Previous Events


2010, March 13 - Spay-Ghetti Dinner
2008, October 25 - Howl-o-ween Extravaganza
2008, May 27 - 1st Annual Memorial Dog Walk
2007, May 12 - 4th Annual Spring Fling
2006, September 30 - Pet Preparedness Day
2006, August 19 - Pancakes for Puppies
2006, August 19 - Beach Party Photos
2006, May 13 - 3rd Annual Spring Fling
2005, October 29 - Howl-o-ween Extravaganza
2005, May 14 - 2nd Annual Spring Fling
2004, October 30 - Howl-o-ween Extravaganza

Spay-Ghetti Dinner

The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (A.A.R.F.), is hosting a Spay-Ghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Elite Catering, 1401 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY.
The Olive Garden of Charleston, WV is graciously providing a delicious dinner for those attending. Tickets are available at the Ashland Animal Clinic on 13th Street in Ashland, the Thoroughbred Agency, Inc. at 1430 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY, or at the door before the dinner. The cost is $10.00 per person for the delectable meal that only Oliver Garden can prepare! The money raised will be used by A.A.R.F. to rescue dogs that have been abused, neglected or abandoned and find them a home where they will be safe, warm, and loved. A.A.R.F. cannot accomplish this task without the support of generous donations. Make plans to enjoy some great food while knowing that every penny you give will go toward the fees incurred in pulling the dogs from the local shelters, spaying or neutering, medications, food, supplies, and transportation.
2008 Howl-o-ween Extravaganza
1st Annual Memorial Dog Walk

4th Annual Spring Fling

The 4th Annual Spring Fling was held on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at the Ashland Boyd County Dog Park.

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The dog walk will be held at the Boyd County Middle School (registration on the day of the event will start at 8:00 a.m.) The King and Queen Pageant is at 11:00 a.m. (deadline to enter May 9) All other contests can be entered on Sat. May 12.  We will be scheduling a time for the contests, especially the wiener dog races, but that has not yet been determined.

The Ashland Boyd County Dog Park's 4th Annual Spring Fling celebrating National Pet Week is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2007. We hope to have a large turnout of pet owners and animal health care professionals who are dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. The festivities are scheduled to begin with an Ashland Area Diabetes Association Coalition Dog Walk at 9:00 am, at the Boyd County Middle School (just down the hill from the dog park). Proceeds from this event will fund Ashland area diabetes education.

The Spring Fling will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. The goal of our Spring Fling is to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and to encourage pet owners to make themselves and their pets healthier by increasing their exercise and physical activity. The funds raised at this year's Spring Fling will be used to maintain the dog park and to continue to spay and neuter dogs at our local animal shelter.

Our agenda for this year's Spring Fling promises to be educational and exciting. Jay Stutz, a nationally acclaimed animal trainer and host of Good Dog U on Animal Planet, is scheduled to attend our event. He will be discussing animal behavior and training. There will be a demonstration by the Boyd County Sheriff's Department Canine Unit, the King and Queen of the Fling pageant, and other fun contests for dogs and their owners.

In addition to education about diabetes, there will be free diabetes testing, goodie bags for the first 100 people in attendance, and a silent auction. For more information please contact (606) 329-9164.

Bandanas and T-Shirts for Sale - we still have some Spring Fling 2007 "Wag Away Diabetes" doggie bandanas ($5.00) and human t-shirts ($10.00) for sale. The proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Ashland Area Diabetes Coalition, the ABC Dog Park general maintenance fund, and the Pet Betterment Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation for the Tri-State Community. Please email us your request for a bandana and/or t-shirt (sorry, only XL and XXL left... please include size) and your item(s) will be available for pickup at the Ashland Animal Clinic (3101 13th St., Ashland). Click on the thumbnails below to see some examples!

Pet Preparedness Day

Pet Preparedness Day will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at the Ashland Boyd County Dog Park. September has been designated Preparedness Month for the United States, and we are working with Cassie Montgomery, Chairperson for the FIVCO Regional Citizen Corps Council. Cassie thought it would be a neat idea to involve pets since they are our part of our family - and she is doing the lion's share of the work to make this a success. It will be similar to our Howl-oween Extravaganza last year.

