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Woofstock 2016: People, pooches try to beat the heat at annual dog festival

Toronto dog lovers and their furry companions were out in full force on Saturday at Woodbine Park for the city's annual celebration of man's best friend.

Dogs and dog lovers brace blistering sun to socialize, shop and compete at Woodbine Park

Dogs and their owners gathered at Woodbine Park on Saturday for the annual Woofstock festival. (Muriel Draaisma/CBC)

Toronto dog lovers and their furry companions were out in full force on Saturday at Woodbine Park for the city's annual celebration of man's best friend.

Woofstock, dubbed "the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America," features games, pet supplies vendors hocking their wares, contests, and of course, plenty of pooches.

A proud owner poses with her pup. (CBC)

The dogs competed in a variety of contests.

A child looks on delight as a Woofstock dog manoeuvres a scooter. ( Muriel Draaisma/CBC)

Many were dressed up in costumes, like a canine Comic Con.

This little dachshund was ready to hit the ice. (CBC)

Kellie Casquilhlo's dog Luna didn't win the costume prize for her Starbucks Latte outfit, but her owner didn't mind. 

"It's just a nice day and you get to do things with your dog," she said. 

Kellie Casquilhlo holds up Luna, who is dressed as a Starbucks latte. (CBC)

Matt Raynier brought his French bulldog, Tofu, to Woofstock this year. The pup has its own Instagram account, @tofuthefrenchbulldog, with 24,000 followers.

Matt Raynier with Tofu, an internet-famous French bulldog. (Muriel Draaisma/CBC)

The heat was an issue for the fur-covered attendees, hitting 36 C with the humidity.

"We're a bit concerned about the heat, and Tofu has almost reached his limit, but we're enjoying ourselves," Raynier said.

Many tongues were hanging from doggie mouths as the sun blazed on Saturday. (CBC)

This doggie had a little cap to keep the sun out of its eyes. (CBC)

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