SUWANEE -- When Patrick Gordon walked by conversations stopped. People stared, smiling, laughing, waving.
The man stepped with pride. "It feels strange," Gordon said. "I'm not used to this much attention."
Truthfully, it wasn't easy to ignore the young man with the massive bloodhound, Rufus. Man and dog stepped in time. They were like celebrities walking a red carpet at Woofstock, a pet appreciation event Saturday afternoon at Suwanee Town Center Park.
Rufus belonged to Gordon's fiance, who let her husband-to-be take the leash for a little while. "Everybody seems to want to stop and visit with Rufus," Gordon said. "It's a lot of fun."
Others also had fun at the event, which drew thousands on a mild spring day.
Scott Lenyk brought his canine, D-O-G, out for a day in the park. He said the bull mastiff, which donned strap-on sunglasses tilted slightly to the left, was having a blast.
Marty Hunter brought his German shepherd along for the fun. Hunter said Sammie enjoyed visiting with all of the little dogs, but was getting "a little freaked out" by the bigger ones.
It wasn't the big dogs, however, that freaked Hunter out.
"I keep checking the bottoms of my Nikes," the man said. "I know these doggies aren't amateurs, but I can't be too sure. I got my nice kicks on today."
Grace Conway brought a surplus of "Doggie Doo Bags" and said she would be "very disappointed" by anyone who didn't pick up after their dogs. "Everybody seems to be following the rules though," she added.
When dogs weren't walking around the park with their owners, some competed in various contests like the Air Dogs Show, the Frisbee Dog Show, the Smallest Dog Contest and other exhibitions.
The event also featured live music, food and beer.