By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The Bell County Kennel Club and the city welcome canines and their owners to a day of games and competition at Puppypalooza today.

Puppypalooza will offer games, competitions, demonstrations, information, vendors, a pet blessing and much more for dog owners and their pets at Carl Levin Park, Parks and Recreation Recreation and Events Coordinator Nichole Broemer said. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The city wants to include all residents in some of our events, even the canine versions," Broemer said.

There will be canine demonstrations from the Harker Heights Police Department K-9, the Bell County Kennel Club and Fort Hood, Bell County Kennel Club Recording Secretary Pate Adams said.

While the demonstrations are educational, the organizations are hoping people have fun with their many competitions and attendee-participation events, Adams said.

There will be an egg-carrying race, sack races, fastest treat-eating race and an obstacle course, all run by the Kennel Club.

In the egg race, the owner will carry an egg on a spoon while walking the dog, and the sack race will be similar, Adams said. The fastest treat-eating competition will involve placing a bowl of treats in the middle of the course that the owner and the dog will run to, and the dog will have to finish the treats before they make it to the finish line.

"The more trained your dog is, the better you are going to do," she said.

The obstacle course will be similar to a agility course, but the owner also will get to run the course.

"Everything is for the owners and their dogs," Adams said. "We are modifying all of this for the untrained dogs, for pets."

The city is putting on a best dog-trick competition and a owner look-like contest. There will be awards for first, second and third place, Broemer said.

Parks and Recreation will open the Carl Levin pool so dogs can swim, she added.

The purpose of this event is for the owners and the dogs to interact in a fun environment that also shows the benefits of obedience.

"We know that training the dogs bonds the dog and the owner," Adams said. "It is a better dog, and it is a better pet."

At the event there will be food vendors selling items for those who are hungry and thirsty.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

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