This weekend was the third year that Montage participated at Woofstock, with one of the largest groups (almost 50 volunteers) between the 2 days. Woofstock volunteer coordinator, Denise Stanfield was thrilled to see such a turn out as well as so many returning volunteers. A small crew also volunteered prior to the event preparing over 1000 ‘doggy bags’ of sponsor samples swag n wag!
A few of our volunteers duos, staff and residents, were stationed at the entrance check points as a greeters welcoming the VIP guests (and their owners), checking for the paid wristbands, giving directions and handing out the Woofstock maps and sponsor information packages. Another group worked with the water crew. Their main job was keeping the doggy water dishes that were lining all the pathways full of clean water. Our volunteers helped to fill buckets with water, and then carted each of them one at a time using their wheelchair foot rests while others loaded the water jugs onto golf carts.
So many breeds of dogs roamed and sniffed their way around the grounds, including one of the celebrity dogs, Smiley, a gorgeous blond haired dog who is blind. He works as a child therapy dog.
With so much rain over the last few weeks much of the ground was covered in hay, and despite one or two wheelchairs getting stuck, there was plenty of energy and dog power to help them out. Two sun-filled days, (thank goodness) had dogs surfing, playing catch over a pool, getting tattoos or having their tales dyed in bright colors, wearing embarrassing fashions, relaxing and running around together and just enjoying being dogs.
Photos courtesy of Alicia Hemingway and Elizabeth Sayat