Dog day afternoon

Two events Saturday celebrate man’s best friend

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Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo veterinarian Dr. Noemi Plantz awards “Biscuit” and her owners a blue ribbon for “Fluffiest Fur” at a recent Everybody Winds Children’s Pet Show. (Submitted photo)

The calendar has turned from August, but the dog days continue Saturday in the St. Croix Valley.

The St. Croix Valley Kennel Club celebrates Minnesota Responsible Dog Ownership Day during a day-long event at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, dogs and other pets are the stars of the “Everybody Wins Children’s Pet Show” held by the Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo as part of Lake Elmo Days festivities Saturday.

The Responsible Dog Onwership Day event is  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county fairgrounds gives dog owners and enthusiasts the opportunity to learn the responsibilities of dog ownership, enhance their relationships with their pets and learn more about specific dog breeds. Dogs and their owners also can participate in conformation handling lessons, obedience, rally, agility, weight pull, Earthdog demonstrations, carting and tracking.

Other activities include a microchip clinic at $25 per dog, including registration, and a $5 donation will be made to the Three-Day Breast Cancer Walk for each chip sold. Also on the schedule are free American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen tests; an AKC-sanctioned B match practice dog show and low cost Therapy Dog International evaluations. Advanced registration is required for the therapy dog evaluation and can be done by emailing sugarbush-dogs@juno.com. Please put “RDOD” in the subject line.

Responsible Dog Owner Day is free, with well-behaved dogs on leashes with proof of rabies vaccinations welcome. There is free parking and on-site food concessions that support the Animal Inn Junior Scholarship Fund.

Details are available at www.minneapolisKC.org/rdod.

At the Everybody Wins Children’s Pet Show, children in kindergarten through grade six can enter any kind of pet on leashes or in carriers. Cedar Pet Clinic veterinarians award ribbons in categories such as “Curliest Tail, Brightest Eyes” and “Sloppiest Kisses.” Every child receives an award.

“We love this event,” said Dr. John Baillie. “The whole staff comes out and we have a wonderful time with the children and their families. Everyone receives a ribbon and award, and we’ve had dogs, cats, pocket pets, and birds in cages entered. It’s a highlight of our year.”

Registration for the free event can be done by calling the clinic at 651-770-3250. The show starts at 1 p.m. near the fire station after the Lake Elmo Days parade. Visit www.cedarpetclinic.com for more information.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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