Bow Wow Bark in the Park (Rockwell Park, Bristol, CT)

Date Of Event: September 1, 2018

Location: 243 Jacobs, St, Bristol, CT (2 hours southwest of Boston, MA and 30 minutes southwest of Hartford, CT)

Cost: Free

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

Parking: There are several parking areas with ample parking

Trail Size/Difficulty: over 100 acres/easy

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Website: Bow Wow Bark In The Park (Facebook Page)

Highlights: dog friendly events, dog agility course, vendors, “pitty march”, costume contest


Everyone had a howling good time at the third annual Bow Wow Bark In The Park festival September 1 at Rockwell Park.

The festival included vendors selling all sorts of wares such as this vendor who makes home made wreaths.


There was also a kissing booth and a stand-in for your pooch to stick his or her head out of.  Our dog Holly wasn’t impressed by it.

There was an agility course at the park for dogs to test their balance and jumping skills.  Most dogs just looked at the bars and obstacles and walked around them.  But some dogs were able to successfully manage the course.  The best part may be watching the parents smile, encourage their pets and take photos as they crossed the obstacles.




One of the biggest events at the festival is the “pitty march”.  But, all dogs are invited to march.  Not just pit bulls.

Of course, there were many cute dogs to photograph at the event.  I was able to photograph quite a few of them and some other visitors at the festival.


Echo is a 13 year old Italian Greyhound.  Love his bandanna!


Sophia, a 3 and a half year old “Shorkie” (Shitzu Yorkie).  But, she is no normal Shorkie.  She is also a seizure service dog.


You may not notice it, but Phoenix, a 4 year old Border and Australian Cattle dog, has 3 legs.  But, he’s all smiles and beautiful anyways!


Boeheim, named after Jim Boeheim (the coach of the Syracuse college basketball team), is a 5 month old Cavalier King Charles and Poodle mixed breed (Cavapoo).  He is standing next to the sign for his mom’s store, Pink Pineapple Boutique.


Winnie is a 10 week old Golden Retriever.


Dahlia, a 3 year old Staffordshire Terrier, was dressed up for the costume contest.


Maggie is a 4 and a half year old Landseer Newfoundland dog.

But, there weren’t just dogs at this event.  These very brave cats also made it out to Rockwell Park.


Lagertha (named after a character from the show Vikings) is a 2 and a half year old Chestnut Oriental Short Hair.


I think I got too close to Daisy, a 3 or 4 year old cat.



Storm is a 2 week old kitten.

Below is a video of a dog successfully completing the seesaw agility obstacle, with a little help from some friends.



About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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