dozens of vendor booths, bid on unique items in a silent auction and enjoy delicious refreshments.

WOOFSTOCK is the premiere dog festival in San Diego County! Last year, approximately 2,000 people attended.

About WOOFSTOCK:
For more information, visit http://www.cci.org/woofstock or call (760) 901-4300. For sponsorship and vendor inquiries, contact Annie Scott at (760) 901-4306.

About Canine Companions for Independence:
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has five regional training centers across the country, including a local facility in Oceanside. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, visit http://www.cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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