SALADO — Pups take to the park again Saturday in the second annual Dog Daze of June along Salado Creek in Salado.

Hosted by the Salado Chamber of Commerce, Dog Daze will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Pace Park as an opportunity to socialize and connect with other dog owners in the area, Chamber President Nicole Stairs said.

One of the popular attractions last year was a demonstration by Fort Hood’s military dog unit, which displayed the maneuverings of highly trained canines, Stairs said.

“They kept the entire audience quiet. I’ve never seen so many children be so quiet.”

During the demonstration, soldiers discuss the training and breeds of the dogs, and illustrate some of the commands, highlighted with the “take-down” technique that includes “one very brave solider who puts on a suit and who takes off running,” Stairs said.

The dogs pursue, and on command, pounce to the awe of spectators, she said.

Pooch parade

The culmination of the event is the Pace Park Pooch Parade, which includes a showcase competition for smallest, biggest and best-dressed pups. Last year, “Molly,” dressed in a poodle skirt, won best dressed, earning the honor of grand marshal on Saturday, Stairs said.

Dog Daze also will host an array of animal-themed vendors, as well as other treats for the pups and humans. A portion of the Dog Daze of June proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to help recovering veterans match up with trained service dogs to help them with their daily activities.

Admission is $1 per person and $5 to register a pet in the pup parade, which includes entry into the showcase competition to crown a new grand marshal. Admission to the event is free for animals.

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