Annual Event Rolls Over into 5th Year
Canine superstars performing feats of brawn and brain will be highlights of Bridgeland’s “pet-acular” Howl-O-Ween Fest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road.
Mutts Gone Nuts will have audience members howling and begging for more at the fifth annual Fido-and-family festival, as Scott and Joan Houghton try to outsmart their pack of mischievous rescue dogs in a show that includes thrilling stunts and impeccable comedic timing. The husband-and-wife team works with as many as eight dogs on stage, all who have been handpicked for their lively personalities and athleticism among the 70 to 80 dogs the pair have fostered during the last decade.
Also on stage will be Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner, Jadie, dubbed by Jay Leno as the “world’s smartest dog” after she “read” numerals during an appearance on the Tonight Show. The clever canine also will showcase her acrobatic ability and intelligence in an energetic display of dog tricks taken from Sundance’s best-selling book, “101 Dog Tricks.”
“We have a superb line-up of entertainment and activities planned for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “We’ve also added another fundraising component to the event to further help the many rescue organizations affiliated with the festival.”
Kicking off this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest is a new activity, a pup-and-people Ruff Run at Waterway Park. Entrants can choose to race a half-mile or one-mile course at 9 a.m. and can then take shuttles to Howl-O-Ween Fest. Creative attire is encouraged, as awards will be given for the best pet-and-owner costumes. Online registration is $25 and is available now at www.bridgelandlife.com. Race day registration will be $35 and begins at 8 a.m. at Festival Park. All proceeds benefit participating Howl-O-Ween Fest rescue groups, which include Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston, Great Dane Rescue of Southeast Texas, Husky Haven, Lone Star Boxer Rescue, Texas Gulf Coast Boston Terrier Rescue, Pug Hearts and Boykin Spaniel Rescue.