Rotary hosts third annual get-together at Dog Park

HARLINGEN — Scarlet and Tilly wrestled playfully with Cory Boyd while live music filled the air.

“The whole thing is good,” said Boyd, 34, who’d brought the two dogs yesterday for an afternoon of music and fun at the 3rd Annual Dog-On Music Festival.

The event at the Harlingen Dog Park was hosted by the Rotary Club of Harlingen.

“The purpose is just making people aware that Harlingen has a dog park,” said Tre Peacock, past president of the Rotary Club.

“It’s surprising how many people don’t know Harlingen has a dog park,” he added. “In 2014 we donated the park to the city so people could bring their dogs out.”

Dog owners relaxed in fold-out chairs in front of the stage where bands played, their dogs romping nearby. Children dashed about the grounds with their pets, and parents soaked in the afternoon breeze and enjoyed the open space. Vendors sold beer and fajitas.

Bill and Linda Crane bring their dogs to the park about twice a month. This was a regular trip for them, but they were pleasantly surprised to find so many dog lovers enjoying the music.

“We didn’t expect to see this,” said Bill Crane as their two schnoodles, Pete and Sam, played.

“I like this,” he added. “We’ve been here about an hour and 15 minutes. We usually stay about two hours.”

His wife Linda agreed.

“We make new friends, the dogs make new friends,” she said.

Boyd didn’t know about the park until the event was announced. He indicated he’d probably be back with his wife Monica and daughter Eva, 2.

“She seems to be enjoying it a lot,” he said.