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Doggin’ it at the Black Walnut Festival

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Ace dragged me down to Bethania’s annual Black Walnut Festival over the weekend, but I don’t think the nuts were the reason he was pulling so hard on the leash.

More likely it was the smell of barbecue that had been wafting up the street since the night before.

blackwalnutfestival 046On the two block walk to Bethania’s Visitor Center, he exhibited more determination in his stride than usual. Once we got there — nowhere near quickly enough for him — he got his reward.

We both ate well, him especially.

In addition to getting half of my barbecue and half of my cole slaw (but none of my macaroni and cheese), Ace worked his magic to get frequent hand-outs from the crowd of festival goers — everything from Moravian sugar cake, to slow-cooked pork and beef, to hamburger buns, four of the latter from one table alone.

He got to meet a few dogs, including Roxy, shown above, who is the mascot for Pooch Couture, one of the vendors on hand for the festival.

Wearing sunglasses and a tutu, Roxy immediately attracted Ace’s interest.

blackwalnutfestival 051So did a poodle, at least until Ace realized she was made of wood — one of many arts and crafts on display.

Walking through the crowd, his eyes would latch on to anyone carrying a plate. Every time someone stopped me to ask what breed or breeds he was, he’d get tired of hearing the explanation — it takes a while — and tug me toward the barbecue tent.

blackwalnutfestival 058Bethania, the second oldest Moravian settlement in North Carolina, holds the Black Walnut Festival every fall.

Based on the amount of food and attention he got, I’m sure Ace will want to go back next year.


Comment from TOS
Time September 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

That looks like such a fun time! Did you get a pair of sunglasses for Ace? Roxy sure looks cute in them.

Comment from vida
Time October 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

That looks like a lovely day!

Comment from Miss Jan
Time October 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have six huge old black walnut trees on my farm in Oregon. One thing my vet warned me about was some dogs like to put their mouths on the green-husked nuts when they begin to fall off the trees in autumn. The husks esp. when they start turning black have a spore of some kind that is poisonous to dogs. Dogs sometimes think, oh wow a whole yard full of small balls to play with and grab them up to do just that – and end up at the vets with neurological symptoms. If anyone has these glorious trees where your dogs might want to play with the trees’ bounty, make sure your dogs aren’t left unattended around the trees from about late August through about Halloween – longer if you aren’t able to clean up every last dropped tree gift!

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time October 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Great advice Miss Jan. Thanks.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time October 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

Seconded! Thanks for the information! There is one of those trees in the park where I walk my dog, and every Fall, she has a good ol’ time playing with (‘mouthing’) those small green nuts. Which is odd because she has zero interest in toys, especially balls. I have always assumed it’s a tactile thing with her. Because she is so small, and close to the ground (she’s a 7 year old Pom) we have to keep a close eye on her. Once she even brought one of them home in her mouth. Now I’ll redouble my efforts.
Appreciate the info.