SCOTTS VALLEY — Genete Bowen, now blind, was standing in the middle of the grass at Skypark Soccer Field with her guide dog, explaining just how special he was.
“Can you imagine walking across the street while trusting that your dog will not let you get hit by a car?” she said.
Bowen explained why she can trust her dog so well to dozens of interested dog lovers Saturday at the annual Woof to Woof event at the Skypark Soccer Fields, a day to learn about dogs, show off your dog, meet other dog lovers and mostly have a good time.
“It’s a little bit of science and a little bit of magic,” she said. “The schools are really, really good it.”
Joe Raley of Boulder Creek was walking his little dog Frodo around and learning a lot about the various services offered to pet owners. He was particularly interested in the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue organization, which specializes in rescuing older dogs and dogs of older people.
“I specifically wanted a middle-aged dog,” Raley said. “But I think less people are willing to adopt.”
Dan Festa, who came with Raley to the event, said he was impressed by what he had learned. He had noticed several new boarding places had opened and had booths, and he found out that the Home Depot in Soquel allows dogs.
“That’s really great to know,” he said.
It was the 10th year for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Vista Center and Visually Impaired which serves people living in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, who are threatened by loss of independence due to moderate or severe vision impairment.