June 14, 2012 at 02:51pm
The heat was intense, the humidity swampy, yet pet owners and pet-related businesses carried on without missing a beat this past weekend. Whiskers To Tails Petsitting took part in two events that went on in spite of the sultry temps.
Saturday's event--Wayzata Woofstock--featured a pet parade with nearly 100 pets and proud pet owners participating. Despite 90+ degrees, dogs large and small paraded across the hot parking lot toward the judges' area, got their pictures taken and competed for a number of awards. Pets did tricks, danced, howled and pursued rubber ducks underwater.
It was great fun enhanced by the Teddy Bear Band performing songs with a pet theme.
Throughout the day, dogs were hosed down and allowed to play in the "doggy pond" provided by event sponsors to keep cool.
Pet owners and vendors took cover in the shade and let the breeze cool us down. The hot temps shortened the day a bit, but everyone had a doggone good time!
Proceeds from this event went to Top Dog Foundation, a rescue that places senior dogs with senior owners. The event was held at Meridian manor, an independent senior living facility.
On Sunday, Whiskers To Tails Petsitting traveled to Bloomington to be part of the sixth annual FurEver Fun Day at Pet Crossing Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic. Strong winds, hot temperatures and a threatening storm dampened things a bit, but all programming went on as planned including the agility demonstrations, guest speakers, a silent auction and safety seminars.
Several outdoor vendors saw their tents uprooted by the strong winds, yet they managed to get by with some sunscreen and a few weights to hold down their merchandise. Pets and owners alike came indoors to cool down and check out our indoor booth as well as several others who were lucky enough to reserve an indoor space.
Silent auction proceeds and vendor fees benefit homeless animals through Pet Crossing's Pets Protection Program. Partnering with area women's shelters, Pet Crossing provides a safe haven for pets displaced because of domestic violence. According to a local women's shelter rep, 41% of abused women leave pets behind when they escape a violent domestic household.
While Mother Nature unleashed her fury this weekend, she didn't dampen people's spirits. What brought us all together were the animals--those cute, furry creatures that are part of our families. What could be better than making it possible for them to have better lives?
Whiskers To Tails Petsitting would like to thank all those at Wayzata Woofstock and Pet Crossing Animal Hospital for their hard work putting these events together.