Source: Sherman Publications

Doggy Olympics

by Susan Bromley

June 20, 2012

Ortonville- Go, dog, go!

The first annual Doggy Olympics to benefit North Oakland Animal Help (NOAH) will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 30, at Crossman Park in the village (located next to the township offices, 395 Mill St.).

“Originally we were going to have a charity dog show, but being an Olympic year, we thought, ‘Let’s do a canine Olympics,’” said Raena Kalfayan, founder of NOAH. “I’m excited, this is the first big stand-alone fundraiser for NOAH.”

NOAH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free pet food monthly to families struggling to care for their pets and in danger of having to give them up because of financial strain.

Kalfayan and NOAH volunteer Suzanne Hock brainstormed events for the Doggy Olympics and came up with several for the canines to compete in, including doggy musical sit; high jump (with separate classes for small, medium and large dogs); limbo; best tail wagger; best mirror image (dog that looks most like their handler); most mysterious heritage (for dogs whose features cross many breed lines); terrific pet tricks; ice cream eating contest; agility course; best dog biscuit catcher; cutest puppy (ages 6 weeks to 6 months); best vocal performance; and weiner dog race.

The events will be staggered in times, so dogs will be able to participate in multiple events. Cost is $3 for each event or $5 for two events. All proceeds are donated to NOAH.

There will also be pet-related vendors, food for the humans and lots of fun for people and animals alike, including plaster paw print-making and professional agility demonstrations.

Medals will be given to the first, second and third place finishers in each event.

“Bring your pets out for a good time in support of keeping pets with their families,” said Kalfayan. “There is nothing serious about this, it’s all in good fun.”

For details, or to secure a vendor spot, contact Raena at or 248-894-6185.