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Everyone has an instinctive love for dogs, man’s best friend. It is astonishing just how many of these adorable pooches attend the farmer’s market with their willing owners. I first became interested in this project in the summer of 2010. Most Saturdays we end up going to the farmer's market and along with the food I enjoy looking at all the dogs.
I began to realize that there really was an abundance of dogs in attendance, so one day I decided to do a nose count. There were at least 101 dogs that day! I know that I'm not the only one who loves the dogs so I started to take pictures. All that attend the market are deeply grateful to be able to spend their time buying fresh, local produce and enjoy the company of dogs.
Let's Dog Watch!
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Just a little bit about me if you want to know. My name is Melissa and I graduated from Iowa State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in horticulture and in 2009 with a Master's degree in agronomy, so with this background I love visiting the farmer's market. I want to utilize my talents, education, and creativity. This project seemed like the perfect outlet. Plus I LOVE the Farmer's Market! I'm hoping to write a book about the dogs at the market.
This is a photo of me and my dog Lolo, a great pyrenese. He is a wonderful, giant, fluffy dog. He loves to go for runs. I like running in the spring, but he loves running in the winter. With all of that fur he just doesn't get cold easily! I haven't brought my dog to the farmer's market. I don't think it is the right atmosphere for him plus he gets hot too easily and I highly doubt anyone wants to get slimed.
Rules for bringing your pet to the Farmer's Market
Both Omaha and Iowa have a great set of guidelines to follow when bringing your pets
Interested in bringing your dog to the market,
are the rules along with a few market tips?
Make sure that if you do bring your dogs to the market that this is something they can handle. They need to be obedient, walk well on a leash, behave with other dogs & people, up to date on shots & veterinarian, and able to thrive in our varying climate.
Make sure to bring plenty of water! As good pet owners it is our responsibility to take good care of pets and know what they can handle.