Pancakes for Puppies


The Independent

ASHLAND — Calypso music blasted in the Applebee’s parking lot Saturday morning, calling all dog lovers — and pancake lovers — to a breakfast benefiting the Ashland Boyd County Dog Park and the Pet Betterment Fund.

Every shape, size and breed, as well as mixed breeds attended. Some, like Jersey, a 5-month-old Whippet, were decked out in proper beach gear.

Jersey’s owner, Jennifer Sharp of Athens, Ohio, learned about the event from her sister, who works at the Ashland Animal Clinic. Sharp works for the Athens Animal Clinic.

She was proud of her boy in his tank top and swim trunks.

“I think his clothes make him look like a little baby beefcake,” she said.

Some of the canines bared all, like Maggie, a 2-year-old harlequin Great Dane belonging to Ginger Hardy of Flatwoods.

The massive, spotted mutt who stood about 30 inches and weighed a lean 100 or more pounds had nothing to wear to the beach party.

“I’ve tried to find clothes but couldn’t find any big enough,” Hardy said. “Besides, she doesn’t like anything on her bottom.”

For $5, humans received a pancake breakfast, including sausage, syrup and a drink. Even though many of the dogs were able to snitch a bite from someone, each dog received its own cup of dog-friendly ice cream.

Applebee’s has a history of teaming with groups that benefit animals, Tawnya Meadows, one of the organizers, said.

“Applebee’s manager Gary Huff contacted us about it after seeing something on the Web site (for the dog park,)” Meadows said.

Organizers considered the beach party a success. Meadows said the breakfast drew at least 100 people and 35 or more dogs.

Near the end of the event, those who wished to compete for prizes lined up and were judged. Six prizes were awarded, including Applebee’s and Petland/Russell gift certificates and a six-pack of Front Line flea preventive.

“This town has a lot of dog lovers,” Meadows said.

Photos of the Beach Party

3rd Annual Spring Fling

The 3rd Annual Spring Fling was held on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the Ashland Boyd County Dog Park. There was a story in the Independent.

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This year we held a beauty pageant to elect a "King and Queen of the Fling"! The winners received trophies and crowns. We also had other contests similar to those in the past, and we had a special guest speaker from Animal Planet - Jay Stutz

Here's Jay Stutz's personal biography as provided by Animal Planet:

Jay Stutz, host of Animal Planet’s Good Dog U., is a nationally acclaimed animal trainer and one of America’s newest “animal” personalities. In addition to hosting Good Dog U., Jay appears on television, stage, and radio providing people with a fresh perspective on how to exist happily with all animals; especially the ones in our homes.

A familiar face on Animal Planet (Good Dog U., Petsburgh U.S.A., Eukanuba National Dog Championships, and Animal Planet’s Dog Olympics), Jay has also appeared on The Discovery Channel, Home Matters, America’s Health Network, Saturday Night Live, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

His enthusiasm for animals and his ability to express that enthusiasm to the general public has made him a regular host of animal shows and other pet-related events around the world. On stage at Universal Studios, Jay has performed for audiences in Orlando, Hollywood, and Japan; alongside animal stars like “Benji”, “Lassie”, “Beethoven”, “Babe”, “Mr. Ed”, and “Curious George”. He is a regular co-host on nationally syndicated radio programs like Talkin’ Pets and Pet Talk Live.

On the other side of the camera, Jay has trained and interacted with the animal stars from movies like Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Dr. Doolittle, George of the Jungle, Homeward Bound, and 101 Dalmatians. Jay has experience with a wide variety of animal species including; dogs, cats, exotic birds, birds of prey, apes, monkeys, dolphins, seals, sea lions, hoofed-stock, reptiles, fish, and many other exotic mammals. His expertise in the areas of animal management, behavior, and training has provided him the opportunity to coordinate animal services for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Ocean Park Hong Kong, MGM Studios, Nickelodeon, Taronga Zoo Australia, Busch Gardens, and USA Networks.

In an attempt to strengthen the bond between humans and animals, Jay continues to travel around the country appearing at events for organizations like Paws for Applause, Canine Companions for Independence, the American Humane Society, and the ASPCA. He shares his home with two dogs and two cats. They are all adopted and they are all wonderful pets.

2005 Howl-o-ween Extravaganza!

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2nd Annual Spring Fling

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2004 Howl-o-ween Extravaganza!

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