Paws at the Pawpaw Bios

Tina Romine of TreesLLC will be giving a canine acupressure and massage demonstration on Vito owned by Hanna Harper.  Tina is certified in massage, acupressure and aromatherapy. Tina developed and taught the Equine Health Care and Complimentary Therapies Program at Hocking College and after 26 years recently retired. Tina has a booth here and will massage your dog for ten minutes for a ten dollar donation. All proceeds go to Friends of the Shelter.

JoAnna Sidote, an animal behaviorist, of Connecting Spirits and her dog Echo will be demonstrating clicker training and agility.  JoAnna has been using clicker training and competing in agility for over 15 years.  Echo is her fourth agility dog and they are currently competing at the masters level.  JoAnna also uses clicker training to help dogs with aggression and fear.  She is based out of Milliron Vet Clinic where she has regular classes. 

Beth Murray, veterinarian at Abfall Vet Service spends most of her free time with her dogs doing dog agility with Coda and Cal, her two rescue dogs.  “Agility is soooo fun!!! When all your training, skills, timing, and communication culminate in a clean, fast run, it's quite an adrenaline high. When they don't, you smile at your dog, realize the effort, and try again next time. Check it out!”

Athens County Sheriff Canine Unit:

  • Ryder is a 2.5 year old Belgian Malinois. He was imported from France. He's certified in Narcotics, Handler Protection, Subject Apprehension, Area and Building Searches and Tracking. He's been working the county since August 15th, 2013. Ryder and I (Deputy John Kulcher)train at Storm Dog Training Center. He also trains along with OSU, Westerville, Hilliard, Madison and Champagne County.
  • Dolly is a 2 year old German Shepard. She is certified in Narcotics, Tracking, handler protection, and criminal apprehension. Deputy May and Dolly train in Pine Ridge Kennels in Meigs. 

2013 Paws at the Pawpaw

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 13, 14 & 15, 2013
Friday, 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
(rain or shine)

Admission:  $ 5.00 per dog
$10.00 Weekend Pass
Please note:  These fees are for the dog park admission only. Visitors will still need to pay the full admission to the festival.  Dogs are welcome in the dog park area only (service dogs excepted).

Dog ParkPaws at the Pawpaw is fun not just for your 4-legged family, but for all! This year, our 2nd, will be bigger and better, running for 3 days in conjunction with the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. We hope the entire family comes out to enjoy the activities and demonstrations and support local businesses and Friends of the Shelter Dogs and other local rescue groups.

We have local businesses with pet related wares and services, pet massage, pet and family portraits,and pet sitting while you enjoy the entire Pawpaw Festival (dogs are not permitted in the festival area). Saturday and Sunday we have incredible demonstrations in our Doggie Demo Ring.  Sunday we’ll host an adoption event for local rescues and shelters.  And we have some surprises for the kids this year too…..a petting zoo and more.

And of course there will be fun for Fido too!  Our Best Friend Parade of Paws where everyone wins, Pawcasso where your pet becomes an artist and Stupid Pet Tricks to name a few.

Enjoy some relaxation time while you kick back with your dog in our Paws Music Tent and listen to the bands on the main Pawpaw stage.  Or get up and dance with your furry friend.

Don’t miss the range of events in our Doggie Demo Ring and meet the talented exhibitors.  Find out what fun activities you can do with your dog and where to learn …. Agility, Herding, Disc Dogs, and Training.  See our incredible Police Dogs in action. The Doggie Demo Ring was a crowd favorite last year.

Dog sitting services are available for a nominal donation, by the hour or the entire weekend.  Volunteers walk and entertain your dog while you stroll the Pawpaw Festival.

Polite, leashed dogs welcome. (No retractable leashes)
Dogs must be current on all necessary vaccinations. No dogs in heat


Saturday, September 14

Time Demonstration
10 a.m. Brittany Pangburn - Rally demonstration   (ring)
10:30 a.m. Ohio Air Dogs - Dock diving   (dock)
11 a.m. JoAnna Sidote - Agility  (ring)
12 p.m. Tina Romine - Massage  (stage)  
1 p.m.

