Second annual Dog Days Westonka planned for Mound area in August

Celebrate Greater Mound! Announces the second annual "Dog Days Westonka" event for all animal-lovers and their pets on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Auditors Road in Mound.

Proceeds from the event will once again help community needs. In 2011, the event raised a truck load of pet food donations for the food shelf, installed a pet waste station on the Andrew Sisters Trail and donated funds to enable the Western Community Action Network WeCAN to provide pet assistance to those in need.

WeCAN is one of the charities receiving donations from Dog Days Westonka again this year. WeCAN Executive Director Leah Weycker said that people used to ask about resources to help care for their pets. Until the Pet Assistance Fund that was set up last year, WeCAN had never had the resources to financially help clients with those problems.

"But last year (we were) able to offer aid to many pet owners that came to us for help," she said.

This is Mound’s second year hosting Dog Days Westonka, and they anticipate another great turn out. The event includes a Pet Expo, parade, contests, demonstrations and seminars given by pet professionals.

There will be an "Ask the Vet and Ask the Trainer" booth, "Meet the Authors" booth, pet services – including a microchip clinic, nail trimming, tag engraving and pet adoptions.

The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a pet food donation. The first 200 pet owners will receive a "goodie bag," filled by event sponsors with complimentary pet items and information.

Event times are as follows:

9:00 – 2:00 :: Pet Expo

9:30 – Pet Parade

10:30 – Animal Blessing (nondenominational)

11:00 – Sheep Herding Dogs Demonstration

11:45 – Top 10 Poison Dangers to Your Pet

12:30 – Cutest Puppy Contest

During the day, participants are invited to enjoy the Farmers’ Market special offers at nearby stores and restaurants. There has been an increase in public outings that include pets to the farmers’ market, the Andrew Sisters and the Dakota Rail Trail System. Pets are a huge part of the community, and they enjoy the unique trail and lakeside experience. You can also access the event by boat at the Lost Lake public pier.

For more information about sponsorship, donations and exhibitors, find them on facebook and visit www.dogdayswestonka.com.

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