Pet owners love to dress their dogs up for all occasions — Halloween, Christmas, formal events, you name it. To celebrate the end of summer, area pups have the chance to compete in a doggy swimsuit competition during the Dog Dayz of Summer Beach Pawty & Dog Wash, presented by K9 Kindness Rescue, Inc.!

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Davenport’s Merrill Lynch building, 4550 E. 53rd St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. Pups can be treated to $5-$20 dog washes depending on the size of the dog, $20 microchipping, $5 nail trims and doggy photography. The event will also feature a raffle drawing, local craft items for sale, face painting for kids and food for purchase.

Trendsetting tail-waggers are encouraged to dress for fun in the sun. Which dog can make the biggest splash in beach wear? Find out during the swimsuit competition at 12:30 p.m.

The best part? Every dollar raised will support routine veterinary treatments and any necessary medical treatments for all dogs in the care of K9 Kindness. Most of these animals have been rescued from high-risk shelters regionally and across the country, and K9 Kindness works tirelessly to ensure every pup has the care they deserve before they’re adopted into their forever homes.

So, make plans for a “pawsome” day out supporting a local animal organization with your favorite furry friend!

The 2019 Beach Pawty is sponsored by Nehlsen Communications, Russell and Midwest Trauma Services. For more information or to volunteer, foster or adopt, visit


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