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Latrobe event promises to be 'pug-tacular'

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
'Brinks' receives a big smooch from owner, Madison Trudgen, 10, of Leechburg, after winning first place in the Pug Race, one of several activities held at 'Pugtoberfest'.  The pug resuce fundraising festival to benefit Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs, and Guradian Angels Pug Rescue, was held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Cooperstown Event Center, Latrobe, PA. This year's event is Sept. 23.
Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune-Review
'Brinks' receives a big smooch from owner, Madison Trudgen, 10, of Leechburg, after winning first place in the Pug Race, one of several activities held at 'Pugtoberfest'. The pug resuce fundraising festival to benefit Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs, and Guradian Angels Pug Rescue, was held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Cooperstown Event Center, Latrobe, PA. This year's event is Sept. 23.
Yoda reacts to a sound while attending the 2016 Pugtoberfest with owner Carol Policaro of Beaver Falls.
Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune-Review
Yoda reacts to a sound while attending the 2016 Pugtoberfest with owner Carol Policaro of Beaver Falls.

The annual Pugtoberfest is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Cooperstown Picnic Grounds, 2541 Thomas St., in Latrobe. All dog breeds are welcome to join the pugs for a day of doggie fun, which includes pug races, longest kissing pugs, curliest pug tail, pug/owner look-a-like and farthest traveled.

There also will be a costume contest for pugs and pugwannabees. Humans can dress up with their pets, but the contest will be judged on the dog's costume only.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. The event benefits Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs and Guardian Angels Pug Rescue. Other donations include dry dog food, Frontline Plus and Hartgard, eye ointments and plastic car carriers.

The mission of Southwest PA Pugs is to rescue old, disabled and special needs pugs that require ongoing special care and/or medical treatment from shelters where they are scheduled to be euthanized and are considered unadoptable. The organization provides appropriate medical treatment, placing them in foster homes while awaiting adoption.

Details: swpapug.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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