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Spring festival's gone to the dogs; Tufts vet students salute canine pals.

Byline: Sandy Quadros Bowles

GRAFTON - For Tufts veterinary students, fund-raising has gone to the dogs.

Students at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton have replaced the traditional auction fund-raiser with a spring festival featuring a dog show, canine washes and nail trims, and a 5K run/walk for people with or without their pooches.

The festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 at Westboro High School, 90 West Main St. The event will be part of the Westboro Spring Festival, held April 28 and 29 and sponsored by the Westboro Rotary Club.

"We think it will be a lot of fun," said Christina Buchter, a second-year veterinary student and president of the Tufts student chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

The nonprofit association serves as the umbrella organization for all veterinary-related clubs on campus. The group sponsors community service projects and social activities.

The festival will benefit the association, and the Stanley O. Travis Fund, which helps support pets whose owners cannot afford veterinary care.

Association members thought this year's fund-raiser should be a "bigger community event," said second-year veterinary student Linda Ng.

The festival also helps students promote "the Tufts name out in the community," she said.

"It's a big family day." she said.

An amateur dog show will allow dogs to enjoy the limelight as they are judged in 10 very nonofficial categories, such as waggiest tail.

"You can really showcase your pet, because everyone thinks their pet is the best," Ms. Ng said.

Dog show registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the show running from 2 to 3 p.m.

The 10K run/walk is open to all runners and walkers, with or without four-legged sidekicks. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The run/walk is set for 11 a.m. to noon. The festival will also include a police dog demonstration by the Westboro police.

Dog washes and nail trims will also be available.

"We encourage people to bring their dogs along and participate in these events," Ms. Buchter said.

"We hope it's a success and that people will have fun," Ms. Ng said.

More information about the Tufts events is available on the Web at www.tufts.edu/vet/scavma/springfestival.html. More information about the festival is available at www.spring-festival.com.

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CUTLINE: Tufts veterinary students Christina Buchter, left, and Linda Ng, pictured with her dog TIny, a Japanese chin, helped to organize pet-related activities at the Westboro Spring Festival.

PHOTOG: SANDY QUADROS BOWLES
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