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Tiffinay Rosendo and Athena Sanchez with adopted pets Bella and Sophie, respectively, at last yearís Furry Pet Faire in Concord. This year, the event is slated for May 31.

"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." -- Winston Churchill

If you dropped in at the Concord Senior Center in the past few days, you couldn't help but notice how spirited Dario Sanchez has been acting lately.

For those of you who don't know Dario, he's the center's recreation program aide.

He is also coordinator of the Furry Pet Faire & Maddie's Pet Adoption Day that will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday across from the senior center at 2929 Parkside Circle.

Incidentally, the event is free and open to the public.

You're probably wondering why I waited until the last day to promote the fair.

Although announcements publicizing it have been posted around town since April and the staff has been working diligently to spread the word, I'm sure there are a lot of folks who are hearing about it for the first time.

And it's primarily to those readers that this article is directed.

No plans for Saturday? Why not attend the fair? There is ample parking if you are driving, but I suggest you come early for a choice spot.

If the fair is anything like last year's -- and I hear it'll be better -- I guarantee you won't be disappointed, especially if you own a pet or are thinking of adopting one.

When I questioned what prompted the Senior Center to support the pet project, Dario replied without hesitation, "To provide a multigenerational event and to educate the community on the benefits of having a pet."


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"This year we are combining the event with Maddie's Pet Adoption Day where adoptions are free to qualified homes.

Maddie's is the single largest animal adoption event in our area."

Dario added, "The fair will include activities for the whole family focusing on the importance of pet adoption, care, training, services and importance on being a responsible pet owner."

The Contra Costa Humane Society collaborated with the senior center to produce the first Furry Pet Faire last year, and once again is working with them to ensure the continuing success of this worthy and informative adoption event.

Also returning will be the Concord K-9 Unit that proved extremely popular with the crowd.

Rumors abound that the grown-ups are as enthusiastic as the youngsters in seeing it a second time!

Back by popular demand is special guest star Patti Lee,

Bay Area's award-winning news reporter for Channel 2, who will again emcee the program.

In addition, the area's top music, news and talk show station KKDV-FM 92.1 in Walnut Creek will air live on the grounds.

We expect a few dignitaries and other notables to also make an appearance.

But you won't know who'll be there unless you come, right?

Not everyone who shows up at the fair is expected to be an animal lover.

My wife and I have had a dog around our house -- make that two or three -- ever since we married.

My mother, conversely, rarely showed interest in pets and never had one of her own. But, as the saying goes, nothing is permanent.

My mother lived alone after my father passed away.

At the time, my wife and I owned two poodles. For no explicable reason, mom took a liking to the older of our poodles which caught us by pleasant surprise. And the inevitable happened.

Mom and the poodle bonded and the two became inseparable companions until the poodle had to be put down several years later.

Yes, animals have a way with humans. Ask any pet owner!

See you at the fair. I'll be in the parking lot directing traffic.

Eizo Kobayashi is a Concord resident and a member of the Concord Senior Citizens Club. Contact him at transcript@bayareanewsgroup.com.