By Tom Bostock

Calling all dog lovers. What do you get when you combine community-conscious Trinity Regional Rehab Center with a love a dogs? The result is their annual “Dog Days” fundraising event. A celebration of dogs and their proud owners coming together to raise money for Cindy’s Pets, a local charity that provides pet food for the furry companions of seniors on limited incomes.

Circle Saturday, November 10th on your calendar for the 6th annual Trinity Regional Rehab’s Dog Days. Bring your pooch and don’t miss all of the fun! It will be a day that you and your pet will never forget. From 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, dogs and their owners will rule at Trinity Regional Rehab! It will be a non-stop entertainment event.

From 10 AM until noon, dogs and their owners will be treated to the sounds of today as performed by kid’s band, Beyond Chaotic. That will be followed, from noon until 2, by the onsite live broadcast from local radio station HITS 106.

There will be local business vendors participating at this event. If you are a business and would like to participate please call Annette at 727-859-4100 to reserve your spot in the festivities. There will be Dog Days t-shirts for sale for only $15.00 dollars.

Trinity’s famous gift baskets, donated each year by caring members of the community will be available from ticket purchases. There are so many goodies packed into each of these baskets that the value far exceeds the minimal price of the ticket you can purchase for the drawing necessary to win one. You can buy one or 20. As many tickets as you want. Don’t forget to try your luck.

Sharing our World Therapy Dogs will be there to do our famous Doggie Wedding. Tailgating Tricksters will be performing tricks! Including Dog painting. Yes, a dog who can paint. There will be a photographer to take a photo of your dog provided by Minuteman Press for a small donation. Trinity will have a Doggie Lure Course for your dog to try. It’s a great hit with the four-legged variety.

If you get hungry after walking around there will be food trucks and their tempting, tasty wares. Treat your taste buds to some local fair-like food.

If you come to the event out of curiosity and didn’t bring a dog or don’t even own one, that’s not a problem. There will be many dog rescue groups present at the festival with a wide variety of pooches of all sizes and breeds there, just looking for a loving home. Adopt a dog and gain a friend. The center’s slogan, “Come Here…Get Well…Go Home” applies to everyone.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Trinity Regional Rehab Center would sponsor such a special event. Trinity loves helping people and is very community based and aware of the needs of individuals. Cindy’s Pets will benefit from the festivities as well as dogs that are adopted. Four-legged “pet therapists” are already an integral part of the center’s healing process. They even pay to house patients’ pets while they are in the rehab facility to encourage recovery during their rehab process. Several vets and pet housing facilities bill the rehab center directly for their pet-loving services.

It’s a “win, win” situation for everyone who attends. From the staff who volunteer their time and energy, to the dogs and their owners, vendors and civic-minded sponsors, everyone will have a wonderful time. With something for everyone, Dog Days is the ultimate celebration of dogs.

The site for the Dog Days Event is conveniently located, one a hop, skip and a jump from almost anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando counties. The place is Trinity, FL at 2144 Welbilt Boulevard and the time is 10 AM – 2 PM. Everyone is welcome, both 2 legged and four. For further information, call 727-859-4100.