John Kulchar and Ryder + Deputy May and Molly - Sheriff Canine Unit  (ring and outside ring)

1:45 p.m.

Holly’s Parade of Paws  (stage)

2 p.m.

Otto’s Stupid Pet Tricks  (stage)

2:30 p.m. Wayne Boyd – Herding  (ring) 
3:30 p.m.

Ohio Air Dogs - Dock diving   (dock)

4 p.m.

Mary Jean Lanning - Canine Good Citizenship Test  (ring & out)

5 p.m.

JoAnna Sidote - Agility  (ring)

6 p.m. Rachel Boyd - Grooming  (stage)
6:30 p.m.

Wayne Boyd - Herding  (ring)

Saturday, September 14

Time Demonstration
10 a.m. Tina Romine – Massage   (stage)
10:30 a.m.

Ohio Air Dogs - Dock Diving  (dock)

11 a.m. Wayne Boyd – Herding   (ring)
12 p.m.

Dave Sagan - Raptors   (stage)

12:45 p.m.

Holly’s Parade of Paws   (stage)

1 p.m.

Otto’s Stupid Pet Tricks   (stage)

1:30 p.m.

Ohio Air Dogs - Dock diving  (dock)

2 p.m. Beth Murray – Agility   (ring)
3 p.m.

Wayne Boyd – Herding   (ring)


JoAnna Sidote, Connecting Spirits, LLC
Beth Murray, DVM

Herding Dogs
Wayne Boyd, Sheep Valley Farms

Canine Acupressure and Massage
Tina Romine, T.R.E.E.S.

D.A.R.T. (Disaster Animal Relief Team)
Carol Osborne, DVM

Athens County Sheriff’s Canines
Deputy Kulchar and _____

Dock Dogs
Paul Filipski, Ohio Air Dogs
Try it with your dog ($5.00 donation)

Dave Sagan, Hocking College

Canine Good Citizenship Testing
Mary Jean Lanning, AKC 
Test your dog ($5.00 donation)

Grooming Tips
Rachel Boyd, Sheep Valley Farms

Games & Activities

Otto’s Parade of the Paws
Enter and win, categories galore (best and worst, most/big/least/small, long/tall/short, cute/pretty/ugly, and many more)

Holly’s Stupid Dog Tricks
Show our panel of judges your dogs’ stupidest trick.

Barks & Crafts
Make a bandana or memento for your pet with paint, stamps, and more. ($2.00 donation)

Bring out the budding artist in your dog, who will paint a masterpiece with paws and tail to put on your refrigerator with other family art.  ($2.00 donation)

Petting Zoo
Fun for the kids with bunnies, sheep, a pony, chickens, ducks and goats and more.

Sunday Adoption Event

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Local Rescues will be present with their adoptable dogs for adoption.  Find your newest family member.

Visit the Pup Pavilion

Chairs and dog beds to relax with your pooch in the shade and listen to music from the Pawpaw main stage

Canine Cabanas

Pet sitting for your dog while you visit the Pawpaw Festival (no dogs allowed in the main venue) with dog beds and toys staffed by FOSD volunteers for a nominal donation.

Paws at the Pawpaw Vendors 2013

Lilly of the Valley Elite
Crystal Richmond Photography
Appalachian Hell Betties

Paws at the Pawpaw Sponsors 2013

Friendly Paws
Athens Pet Nanny
Kroner Veterinary Clinic
Hyacinth Bean
O’Nail Hartman Insurance
Athens Dental Depot
Belle Aimee Dance Studio
Larry's Dawg House
Flour Power Cupcakes
Tractor Supply
Donkey Coffee
Besam Enterprises
Buckley Brothers
No Bull Treats

Paws at the Pawpaw Dog Rescues 2013

Friends of the Shelter Dogs
Camelot Puppy Sanctuary
Friends of Dogs in Vinton County

Friends of the Shelter Dogs is a group of Athens County, Ohio, citizens dedicated to the welfare and rescue of dogs from the Athens County Dog Shelter. http://

Please email Karen Pilcher at if you have any questions.