It's the event of the year according to the dogs in Sioux Falls (well, if they could talk that is). The Sioux Falls Swimming Gone to the Dogs event marks the end of summer with two paws up. Last night was packed and it was tough to see dogs from my level through all the human legs, but I managed to get a few images that will hopefully make the owners smile.
This was my favorite image of the night. It says everything about why I love my job.
Our pets are part of who we are.
Moments captured between people and their pets results in images that tell a part of their story; a part of who they are. Being able to share in this documentation, whether it be from a session or a city event, makes my day every. single. time.
Judging by my wet clothes, this year's dog swim had a record number of dog paddlers. Some of the dogs were in their glory and others were a little intimidated (and I don't blame them) - that'a a lot of splashing when you are down at splashing level with 4 paws per splash!
Because of the enthusiasm of the furry attendees, there was a little less in the way of story-telling images this year, but I was able to capture these single frame "short stories" if you will. (I live for this stuff). ;O)
Then there was Charlie. She wins the title of "most improved" from one dog swim to the next. Last year her human was trying to teach her to fetch in the water. She was a little hesitant.
This year was a different story. Charlie, you've got style.
You can see more images from this year's swim on the Events page (and even more on our Facebook page).
This year marked the 10th anniversary for the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Sioux Falls. There was great fun for the whole family including a kid's zone, tons of food, great music and dancing, hoola-hooping by young and old alike, and the 3rd Annual Chihuahua Fashion Show. It all took place this past weekend at Falls Park.
We saw some new faces in the fashion show this year along with some familiar ones that have become crowd favorites.
If you were at the fiesta and were able to see the show then you might recognize some of the contestants from past years. If you weren't able to join in the fun then we hope you'll enjoy the pictures from it. Take a look at the Events page to see this year's participants as well as past shows and events and we hope to see you at next year's celebration!
Do you have a chihuahua who likes to dress up? This is my 3rd year photographing the Chihuahua Fashion Show at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Falls Park. This is always a fun time for both those who are in the fashion show and those who are watching... and I have to say it's a blast for me, too. There are so many fun personalities on that stage each year!
There are 6 different categories in which each participant can enter. Every dog receives a gift bag with lots of fun goodies donated by local pet businesses such as Woofs & Waves, Pawsatively Sweet, DooGooders, Mini Critters Sioux Falls, Shop Dog Boutique, and Wags N' Whiskers. This year there will also be gift certificates to Wacko's Comedy Club and area restaurants given as grand prizes in each category!
The Fiesta is on May 13th at Falls Park with the fashion show starting at 2pm. Carl V. Carlson Company and Cemcast are sponsoring the show again this year and along with them I hope to see you there!
For more information about the show and how to sign up visit:
www.cincofiesta.com or contact Jen Rothenbuehler at 605.360.2457 or email@example.com.
My kids are grown so hanging out at the pool is not something that you'll find written in my calendar. But, the end of summer brings one of my favorite events in Sioux Falls . . . Gone to the Dogs Dog Swim!
Before the city closes the pool at Laurel Oaks and Terrace Park, they open it up to our four legged friends. OMGosh, the dogs, the puppies, the families watching from the side. If you decide to take your dog or just go to watch, I guarantee that you will have sore cheeks the next day from smiling so much.
There are diving dogs, wading dogs, floating dogs with life jackets, and dogs who strut their stuff just by prancing around the pool never even getting in the water.
Last September I told you a story of a dog learning to trust her owner as she coaxed her off the edge and into the water. It was SOOOO cute! (They were at this swim and that dog was swimming! . . . No doubt inspired by Michael Phelps. ) This time I have to show you a little girl (I found out her name is Winnie) who was practicing her diving finesse. She was only that much more adorable when I realized that the water level wasn't exactly as one might have expected. ;O)
Yay, Winnie! Good job! :O)
To see all the pictures (well, not all 1018 images; did I mention how fun this event is? ) go to the
(You can see more images from the swim on the Facebook page.)
If you missed the dog swim at Laurel Oaks you should clear your calendar for Sept 7th. It takes place at Terrace Park from 5:30-7pm. Hope to see you there!
They came from all over the area and they were ready to strut their stuff! The 2nd Annual Chihuahua Fashion show was a success and there were so many great contestants! I enjoyed seeing some returning faces from last year and it was great meeting so many more. Hope you had as much fun as these guys did.
(Click on the image below to see all of the wonderful faces in the show.)
