Some dog sports events going on locally in November.
Agility is a fast-paced sport in which a dog, under the direction of its human handler, must negotiate a course of obstacles that might include jumps, tunnels, see saws, weave poles, tire jumps and ramps, for time and accuracy. There are many venues for agility, including CPE, AKC and NADAC.
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North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) RuFF Agility Trial. 7 a.m. Nov. 16, 17. Hodge Arena, 2543 Pinckard Pike, Versailles. The facility is not heated or cooled. Dress accordingly.
See all different breeds of dogs competing in agility, even mixed breeds. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free. Volunteer to help and learn more about agility.
To learn more about NADAC and how you can get involved with your dog in agility, go to Nadac.com.
Herding tests and trials test the instincts of herding breeds and give them a chance to hone their herding skills.
Central Kentucky Herding Group and Club AKC Herding Tests and Trials. 6:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16, 17. Fair Wether Farm, 1011 Curry Place Dr., Versailles.
There will be separate classes for herding sheep and ducks as well as several different breeds competing: border collies, shelties, corgis, Australian shepherds and standard schnauzers, to name a few. Spectators are welcome to bring their dogs. All dogs must be kept on leash and away from fences where dogs are working. Spectators should bring chairs and something for shade if it's a sunny day as there are no trees to park under.
To learn more about herding, go to Classic.akc.org/events/herding.
Incredipet, 306 Southland Dr., Lexington. (859) 277-9736.
■ Franklin County Humane Society Adoption Event. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 9. Several adoptable cats and kittens. Fchsanimals.org.southland.
■ Paris Animal Welfare Society Adoption Event. Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 30. Several adoptable cats and dogs. Visit the society's Facebook page.
■ Boston Terrier Rescue of East TN (KY chapter) Adoption Event. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7. Several adoptable Boston terriers. Learn more about the breed and the organization at Bostonterriertn.org.
■ Helping Hounds Find Homes Adoption Event. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 14. Several adoptable cats and kittens.
Incredipet. 4101 Tates Creek Centre, Lexington. (859) 971-7387.
■ Kentucky S.A.V.E. Adoption Event. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 8. Several adoptable cats and kittens. Kentuckysave.org.
■ Helping Hounds Find Homes Adoption Event. Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 21. Several adoptable cats and kittens. Facebook.com/HelpingHoundsFindHomesInc.
Incredipet. 3080 Richmond Rd. Lexington. (859) 266-9774.
■ The Way Home Rescue Alliance Adoption Event. Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 23. Learn about this rescue organization and adoptable dogs at Twhra.org.
Charity and volunteer
Great Gatsby Beastie Ball. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, Lexington. Annual gala and primary fundraiser for the Lexington Humane Society. Food, drinks, live and silent auctions, dancing with music by Joey and the Cruisers. Black tie and 1920s attire optional. To reserve a table or tickets, email email@example.com.
Memorial Fund for Tillie of Indian Fort.
Tillie was a border collie mix that was adopted by a family when she was 3 and lived at the base of Indian Fort Mountain in Berea. For the next 10 years, her self-assigned job was to lead visitors up the mountain to one of its many scenic overlooks. It was estimated that she made this hike as many as 10 times a day, until she died July 23 of inoperable bladder cancer.
She was so dedicated to her job that, despite obvious pain, she continued to hike in June — although at a much, much slower pace. Even after she no longer was capable of hiking, she insisted on walking to work, to her greeting post at the mountain.
A memorial fund has been established to raise $2,500 for placement of a commemorative plaque and tree at the mountain, to honor Tillie's 10 years of service. Make checks payable to: Tillie Memorial Fund; mail to Fifth Third Bank, 3061 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Ky. 40513.
Pet Portraits with Santa fundraiser. Bluegrass Barkery, Brighton Place. 3090 Helmsdale Place, Suite 230, Lexington. One hundred percent of profits will go to Wag Local initiative, which will directly benefit local rescued animals in need. Sessions: Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and 14; noon-4 p.m. Nov. 24.
Kids, cats and dogs welcome.There are four picture packages available; $30-$60. (CDs of all the images may be purchased as well).
By appointment only. Space is very limited, and a non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at the time of reservation. Call (859) 233-3647 or stop by the Brighton location to schedule a time. Bluegrassbarkery.com
Kids and dogs
Waggin Tales. 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Jessamine County Public Library, 600 S. Main St., Nicholasville. Free. (859) 885-3523. Jesspublib.org.
Paws to Read. 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Woodford County Library, 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Free. (859) 873-5191. Woodfordcountylibrary.org.