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It's a day dedicated to dogs

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On a sun-soaked Saturday, Karen Trayah and her dogs enjoyed the sights, sounds, and of course smells of a festival for fidos.

"It's called Woofstock, however, this is our 1st year doing it here at the Basin Harbor Club and what a beautiful day it is," said Jackie Rose of Homeward Bound.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center, formerly known as the Addison County Humane Society.

The shelter's executive director says they hope to raise 25-thousand of the 400-thousand dollars necessary to run the facility.

"With that money we serve more than 1,000 animals a year. Through our shelter we handle all the cruelty cases in Addison County and we have a feral cat program. We have lots of services we're providing to the community and we do all of that on about 400k," Rose said.

Pooches sporting red-bandanas Saturday were former shelter residents that now have homes.

Trayah's dog Buddy is one of those pups.

"We had lost a dog of 14 years and after about nine months we were ready to get another dog," Trayah said

She says she and her family went as far as Boston in their search for the perfect companion.

It turns out, they didn't need to leave their own community, spotting an ad for Buddy last October.

"So we went in, met with him and it was love at first sight," Trayah said.

"Buddy's definitely a work in progress. He's my naughty little angel, but he's coming along very well."

The festival offers good food, fun and games, even a beach for the dogs to soak up some rays or those who get too close before a shake.

Trayah says it's the sense of community that keeps bringing her back year after year.

"I love just seeing all the other dogs socializing together, getting to see the rescue dogs, I purposely go out of my way to meet with the rescue dogs and ask them how it's going and what their story is," Trayah said.

The dogs didn't comment, but their body language seems to indicate they're enjoying themselves as well.

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