Tel Aviv fetes four-legged friends with dog day afternoon
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Tel Aviv fetes four-legged friends with dog day afternoon

‘Kelaviv,’ the city’s annual Dog Day event, draws hundreds, featuring designer shampoos, health foods and more

Luke Tress is a video journalist and tech reporter for the Times of Israel

Israelis flocked to Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua Park on Saturday for the city’s second annual canine celebration, called “Kelaviv.”

A steady stream of dogs and owners filed down a long pink carpet alongside the Yarkon River at the entrance to the event, where they were presented with an array of lavish canine products and services.

Booths set up around the perimeter hawked environmentally friendly dog food, vitamins, fitness programs, canine spa visits and Dead Sea dog shampoos.

There were rustic wooden dog beds for sale and aisles of toys and snacks.

Photographers took portraits of families posing with their mutts and an artist sold framed sketches of people’s pets.

Attendees congregated on blankets under a tent at the center of the event to listen live music, snack and socialize.

The event coincided with the US’s National Dog Day, which was founded in 2004 to celebrate canines and encourage adoption.

An “Adoption Street” near the entrance to Saturday’s festivities advertised for dogs in area shelters alongside puppies in need of care.

Tel Aviv prides itself on being a dog-friendly city, with dozens of dog parks scattered throughout the municipality, several dog beaches, and an estimated 30,000 four-legged residents.

“Kelaviv” is a combination of the Hebrew word for dog, kelev, and Tel Aviv. The event was organized by the Tel Aviv municipality.

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