THE ANIMAL Welfare League of Alexandria presents "Canine Games," a morning of Frisbee- and ball-catching contests, races and other fun events, on Saturday at Alexandria's Jones Point Park.
The games test speed, agility and intelligence. The contests include a 40-yard dash, a ball-catch, a Frisbee-catch, fetching race, obstacle courses, steeplechase, swimming and ice cream eating. And there are two human/canine competitions: "World Pup Soccer," in which the canine and the owner try to score a soccer goal, and "Box Bonanza," where the owner hides in a box and the dog is timed on how fast it can find its owner.
"We usually get in the neighborhood of 500 dogs, of all breeds," said Tara Blot, administrative director of the league. "The funds raised go for the [league's] adoption program and humane education."
The registration of dogs starts at 7 a.m. ($25 for your first dog, $15 for each additional dog; proceeds go to the league). The games run from 8:30 to 11, with the awards ceremony at 11:30. Other activities include a Frisbee demonstration by the National Capital Air Canines at 11; caricaturists who will draw your dog; music; refreshments; vendors selling canine supplies, toys, artwork and pet services; shelter dogs for adoption; a raffle; and demonstrations of pet massage.
Admission to Canine Games is free. Jones Point Park is at Lee Street and Jones Point Drive. Spectators with or without dogs are welcome. All dogs must be leashed. The rain date is Sunday. Call 703/838-4387.