By Danielle Church

Harker Heights Herald

It's Puppypalooza time.

The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation and Police departments, along with the Bell County Kennel Club, will host the city's second annual puppy fest Saturday at Carl Levin Park.

"I got the idea last year, and one of the big draws of our event is that the dogs get to swim in the public pool (because it has closed down for the summer)," said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator.

Broemer said food vendors and dog trainers will attend the free event. She urged all dog owners to keep their furry friends on a leash at the event.

A dog and owner look-a-like contest and a best trick competition are planned. Water will be available for the dogs.

Jennifer Mills, assistant manager of Barking Oaks Pet Resort in Temple, said representatives at the event will provide information about her business, as well as tips about dog handling and safety.

"We will be offering promotions such as dog park passes, free trims and an auction prize (giveaway)," she said.

"I think it'll be fun; we usually get good responses at any public event that we go to. It's a great networking tool, and it's also very informative."

Broemer said Saturday's event begins with a blessing of the pets by a local pastor, followed by a dog-friendly fashion show.

Animals from the Harker Heights Pet Adoption Center will be available for adoption.

Military working dogs and a HHPD K-9 unit will give a meet-and-greet demonstration.

Those wishing to compete in any of the events can register the day of the fest at the information tent.

Contact Danielle Church at or (254) 501-7567.

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