Dogs arrived in droves for Friday’s community dog walk at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

Dogs arrived in droves for Friday’s community dog walk at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

Paws in the Park, an Avedis Foundation Health Week event designed to promote wellness among people and canine companions, included a two-mile walk, demonstrations and vendors.

John Ayers, an organizer for the animal affair, noted dogs of all breeds and sizes participated.

“There’s no two alike,” he said.

Holly Gordon was there with her rescue puppy, Fiona. Prepping for the two-mile trek, Fiona drank from a dog kiddie pool and rolled over for a belly rub when people approached.

“Yeah, she’s real shy,” Gordon joked.

Elizabeth Maupin, of Moore, attended as vendor Zee and Zeus, a maker of homemade dog treats.

“All the dogs, their noses bring them this way… that’s the most important customer,” Maupin said.

Khara Criswell, head trainer at The Doggie Spot, detailed the purpose of the event.

“A lot of people have pets. Sometimes just getting out and walking with them gives people a change of attitude,” she explained, adding dog walking can help decrease stress.

As paws and feet readied to walk the trail, Criswell offered gratitude.

“I’d like to thank the Avedis Foundation for sponsoring this and giving you your goodie bags,” she said.

Following a rallying speech, pet parents and wagging tails set off on a path peppered with water bowls.