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Can Enoch Win $25,000 for a Dog Park?

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016,Friends of Festival Country K9s and SUU Student, Courtney Sullivan presented to Enoch City Council for a dog park.  The presentation was well received and is to be addressed again at the next Enoch City Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6PM.

Although the official decision has not been made yet, Enoch City has been accepted into the PetSafe Bark For Your Park grant contest which could earn the city $25,000 for their potential dog park.

PetSafe has been operating this grant program for the last five years and has given away $850,000 to communities across the country to build new dog parks.


I just added a new page to our website for Lost Pets that gives names, addresses, phone numbers, and internet links to local Animal Shelters, Veterinarians, Groomers, Boarding Facilities, Rescue Groups, suggested Facebook links, newspaper contacts, radio contact, Craigslist, KSL and more.

Our Story
I write this because we, personally, just had a scare with our son and daughter-in-law’s dog.  Their dog Foxie was visiting some family on the south end of town in Cedar City when their neighbors blew off fireworks.

Discounted Dog Training in Cedar City

Gail Workman will be offering discounted dog training through the non-profit group, Friends of Festival Country K9s beginning January 2015.

The classes will begin with a free dog training seminar on January 14, 2015 at Gateway Preparatory Academy in Enoch.  Gail has been offering these free dog training seminars throughout Iron County since she became the Director of Education for the group in 2012.

Gail has over 30 years of experience training dogs in a variety of expertise including, obedience, tracking, flyball, agility and hunting.

D&B's Wishes Pets and their Parents a Happy New Year


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D&B's Pet Sitting 2015
Wishing everyone and their pets a Happy and Healthy New Year! Dog boarding services.

Cedar City Veterinarian Dr. Mike Gamble

Dr. Mike Gamble moved to the area and is working with Dr. Richard Bagley at Mt. View Animal Hospital.  We would like to welcome him to the area and let the community know what a great veterinarian that we think he is.  

He has been the primary veterinarian for our personal animals this year and we have been very happy with his ministrations.  He has also offered his services to the non profit groupFriends of Festival Country K9swith a vet clinic offering micro-chipping and vaccinations to the public.

Pet Food Drive to Help Homeless Animals

We have kicked off our annual Pet Food Drive for the homeless animals of Iron County again.  This year we are including Perseverance and Dust Devil Horse Sanctuaries.

In years past, we've been able to help all the animals shelters within Iron County but these very deserving sanctuaries need our help as well.

We are working with the non-profit group Friends of Festival Country K9s and they will supply a tax deductible receipt for your donation, if requested.  You may get this receipt by calling 435-865-7347.

Micro-chip & Vaccination Clinic with Dr. Mike Gamble

Friends of Festival Country K9swill be hosting theirResponsible Dog Ownership Dayon Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Park Discovery and Cedar Middle School in Cedar City between 11AM and 3 PM.

The day will consist ofCanine Good Citizen Testingwith AKC Evaluator Gail Workman and demonstrations with the Police K9s as well as agility, flyballl, and rally.  There will be local vendors, games with prizes, a purebred parade, coloring contest and more.

Doctor. Mike Gamble withMt. View Animal Clinic

AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing in Cedar City

The location will be at Cedar Middle School and Park Discovery inCedar City, Utah.

Gail will be offering this testing for a $10 fee.  All money will go to the FFCK9s club and helps to defray costs of materials and other associated costs with offering low cost training classes, seminars, and events.

What is a Canine Good Citizen?  It is a program designed by the AKC (

D&B's Pet Sitting hosts Agility Classes

D&B's Pet Sitting and Boarding in Cedar City Utah is hosting Pre-Agility and Agility Classes for the community.  They are on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30. 

The cost is a $10.00 donation toFriends of Festival Country K9swhich is a group that supports all the local animal shelters and offers discounted classes and fun activities for the whole family with their dogs.

We welcome vaccinated, leashed and friendly dogs to participate in this family friendly and fun sport.

We have a new AKC Competition Sized 100' X 100' area in our back fully fenced yard.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day 2014 in Cedar City


11 AM   TO   3 PM   



Friends of Festival Country K9s is hosting their 3rd Annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day at Cedar Middle School and Park Discovery, 2215 W. Royal Hunte Drive in Cedar City.  It will be hosted on the lawns across from the Aquatic Center.

This family friendly event welcomes people to bring their well-behaved, leashed dogs to try out some of the agility equipment purchased with donations and RAP funds.