It was a great night for a swim! I got to Terrace Park around 5:20 and they were already lining up. Dogs and owners were everywhere and they just kept coming. I would love to know the count (so I'll probably start googling soon). ;O) When they opened the gate I swear the happiness was audible. Every dog had a spring in their step and they trotted in with their owner as fast as they could without bolting into a full out run.
Some of the dogs knew exactly what the pool was for and jumped straight in. There were divers in the deep end retrieving tennis balls and sticks and there were others that I swear were just there to see who could make the biggest splash. HA! (A certain relative just came to mind, huh.) :O)
There were little dogs and big dogs alike all running around the kiddie pool splashing like crazy, and as I was taking pictures I would feel a wet nose every once in a while nudging me gently (or not so gently) in greeting. By the time I left it looked like I had wet my pants . . . and, let me tell you, I wore those pants proudly.
The diving dogs needed assistance getting out of the pool and everyone was happy to help.
Likewise, if there were stray balls laying around, some of the dogs were more than willing to do their part (even if they already had one or two in their mouth).
This border collie was obviously going to learn all about what fun can be had at the pool. Mom was trying to coax her into the pool and she pawed and pawed at the water trying to reach her.
Mom was very patient and just kept encouraging her collie. After a bit, the collie's sheepdog sibling (who was not quite as patient as mom) went over and tried to get her to jump in. Of course the collie was having none of that because you know her sibling was calling her a chicken of sorts. Well, dad got the sheepdog to come back and sit by mom as they all encouraged the collie again. This time it didn't take long and she was in the water.
I was grinning from ear to ear. Anyone who happened to be watching this was oh so proud. ;O)
It was the best end to summer that anyone could possibly ask for. Running, smiling, splashing, jumping . . . Oh, and all the chaos and fun didn't stop those who are into the more relaxing aspects of a pool; they seemed to enjoy their evening just as much as the next dog. A good time truly was had by all.
You can find more images from the dog swim in the Events Gallery.
The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society had their annual Bark in the Park fundraiser this morning and I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all! I was there manning the Dogs on Deployment table, but that didn't stop me from taking pictures of every dog that came by to say hello.
Take a look at these smiling faces! They were everywhere! :O)
Those who participated with their pooches in the Cinco de Mayo fashion show at Falls Park on Saturday have probably seen the pictures on our Facebook fan page. But for those who didn't make it to the show I've made a little slideshow with a few of the photos so you can feel like you were there, too . . . (sort of). ;O)
It was one of the largest and best of it's kind on Sunday. There were so many smiling, happy faces! Dogs were everywhere . . . running, jumping, playing ball, playing chase, participating in contests and drinking (water of course) like there was no tomorrow. They were all there for Woofstock 2014. I don't think I stopped smiling until I pulled into my garage. Once I started going through the photos, I was smiling all over again. What a happy, happy place!
Here are a few highlights from the day.
The Oglala Pet Project (OPP) Sit, Stay, Sip fundraiser was a big success! There were lots of people, lots of food, lots of beer and wine, and lots of silent auction packages. There were two little pups at the event, meeting and greeting people as they arrived. They did their best to show how cute and lovable they are for as long as they could hold their eyes open. (Events like this can be exhausting for a young pup). I'm pretty sure that one little girl found her new family last night and as for the other . . . well, lets just say his picture is on every cell phone at the event. I don't think he will be staying with his foster family for very much longer.
If you are free on Saturday, you might consider coming out to 8th and Railroad for a beer and wine tasting event. This isn't just any wine tasting though . . . your entrance fee is a donation to the Oglala Pet Project (OPP). OPP is a non-profit organization who exists to help pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There will be beer and wine sampling, light appetizers, a HUGE silent auction, pets available for adoption and more!
You can purchase discounted tickets before the event through PayPal or in person at Shop Dog Boutique (57th & Western at The Bridges). If you haven't been to Shop Dog, stop in and look around. They love to meet new furry friends, so be sure and bring your pup inside. Ellyn and her Doodle, Etta have a wonderful shop and they are never short on friendly talk and warm smiles.
Here's a link to OPP's facebook page with all the info on the Sit, Stay, Sip event and a sneak preview of the auction. Hope to see you there!
The festival theme this weekend was "Oktoberfest." There were performances and entertainment that you might expect at Oktoberfest, such as a keg throwing contest, beard contest, beer tasting, and polka dancing. But, for all you wiener dog fans there was a Dachshund Race, too, and it was right there on the jousting track. Those dogs were in their glory. Huzzah!