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PetaPalooza this weekend, dogs welcome to compete

The second annual "Petapalooza" is set for Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Warren Township Park, near Roberts. The event is a joint effort on the part of several pet nonprofits in the St. Croix Valley: PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society) of Western Wisconsin, Gregory's Gift of Hope, Helping Hands for Pets, CatTown Rescue and St. Croix Animal Friends.

"It's an event to get the public out to scope us out and see what we're doing in the St. Croix County Community," said Shar Patnoe, president of PAWS and owner of Positive Dog Training School, "and have a good time."

The event will feature "everything from sloppy joes and wild rice soup to games for kids," Patnoe said. She added that a new event this year will be the Olympups, a competition for the dogs.

"Everyone is welcome to bring their dog," Patnoe said. "It's an outdoor event."

The Olympups competition will feature such events as a spoon and potato race completed with an owner holding a dog leash, and a spoon with a potato balanced on it in the same hand. Another event will be the "stinky shoe" competition, in which one shoe in a pile of shoes will have a doggy treat in it. The first dog to find the treat wins.

Patnoe said she has used some of these events at her dog training school, and they have gone over well with the dogs and their humans.

Patnoe said there will also be several adoptable dogs at the event and people can begin the adoption process with an application after the event, if they choose.

For more information about the Petapalooza, visit St. Croix Pets.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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