Dogs may not understand the rules of baseball, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy going to a game every now and then.
Shelby Perez, of Topeka, submitted her 1-year-old Australian Yorkie mix, Roo, for the Dog of the Year category.
“Roo is a very cute dog who gets almost everything he wants because he is my best friend and has really cute puppy dog eyes,” Perez said. “Roo was lucky enough to attend Bark in the Park at Kauffman Stadium this year with his best friend, Roxie, a yorkiepoo.”
Perez said Roo arrived at this game dressed up in his blue jersey and was ready to smell all of the smells when he got there.
“Once we got through the gate, there were so many other dogs,” Perez said. “He met many other dogs before the game, got several snacks and took pictures by the field.”
Perez said she could tell Roo was having a great time at the K because of his smile.
“Roo had no idea there was a baseball game happening; he was too focused on the lady with nachos behind us,” she said. “He snacked on treats and barked at loose peanut shells that he couldn’t reach. Once I saw Sluggerrr we ran towards him, but Roo had his doubts about the kitty attending the dog game.
“Roo had the greatest day ever. He slept the whole way home, snuggling with Roxie.”
Sounds like you guys had a wonderful day at the ballpark!
To submit your pet for the Critter of the Year contest, send an email to email@example.com with your animal’s name, breed (or species), photo and a good story about it. Don’t forget your own name and city of residence! There are three categories in the contest: Dog of the Year, Cat of the Year and a Miscellaneous category.
TEEN CATCHES 6-POUND BASS IN COFFEY COUNTY: Fourteen-year-old Brogan Scott, of Topeka, hauled in a huge bass while fishing in a Coffey County farm pond Sept. 3 with his grandparents.
Brogan hauled in a 6-pound largemouth bass totaling 15 inches in length, according to his grandmother, Kay Scott, also of Topeka.
“I didn’t expect this to happen today!” Brogan exclaimed after catching the lunker.
Great catch, Brogan!
BUTTERFLY EVENT SCHEDULED: The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host its Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 in Great Bend.
Admission is free and open to the public, and the event will include three 30-minute puppet shows by the Fishin’ Magicians, Steve Craig and Amy Short, at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.
“We’re excited to have Steve Craig and Amy Short present their unique brand of humor and magic during the festival this year,” said Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager, in a news release.
Visitors can grab a net and tags to help capture and tag butterflies, and participants will receive info about the tagging process. They will then head out with a tagging leader to search for monarch butterflies. According to the release, 13 tagged monarchs from KWEC have been recovered over the past two years from winter roosts in Mexico.
Kids can make a seed bomb filled with soil and native flower seeds, along with several other activities. An exhibit beehive also is set to be on display in the insect zoo, weather permitting, in addition to giant walking stick insects, hissing and peppered cockroaches, butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises.
Door prizes will be presented at noon, along with free milkweed plants (one per family). Information on butterfly-friendly plants also will be available, and light refreshments and drinks will be provided.
For more information, contact the KWEC at 1 (877) 243-9268 or visit wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu.
JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA TO SEE WORK DONE THIS WATERFOWL SEASON: Gamekeeper Marsh and Gun Club Marsh at Jamestown Wildlife Area will both be temporarily drained and kept dry for upcoming enhancement projects, according to a release from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Construction crews will build a division berm in Gamekeeper Marsh and raise Gamekeeper Dam by 18 inches to accommodate the increased sediment load the marsh has been taking on for several decades. The berm construction and dam increase will allow area managers to flood a larger area and better control water elevations, to manage for optimum moist soil production and increased hunting opportunities.
This could affect hunters hoping to use the area, and the KDWPT suggests going to the south end of the property throughout the waterfowl season. For more information, contact the Jamestown Wildlife Area staff at (785) 439-6243.
“These areas have excellent moist soil food production and teal are now using them,” said Matt Farmer, Public Lands manager for Jamestown, in the release. “We just ask that the public be mindful of the tighter spaces this season, and we appreciate their patience while we make improvements to the wildlife area.”