183 dogs washed, 97 groomed at Yukon pet benefit

Lines form early at 12th annual humane society event; $8K raised

Yukon volleyball players Victoria Jacobs, Bri Stogsdill and Katie Schwarz dry off Romeo, an eight-year-old Parti Yorkie. Romeo’s owner if Sharessia Scales of Bridge Creek. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Long lines formed early at Yukon’s annual “dog carnival,” where local pooches of all variety were pampered as their owners shopped.

Pets & People’s 12th annual “Pawsitively Pampered Dog Wash, Grooming & Vendor Event” last Sunday, Sept. 11 filled the parking lot outside YNB Parkway, 1550 Garth Brooks Blvd.


“We washed 183 dogs, trimmed 199 nails, did 97 grooms, and 17 glands,” event co-chair Peggy Nichols said. “We were a little lower on the number of dog washes, but up on some of the other items.”

The Canadian County humane society’s 2021 benefit set a record with 203 dogs washed after 187 were washed in ’20.

Each year, volunteers wash the dogs safely in enclosed 12 foot-by-12 foot kennels with secured gates.

“We have a whole lot more volunteers this year; I’m trying to keep them busy,” Nichols said.

In all, 148 people came out to volunteer last Sunday.

Eight professional dog groomers brought their grooming tables and equipment to provide their services.

About $8,000 was raised at this annual dog wash and grooming event to benefit Pets & People, which operates a no-kill animal rescue and adoption center in eastern Canadian County.

The non-profit humane society has saved about 57,000 dogs and cats since 1992.

Yukon’s Kelsey Byrne holds Bear while the six-year-old Pomeranian is on the grooming table. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Winston, a 1-1/2-year-old Golden Doodle, is feeling great after being cleaned. Winston’s owner is Brandon Nicholson of Okarche. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Jake from State Farm, a three-year-old Chiweenie, gets lathered up by event co-chair Peggy Nichols. Jake’s owner is Shari Ostroff of Yukon. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Muleta, a Belgium Malinois, listens to commands from Chase Flores during a dog obedience demonstration. They are with Sit Means Sit dog training, one of the 40 participating vendors. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Pets & People event co-chairs Peggy Nichols (left) and Stacey Sprague. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)


After rains Saturday night, the skies cleared to provide an ideal, comfortable setting for Sunday’s dog wash and vendor fair.

“I was really surprised this morning after thinking we were going to be slow,” Nichols shared. “We had the first dog show up at 9:30 a.m. and about 10 dogs came right after.

“Everybody’s been very patient. We were a little short-handed with groomers, but everybody’s been really great. It’s a beautiful day.”

The dog wash and grooming didn’t officially start until 10 a.m.

“We’ve never been this busy, this early,” event co-chair Stacey Sprague said. “Usually, the crowd shows up around lunchtime.

“We’re a well-known event now.”

Meanwhile, about 40 vendors rented booth space in the bank parking lot to sell a wide array of products – dog accessories, jewelry, kitchenware, make-up, holiday gifts, and much more.

Five food trucks were on-site to nourish attendees and participants.

With the dog wash’s popularity, the event co-chairs were asked if they’d ever consider moving to a larger place.

“Oh no, YNB Parkway has been awesome for us …and so has the Fairfield Inn,” Nichols quickly replied. “I love this location.”

It’s just south of Interstate 40 along the busy Garth Brooks Boulevard retail corridor.

Pets & People is seeking more people to foster and adopt homeless animals in its care. Learn more at http://www.petsandpeople.com

Bubba, a 2-1/2-year-old Boxer, has earned a good cleaning. Bubba’s owner is James Stenhouse of Oklahoma City. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Professional groomers work on Daphne, a four-year-old Pembo Welsh Corgi. Daphne’s owner is Chelsea Blasius of Oklahoma City. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Yukon’s Shawn Grant watches as Remi, his 10-year-old Golden Doodle, is professionally groomed. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Gizmo, a seven-year-old Teacup Yorkie, was one of the tiniest dogs washed. Gizmo’s owner is Charlie Skinner of Yukon. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Coraline Hedrick, 4, has her face painted with a rainbow in a vendor booth at the dog wash and grooming event. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)