Vicious, slanderous rumors about me not liking dogs had circulated last year, when I suggested that ordinary canines shouldn’t be brought to Mitchell’s, so let me make things clear.

I love dogs, especially my snuggly, athletic lab-shepherd mix Barkley. I believe each deserves the same rights we do: room to roam, ability to socialize, a nice congratulatory back pat on a job well done.

Those niceties and more will be offered at the WAG! Festival to be held on Saturday, August 25, at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.