UNION — Looking for an outing to which you can take the family and the family pet?
Union County 4-H has the perfect event — Pet Pals Day.
The next Countywide 4-H Club meeting will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Clemson Extension Office Meeting Room, and pets will have their time in the spotlight.
“They are encouraged to bring any pet they may have from chickens to cats, dogs, guinea pigs, goats, horses, cows, rabbits, birds, turtles, lizards, even goldfish!” said Union County 4-H agent Anne Brock. “They can dress them up and show them off, or just bring them as they are. I would suggest that they be leashed or in their cage to keep them safe from the other pets.”
Those who are unable to bring their pets with them are encouraged to bring pictures or make posters with plenty of pictures to share with the group.
Each participant will have an opportunity to stand up and introduce pets. Sample presentations with fill-in-the-blank questions are available at the Clemson Extension Office for presenters to use as optional guidelines for their presentations.
Brock said everyone who participates in giving a pet presentation — whether with a live pet or with a poster — will receive a prize. This presentation will also meet 4-H members’ requirement for giving a presentation before the club for the year.
Brock also said the program is pleased that local veterinary technician Annie Whitehead will be on hand at the event to instruct participants about caring for their animals, especially during the upcoming hot summer weather and in regard to the pesky insects which accompany it.
The event will conclude with a 4-H pet parade and the election of club officers.
Anyone with questions may contact the Union County 4-H office by calling (864) 427-6259, ext. 113.
Staff Writer Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 29, or by email at email@example.com.