How to Clean a Dog's Ears

Cleaning a dogs ears may not be as easy as you think.  Some dogs are rather adverse to it so it is a good idea to always offer a treat when you are done so the next ear cleaning session goes a little easier.
Start by restraining your dog.  If you have a small dog you can wrap her up in a large thick towel with her head exposed or have someone help hold her.
Use a cotton ball, paper towel or gauze sponge moistened with water and gently rub the large pieces of wax and debris off of the ear lobe.

Cedar City Dog Park - Our Vision

My husband, Bruce Gil, and I have been working to bring the community an off leash dog park to Cedar City along with a group of other people and have met with much resistance.

One of the things that brought resistance is the lack of funds to build a dog park which brought us to starting a non profit 501.c.3 so people who donate to our group can get a tax deductible receipt.

We were approved by the IRS in record time and have made huge steps forward in the community by hosting regular pet adoptions for shelter pets, offering low cost and free dog training seminars and classes, hosting fun events that can help people get motivated to be involved with their pets and so much more.

So you want to adopt a new dog?

If you are thinking of adopting a new dog, there are many things to consider.  
Are you really ready for one? 
 This free downloadable book is a great resource to help you decide.

If you have a new dog, a local group by the name of Friends of Festival Country K9s can help you with resources to train and offer fun and exciting activities with your dog.  This is their site:

Dog Training in Cedar City

Offered by Gail Workman

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 2014
5:30 to 8:30
Do not bring your dog.
To Register, call: 435-592-5487

There will be time for questions and answers.   This seminar is WITHOUT dogs and open to the public. Please sign up here to register as space is limited.   Classes begin the following week.  This seminar is a pre-requisite for those intending to take Gail’s class so you know what to expect and be prepared for.

How to Break Up a Dog Fight

Have you ever been in the uncomfortable position of having to break up a dog fight?

It can become a very dangerous situation very quickly and must be acted upon quickly.  If you have fears that your dog might be aggressive towards other dogs, don't risk your dog, yourself or other dogs by allowing them to come in contact.

If your dog shows signs of aggression, we recommend that you seek the professional help of an animal behavioral expert or dog trainer.  Locally to Cedar City and the Southern Utah Area, D&B's highly recommends Gail Workman.

North American Flyball Association Tournament in Cedar City

NAFA or the North American Flyball Association is coming to Cedar City for a flyball tournament.

What is flyball?  Flyball is a dog sport  in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.


The Iron Dog Flyers 
and Flying Colors Flyball Teams are co-hosting a NAFA tournament in Cedar City, Utah on May 18th and 19th with the support of the Friends of Festival Country K-9s.

Therapy Dogs in Southern Utah

Therapy Dogs International(TDI)was founded in 1976 with it's headquarters based in Flanders, New Jersey.

TDI is a volunteer group that offers qualified handlers and their dogs to visit institutions, hospitals, facilities, schools and any other place where Therapy Dogs are Needed.

The purpose of Therapy Dogs is to provide comfort & companionship to those in need.  So many people benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance of animals.  It is clinically proven that animals help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and help relieve depression.

Low Cost Micro-Chips for Iron County Pets

In an effort to help Iron County Shelters and Rescues find the owners of lost pets, Friends of Festival Country K9s is offering micro-chipping to the community at a very reduced rate.
Cost to Members of Friends of Festival Country K9s (FFCK9s) is only $20 per pet.  Cost to the General Public is only $30 per pet.  This price includes registration with Home Again Pet ID and Recovery Service.

The Group is offering the next micro-chip clinic at the Grand Opening of the new 

AKC's Video on The Dog Listener

Friends of Festival Country K9s work in the Iron County Area to bring awareness and educate the community how to be a responsible pet owner.

One of the things that they are promoting is a video by the name of The Dog Listener which is presented by the AKC.  It is a wonderful video that tells how children should approach a new dog, what to do and not do around dogs they don't know, and more. I've included the link in this blog.  Please take the time to check it out and see for yourself how to become a Dog Listener.

New Vet Clinic in Parowan

Dr. Leilani  Wilson has been serving our community for years through a mobile vet service.  She will still offer this wonderful service, but she now has her own clinic as well.  

Dr. Wilson's new clinic is called Parowan Valley Veterinary Clinic and is located at 20 East 100 North, Parowan, UT 84761.

The new clinic is number is 435-477-0159.

Dr. Wilson has also agreed to work with Best Friends and their No More Homeless Pets Voucher Program which helps with assisting low income families get their pets spayed and neutered.