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Pets get a dog's day out at the senior center

SNOHOMISH — Retrievers, terriers, schnauzers, a gentle giant Great Dane and one black cat converged for Pet Day at the Snohomish Senior Center on Friday to be shown off by their proud owners and given treats and seminars.
It was a delightful time for the senior center members, according to executive director Sharon Burlison, who also brought along her 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and her toddler-aged granddaughter.
“Pets and little kids, they really bring a lot of joy to our members and when we put this Pet Day together, members have been coming up to me and saying ‘this is so good for us,’ and it really is,” Burlison said. “It’s good for the community and we want to try and put on
more community events like this for our members.”
The dogs got to do a “mutt strut” walk on a small stage set up in the main foyer and the vendors set up outside. Dogs from ARF of Everett, a nonprofit that supports the veterinary care for animals at the Everett Animal Shelter, were also brought along for potential adoption.
Special treats and food gift bags were donated by Wet Noses Dog Treats Monroe and Bridges pet store.
Got Sit owner and trainer Marvin Versteeg gave a seminar to senior center members about dog behavior and how to give your dog cues.
Versteeg gave some tips on how to properly walk your dog and how to remain the dominant figure since dogs are pack animals.

Joey Schauf, 2, pets a dog that is up for adoption by the Everett Animal Shelter.


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