Who let the dogs out?

600 pet owners and pups take over Mound Harbor District for Dog Days

Almost 600 people showed up for Westonka Dog Days on Saturday, Aug. 17. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Sky jumps through a hoop in a demonstration at Westonka Dog Days. Pet owners could take their pets through the course later. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Finn took third place in the cutest puppy contest. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy)  One pup in the Cutest Puppy Contest strutted around the ring in a dress. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Bo took fourth place in the Cutest Puppy Contest. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Finn took third place in the cutest puppy contest. Bella Rose took second place in the cutest puppy competition. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy)  Coming in as the cutest pup, Mia the Pomeranian was also the youngest at 11 weeks old. She won a sitting for an oil painting as a prize. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) The Smooch a Pooch booth was a big hit at the 2013 Dog Days. With a dab of peanut butter on the owner’s cheek, the dog was quick to plant a wet one. Shown here is Lilly with Adrienne Reuss of Spring Park. Lilly is a foster dog from the Save-A-Bull Rescue. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Puppies weren’t the only furry pets. Bunnies were also on display. These bunnies are used for therapy. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Bunnies, such as Tika shown here, went through agility courses as children watched and laughed. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy)  Vendors had treats for dogs and owners alike on sale. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy) Event chair Laura Cogswell and Teri Scherven stand with pet food donations at the Westonka Food Shelf. Owners were asked to bring a donation to the free event. (Submitted photo)
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The Smooch a Pooch booth was a big hit at the 2013 Dog Days. With a dab of peanut butter on the owner’s cheek, the dog was quick to plant a wet one. Shown here is Lilly with Adrienne Reuss of Spring Park. Lilly is a foster dog from the Save-A-Bull Rescue. (Laker staff photo by Theresa Malloy)
It was another beautiful sunny summer day that brought dogs and their owners to Mound for the Westonka Dog Days celebration on Saturday, Aug. 17. Event coordinators estimate that almost 600 people made their way for puppy play, free treats and demonstrations.

The event collected pet donations for Western Communities Action Network Pet Assistant Fund. New this year, a couple of the event sponsors Tim Weigert, manager at Mound Walgreens and Teri Scherven, branch Manager Crow River Bank, placed pet food donation boxes for collections prior to the event. Collections from the day and donation boxes combined delivery is approxately one small pick-up truck load, said event chair Laura Cogswell.

Kim Osmonson of Mound’s Glamour Pets also donated and matched funds from nail trims done during the event. Collections from exhibitors totaled almost $500 for the WeCAN Pet Assistance fund.

Other proceeds from the day will go to WeCAN or the Dog Park project.