Winnipeg Dog Fest gets tails wagging at Kilcona Park

The inaugural Winnipeg Dog Fest took place in Kilcona Park Saturday.

Hotdogs at 'Bone-Appetit' Bistro dubbed Oscar Weimaraner Wieners

The first Winnipeg Dog Fest took place at Kilcona Park Saturday. (CBC)

Pupperoni pizza, anyone? Dog's breakfast sausages, perhaps? 

Featured dishes at Bone-Appetit Bistro. (Bouchra Ouatik/CBC)
​Bone-appetit, the city's first 'paw-pup' restaurant for dogs and their humans, went up Saturday at a new event in the city.

The inaugural Winnipeg Dog Fest took place in Kilcona Park.

Among the activities were Superdog demonstrations, a dog-themed treasure hunt and Manitoba's mobile vet clinic was there microchipping dogs and doing heart worm tests. 

Organized by the Kilcona Park Dog Club, it was the club's first major fundraising event of the year. 

North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty presented Kilcona Park Dog Club president Donna Henry with a cheque for park improvements. (Bouchra Ouatik/CBC)
North-Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty presented club president Donna Henry with a cheque for just over $20,000. 

The funds pay for park improvements such as benches and wheelchair accessible picnic tables.

But the club is also starting to fundraise for new projects, ranging from a drinking water fountain and a dog wash station to a splash pad. 

Kilcona Park during the Winnipeg Dog Fest (Bouchra Ouatik/CBC)
Henry said the Dog Fest is to "celebrate everything dog," but it's also to raise the $100,000 needed to pay for those projects. 

It was also to promote a new organization to see dog-friendly candidates elected to city hall in the municipal election this fall. 

Browaty said dog owners in the city are making their views known, but at the same time, they are regular people who use parks. 

"Whether you have dogs or not, this is an amenity that the city of Winnipeg provides," he said. "People who have dogs are also taxpayers and the people who use parks are paying for these amenities."

Browaty said he was impressed with the turn-out. 

"It's quite a community that have come together here," he said. "It's the largest dog park in area, but I also think it's the largest in terms of the community spirit that comes out here. You can come by this park 365 days a year, middle of winter, minus 40, there's people walking their dogs."