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MVP Pet Walk & Vendor Show
Come one, come all to Mon Valley Paws annual Pet Walk & Vendor Show! The event starts at 10am on September 10th at the Monessen City Park walking track. The first 100 who register are eligible to receive a swag bag loaded with goodies and a door prize ticket. Online registration is encouraged but not required. Once again, you and your pawesome pet can indulge in over 40 vendors, food trucks, and animal rescues in attendance.
Schedule of Events

10:00 - Opening Ceremony
11:00 - a memorial lap will commence. It will be led by the MVP Junior group in memory of our deceased pets. All those who take part in the lap will receive a chance to win a ticket for a Pet Supplies Plus gift.

11:15 - Ed Delancey will be introduced as a new member of our team who just happens to be a dog trainer. He is very knowledgeable of the dog training-human relationship. He will be on hand throughout the day to answer your questions. Paws up Ed! 
11:30 - The pet arena will be the site where the Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest begins. Judging is done by the audience so bring your support team to clap and yell to vote! Trophies and prizes will be awarded. The five categories are: 

  • Most Original
  • Wackiest
  • Holiday Theme
  • Best looking
  • Superhero
  • The King and Queen will be chosen from all costumed and non-costumed registered pets

1:00 - Father Mike will present the blessing of the animals. He is a dog lover and owner himself. Thanks, Father Mike, for your compassion towards our furry friends. 
Remainder of the day: will be the announcing of the air brush photo winner, basket auctions, the last door prize drawing, and the half the take winner.

All Day Activities: Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. DJ Hamm will be playing music all day long! There will be time to check out the vendors, the cool zone, animal balloons and face painting, a photo op donated by Joseph’s Nursery and the Smooch Your Pooch display. Take a chance on the tip boards to win a $125 gas card or a $125 food gift card at Foodland. A save-the-date magnet is included in the swag bag for next years’ walk on September 9th, 2023. Mark your calendars!

Please help contribute to making this another successful fundraiser. Remember all monies raised are given back at year end to specific organizations. MVP is grateful for your support in  believing in our mission. 

Register for the Walk
Look for the new version of the Mon Valley Paws T-shirt booth at the Pet Walk & Vendor Show! Show your support by wearing what you believe. They will be on sale for $20.

Check out our other apparel for sale on our Bee Graphix store: 
https://stores.inksoft.com/monvalleypaws/shop/home
PET SPOTLIGHT
Mary and Jim Earl and Their Dog Kaiah

"It was a long three years since the passing of my last Yorkie, Libby. Libby was the daughter of our other Yorkie Hershey. He too had passed two years before Libby. My husband stated he wanted no more dogs. Their passing was very heartbreaking, but I always expressed the many happy years out weighted their end of days. At some point I just said I was going to find me another Yorkie. Unfortunately, my search resulted in just missing the dog or was out of my price range.  

One day while doing an event for Mon Valley Paws at Pet Supplies Plus, a woman came into the store with the cutest little dog who captured my heart. She told me it was a Shih Tsu and guess what? The breeder was local. My next question was “Did it shed”?  Considering I was highly allergic to pet dander, I was delighted that it did not. Upon calling the breeder, she stated the next litter would be born in January and be ready to bring home in March. Almost immediately I started purchasing dog paraphernalia. Two weeks after the litter was born, I was permitted to visit the household and select my puppy. I choose the almost white one with golden brown spots because I never had a white dog previously. My weekly visits allowed me to watch the progression of her development.  Researching a name on the internet was the next mission. On a native American website, I selected Kaiah meaning little but wise. The little part befits her but stubborn comes to mind more so than wise. Being stubborn is her wise way of making me work harder at training her. 

A notable aspect of having a small, spirited dog is how she has bonded with my elderly Aunt. She looks forward to being woken up and greeted with wet kisses. Kaiah motivates her to move about the house and play by tossing her toys about the room. She is a therapy dog for my aunt and has filled the void in both our houses of being dogless. She is extremely energetic and loving. Here is hoping for many years of a fun-loving companionship. P.S., I am still searching for a Yorkie playmate for Kaiah. Don’t tell my husband. He won’t admit it but he plays with her too!"

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS SO FAR THIS YEAR!
  • Michael Rozzell   
  • Dave & Mickey Marino
  • Joseph & Suzanne Surdyn
  • Stacy & Rob Marino and Family
  • Anthony & Kathleen McGree
  • Esther & Mike Murphy
  • Emma Ferrari
  • Liz & Chris Wittman and Family
  • Marilynne & Ralph Stone
  • Carly & Jake Cambotti and Family
  • Nick Opacic   
  • Lena & Justin Surdyn and Family
  • Johnston Family      
  • Christa Albert & Jeff Surdyn and Families
  • Bobbi Fordanish 
  • Vicki & Bob Trusty and Family
  • Janet Brandtonies
  • Sandy Duffy and Family  
  • James/Michelle Trenk   
  • Rehoboth Deacons
  • Janis & Nick Gribble and Family    
  • Joe Maisano
  • Jill & Matt Davis and Family    
  • The Cosner Family
  • Ginger Pollack
  • Amy Leader
  • All other anonymous donors through PayPal
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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