People and dogs visit booth at festival
Volunteers from Capital Humane Society, visit the Orscheln Farm & Home table at the Tails ‘n Trails festival on Sept. 26. Photo by Sarah Merza/NNS.

There are many festivals this fall season, but few revolve around man’s best friend, dogs.

Dog-lovers came together Sept. 26 to enjoy an afternoon at Junto Winery for the annual Tails ‘n Trails event, hosted by the Capital Humane Society. This event featured a festival and pet walk.

According to Emily Offner, director of development at the Capital Humane Society, more than 100 people and their families registered for the event. The Capital Humane Society raised $20,000 from the Tails ‘n Trails event.

“What we are doing out here is raising money for our programs, our low-cost spay and neuter, and TNR which is Trap, Neuter, Release,” Offner said.

Logan and Matt Lawrence of Lincoln attended the event with their two mini Australian Shepherds.

“We adopted our cat from the Capital Humane Society, so we’re on their email list,” Logan Lawrence said. “We just like to come around whenever there is an event they’re hosting.”

The festival included a “Flea-less” Market, live music from Steady Wells and food trucks. Dogs could also participate in the fun with games such as bobbing for tennis balls.

Vendors included businesses such as Beer Paws, Arnie’s Pet Food Store and more. There were also other community organizations such as Domesti-PUPS.

Having a booth at the festival was a way for businesses to promote themselves to the community.

“We just opened a brand new building in Seward, Nebraska, so we wanted to get out and let everyone know we were here,” said Evan Crouch of Orscheln Farm & Home, a vendor at the festival.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab also hosted a booth at the festival in order to recruit participants for their studies.

“A study we have in the works is seeing how interacting with a dog may affect how we feel, and how we think and such,” said Billy Lim, a graduate student with the lab.

The festival and pet walk was historically held at the Fallbrook Town Center in Lincoln. According to Offner, they moved to Junto Winery to have more room. There is a 5K hike trail that goes through Junto’s Winery that participants could walk their dogs along.

“We would like to thank our volunteers, staff, the community, and everyone who came out to Junto for this event. They made it a success and we couldn’t have done it without them,” Offner said.

The Capital Humane Society will also host its Woof-Tacular Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 23, at the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center.

Journalism and Advertising/Public Relations double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating Dec 2021