Give your best friend a day out

Dog owners have an extra-special treat to give their pups this weekend.

The newly-opened Crescent at Camana Bay will play host to man’s four-legged friend with a Doggies’ Day Out event this Saturday.

Following The Crescent’s official opening last Saturday night with the Voices for Hospice concert, Camana Bay has planned a day full of free, animal-friendly activities to help celebrate man’s best friend. From puppy portraits to paw print keepsakes, all members of the family can be involved.

From 3pm to 5pm, dogs will flock to The Crescent for the opportunity to be photographed with their owners by the experts at Picture This. The photo shoot is free of charge and packages of the finished product will be available for purchase.

A paw print party will be hosted, allowing ‘puppy parents’ to have the chance to own artwork created by their pups. To prepare your dog for this activity, it may be a good idea to practise with them first by handling his or her foot and pressing it against paper without using any ink; this will help the dog to relax during the process and produce a better image on the day. Other preparations include trimming away excess hair between the pads and clipping their nails, as well as ensuring the paw is clean and dry.

Camana Bay is providing cardboard double-sided photo frames so that dogs can decorate the frame and then their paw print can be displayed on one side while allowing owners to show off their portrait with their pup on the other side.

To finish off the day, a double-bill of doggie movies will show at the Doggie Drive-In at The Crescent.

Lady and the Tramp, rated G, will begin at 7pm followed by Beverly Hills Chihuahua, rated PG, at 8.30pm. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and seating for the films, which will be aired on an open-air screen in The Crescent.

‘Pets are an important member of the family and we know that people in Cayman truly love their pets,’ said Nikki Callender, senior manager of events at Camana Bay. ‘The Crescent is a very dog- and family-friendly space, given the lawns and amount of open space, and with it being so recently opened we came up with an event concept that showcased its multiple possible uses. It is essentially a waterfront park.’

Dogs from the Cayman Islands Humane Society will be accompanied by volunteers on the day, so prospective dog owners should also head to the event and meet the pups up for adoption.

The Humane Society representatives will also be selling tickets for its annual Fashion Show fundraiser, Doggies and Diamonds, which is being held at The Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay on Saturday, 24 October.

The representatives will accept cash donations or cat food, dog food, toys, rawhides, bath mats and towels, bleach, paper towels, dryer sheets, laundry detergent, strongly-scented candles and 13- and 15-gallon garbage bags, all of which are much-needed supplies which help to keep the shelter running.

‘The Humane Society has been very fortunate to have such a lovely partnership with Dart Management since the Dog Show became an annual event on their property,’ said Carolyn Parker, president of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. ‘This is a great opportunity for people to bring out their animals for a walk around the new facility.

‘Twila Escalante, shelter liaison, will be bringing animals for adoption along with a few animals that need to be fostered for heartworm treatment,’ she added. ‘We will also have spay and neuter pamphlets, our 2010 calendars for sale and we’ll be distributing information sheets on the statistics on adoptions, animal intake, and numbers of spay and neuter surgeries we have performed this year. This will help the general public know what we do with the funds we work so hard to raise.’

The pet-friendly attitude at Camana Bay will last longer than after Doggies’ Day Out is over.

‘Camana Bay is very pet friendly – the sidewalks, courtyards, trails and paths all lend themselves to dog walking and dogs are very welcome at Camana Bay, on leads, including within the Terraces apartments,’ said Ms Callender.