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Puggerfest Promises Mardi Gras Madness for 2011

King & Queen from 2010

Darla Shelden

Grab your Mardi Gras beads and mask and head for Puggerfest 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10a to 4p at Stars and Stripes Park in Oklahoma City.

This year’s theme is Mardi Gras Madness. A drawing for the second annual King and Queen of Puggerfest will result in each winner receiving a gift basket with a retail value of over $250. Entry tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5 and you can enter as often as you want.

Puggerfest is open to the public and admission is $5 for adults and children 5 years old and under are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma.

Gail Tucker of Oklahoma City officially formed homeward Bound Pug Rescue in 2003.

“Our mission is to place pugs that have been surrendered, abandoned or abused into loving, caring forever homes,” said Tucker. “We are an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to pugs, which we frequently rescue from kill shelters. We have placed over 2000 pugs since Homeward Bound opened.”

Puggerfest 2011 will again feature Pam Case, well-known animal communicator who offers to find out ‘what your pet is really thinking’. Fifteen-minute sessions, each $20, will be scheduled prior to and on the day of Puggerfest allowing one pug per session.
Sessions are limited and appointments with Ms. Case can be prescheduled by emailing [email protected] or visiting

This year’s activities include Costume Contests, Best Trick, Best Kisser, Curliest Tail, and more. Additional prizes will be given for Best Group in Costume and Best Mardi Gras Costume.

After last year’s success, the second annual Pug Races will be held again and space is limited for this exciting event. Early sign up is recommended.

There will be a large silent auction of numerous pug and dog-related items, a coloring contest, face painting, mask decorating and bandana making for the kids. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

Homeward Bound is still graciously accepting donations of new items for the auction.

This year Puggerfest will be raffling off an Acer Laptop, an iPad and a Kindle. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 6 for $25. The drawing will be held during Puggerfest, but you need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance by check or money order made out to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, 1702 Vanessa Drive, Norman, OK 73071.

Stars and Stripes Park, located at 7398 N. Portland, just north of NW 63 Street and Independence, provides a fenced in area where all participants can play. All dogs attending must be fully vaccinated and leashed. Females in heat will not be allowed and no puppies under 4 months, unless held.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring chairs, cameras and of course, their pugs.

The 2011 Puggerfest t-shirts are available for purchase at the event or online for $20 plus $4.00 for shipping, if needed.

Puggerfest will provide a fun day for all and help out a local rescue at the same time.

For more information about Puggerfest and Homeward Bound Pug Rescue visit

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