More than 100 pugs descended upon Stonelick Lake Park for the second annual Pug Fair charity event Oct. 4.
Pug Fair 2008, which attracted about 300 people and their costumed pet pugs (and many other breeds of dog), is an event designed to celebrate the popular breed of dog, and to especially raise money for the Ohio Pug Rescue Organization.
Event Chairperson Debbie Tolle said that last year’s event raised almost $3,000 and that they hope to raise even more than that this year.
There are currently 85 pugs who are waiting to be adopted or rescued, and that is just with the Ohio Pug Rescue Organization, Tolle said.
"All funds raised here today will go towards vet bills to get the pugs healthy," Tolle said. "And that will hopefully help getting the pugs placed in foster homes, or to be eventually adopted into loving homes."
The Clermont Pug Fair was inspired by an event that used to be held in Hyde Park by this year's parade grand marshals Glenda and Stan Hertzman, in memory of their pug named Buddy.
Continuing in that tradition, Tolle said that the Pug Fair is a way for pug lovers to spend a fun day in the park with their pets, and to socialize with other pug lovers.
One of those pug lovers was Loveland resident Isaac Vock, who adopted a 7-month-old pug about five weeks ago.
"We came today to see the other pugs," Vock said. "Everyone loves pugs - how could you not love that smashed up face and curly tail?"
Tolle said that Pug Fair was a way of also showing appreciation and saying thank you to all of the animal rescues that do such a great job of finding homes for all pets.
"Pugs are getting more and more recognized as the great dogs that they are," Tolle said. "In turn, more and more people are getting interested in helping the ones still waiting for good homes. And, once you have a pug, you will never have another dog."
Anything that encourages or attracts people to spend time outdoors in the park is a wonderful and worthwhile event, said Stonelick Lake Park Director Chris Dauner.
"It is nice to see all of these people out here today to support the pug rescue," Dauner said. "Anything that gets people out in the parks is good for Clermont County."
And especially good for the pugs.