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.
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!
This morning Hermes and I participated in the Boxer Walk that was headed up by Northern Plains Boxer Rescue. It was a lot of fun and there were a lot of great faces there. Hermes was the smallest of the participants, but I don't think he even noticed. He was just happy to get to hang out with good company on a really nice day. . . and so was I.
There were some wonderful girls from Globe University at the event offering free nail trims. I jumped at the opportunity to provide Hermes with a much needed "pet"-icure. Thanks, NPBR for a wonderful day!
Take a look at this beautiful girl! Her name is Minnie and she's a sweetheart. Minnie was such a wonderful model and even thanked me with kisses (ok, once it was my leg, but
hey . . . I'll take what I can get). Minnie had no problem with me taking pictures of her except when I started clicking away while she was frolicking around in the grass. I think she forgot that anyone was around, because she stopped and looked at me and I swear I heard her say, "really?" Thanks, Minnie. I love you, too. :O)
You might have noticed that Minnie is a Boxer. If you are a Boxer fan (or even a friend of a friend of a friend of a Boxer fan), you might be interested in an event that will be going on in Sioux Falls this Saturday. . . It's the Northern Plains Boxer Rescue - Boxer Walk! There will be dogs of all breeds strolling with their owners to raise money for this non-profit organization. These people work really hard to make sure that Boxers in need of good homes have a voice. You can find all the specifics by clicking on the poster. Check it out! Hermes and I hope to see you there!