Perhaps some of the best-dressed guests at the Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday were wearing fur -- despite the warm temperatures -- as they fit the theme of Dog Days of Summer.

Perhaps some of the best-dressed guests at the Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday were wearing fur -- despite the warm temperatures -- as they fit the theme of Dog Days of Summer.

The event featured talent contests and dog-trainer demonstrations, plus more than 120 street vendors that set up shop in historic Uptown Westerville Friday, Aug. 26. Among those on hand were Tiffany Murphy, from FIDO Dog Training; Steffen Baldwin with Save Them Dog Training; Sam Short with Dogs by Sam, as well as dog trainer Lauren Schneiders, with all demonstrations designed to showcase man's best friend.

Rev. Joseph G. Kovitch performed a pet blessing and many of the street vendors featured dog-related products and services.

People could even enter a photo booth with their pet to get a photo strip to mark the occasion, or get their dog checked out and vaccinated by the Rascal Unit, from Rascal Animal Hospital in Dublin.

However, not all things were dedicated to "man's best friend" that night.

Westerville resident Gail Ceneskie got plenty of attention as she walked down State Street with Alize, a 3-month-old baby skunk.

Ceneskie is the central Ohio representative for Skunkhaven, an international rescue group for skunks.

"I like to educate people on skunks," she said. "People shouldn't even be afraid of wild skunks. They will give you plenty of warning before they spray."

She said a wild skunk will stamp his front feet and throw his tail up in warning when disturbed, then paw the ground, hoping to scare you away. If people calmly retreat, they can avoid getting sprayed.

Continue to disturb a skunk, however, and you're a target as according to the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, an adult skunk can hit a target 15 feet away with "extreme accuracy."

She said her skunks are from reputable breeders, who remove the glands that the animals use as defensive weapons.

Ceneskie invited the public to attend the 15th annual Skunkfest, in South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio.

All domesticated skunk owners are welcome, although you don't have to be a skunk owner to attend the festival, held rain or shine.

Westerville school staffers and students also took the opportunity of Fourth Friday to help a charitable cause.

Walnut Springs Middle School set up a dunk tank to raise money for Pelotonia.

Teacher Jillian Faulhaber was in the hot spot in the dunk tank, while Principal Becca Yanni wore a ball cap and handed out the baseballs.

Cherrington Elementary School student Lucy Hulett and Central College Elementary School student Carrah Lee -- their faces painted in colorful designs -- were successful in dunking Faulhaber twice.

They were all smiles and fist-bumps when the teacher went down for the second time.

"We will be collecting for Pelotonia until October," Yanni said.

Yanni and Faulhaber, along with Kristin Koebel, Kelly Ferguson and Jill Shaffer, rode for Pelotonia earlier this month, raising more than $6,000, and are still raising funds for cancer research.

Entertainment on Fourth Friday included Avalon Nine, performing on the AAA Ohio Auto Club Music stage, and the Academy Irish Dance Co. and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

Mount Carmel Ann's 4th Fridays are sponsored by the Westerville Visitor's Bureau, the city of Westerville and the AAA Ohio Auto Club.

@PamelaThisWeek