Susquehanna Service Dogs Launches New PawsAbilities Website

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PawsAbilities, Susquehanna Services Dogs' annual community event for dogs and dog lovers, has a new website, ! Completely redesigned, the website features all the information guests will need to have a tail-wagging good time. PawsAbilities takes place March 14-15 at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA and benefits the Susquehanna Service Dogs, which breeds, raises and trains service dogs to help individuals lead more independent lives.

PawsAbilities, Susquehanna Service Dogs' annual celebration of canines and the way they enrich people's lives, now has its own website, Completely redesigned, the website contains the information guests need to plan their weekend of fur and fun, including activities, volunteer opportunities, vendor and sponsor information, directions, lodging, tickets and the PawsBlog.

PawsAbilities 2009 will be held on March 14-15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. Throughout the weekend, both two-legged and four-legged guests can compete in the Dog Olympics - a series of games based on the skills service dogs need to be successful partners - Agility Try-Outs, a costume contest and a parade. Dogs can try their paws at the extreme canine sport of dock jumping with the Keystone DockDogs or test their obedience in the APDT-sanctioned Rally Obedience trials.

Among the weekend's featured presenters will be animal trainer and author Bill Berloni. Berloni will be signing his latest book, Broadway Tails, and talking about his experiences training animals for theater, film and television. The animals he has trained have appeared in the Broadway productions of Annie and the recent movie Charlie Wilson's War, among many others. Joining Berloni will be Chico, the Chihuahua star from Broadway's Legally Blonde The Musical.

The Canine Marketplace features vendors with everything from homemade dog treats to information about humane societies. Information about becoming a vendor for PawsAbilities 2009 is available on

There are still sponsorship opportunities available. All sponsors will receive recognition and benefits, which may include recognition on the new website, an ad in the event program, signage at the event, free admissions or exhibit and display space. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring PawsAbilities should visit

Last year, over 4,000 people and 2,000 dogs attended PawsAbilities.

Now in its 13th year, PawsAbilities benefits the invaluable work of Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD). Accredited by Assistance Dogs International, SSD unites people and service dogs to enable individuals to live full, independent lives in their community. Currently, SSD has placed service dog teams in 23 counties in Pennsylvania.

For more information about Susquehanna Service Dogs, visit

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