Festival puts pets in the limelight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

GAINES – The Olde Dogge Inn is celebrating its second annual Pet Festival today with many activities, including a pet costume contest.

Trixie is dressed as a queen and Desiree is a lady bug. The two won the costume contest. They are owned by Michelle Wiseman of Medina.

Ken Kuehne, right, holds a snake that proved popular with the crowd, including Mitchell Bias, left, and his brother Evan. The two are from San Antonio, Texas, and are visiting family in the area.

Kuehne brought along many reptiles and other creatures. He owns Know Your Rep, and brings the animals to parties and festivals.

Amanda Kuehne holds a chameleon, a lizard that can change color.

Xavier Penafiel, 9, of Albion holds the end of the big snake’s tail. Xavier attended the reptile and snake demonstration with his father Wilian Penafield.

Kyle Kuehne holds one of the many snakes that were part of today’s demonstration.

There are many vendors selling pet-themed shirts, supplies and services.