Blue Springs and Independence have both set tails wagging this month with pet-friendly events at two parks.

Blue Springs and Independence have both set tails wagging this month with pet-friendly events at two parks.

About 500 people came out May 16 for Pooches on the Parkway at Wilbur Young Park in Blue Springs. They got to act silly with events like stupid pet tricks and the “best licker” contest. And they got to browse venders selling food and dog products.

But most of all, they got to be outside with their best friends, meeting other people and their best friends.

In Independence last weekend, pets and their owners headed out to Santa Fe Park for Pets in the Park, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. As with the Blue Springs event, there were exhibits and contests, along with a pet parade and special appearances by members of the Missouri Mavericks.

Both events had a larger purpose. Pooches on the Parkway raised money to support the city’s off-leash dog park at Gregory Grounds Park. Pets in the Park brought in food donations for the Independence Animal Shelter.

A big thumbs up to both communities for welcoming responsible pet owners and giving them a day of their own.

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Another thumbs up this week to the Independence Patriotic Council for its faithful continuation of a fading tradition: honoring fallen soldiers with Memorial Day observances. While most of us will be eating hot dogs and potato salad Monday, they’ll be at Woodlawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. for a flag ceremony.

It would be nice of us to drop by.