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Fest offers dog-friendly sports, entertainment

Fest offers dog-friendly sports, entertainment

An event this weekend will draw dog lovers and their four-legged friends.

The Mounds Dog Fest will offer paws-on activities, contests, demos, a canine water performance, lure coursing, dogs bobbing for tennis balls and more.

About 110 area organizations will be on site at Angell Park in Sun Prairie for the festival from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday for the 16th annual event.

New to the event this year is a dog training demo, an interactive sport which that combines basic obedience with an obstacle course.

Mounds representative Heather Sullivan said the event is fun for dog owners and gives them a destination to bring their pet.

"[There are] not always the outlets where people can get out and meet other dog owners and just have a great time," Sullivan said. "I just like to see the variety of dogs and the people in the community."

Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring

Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring

Mayor to translate the groundhog's word on winter's end     

Sun Prairie will host its traditional prognostication ceremony early Saturday with nationally famed Jimmy the Groundhog. 

The city’s annual Groundhog's Day event is scheduled at sunrise on in Cannery Square Plaza, downtown Sun Prairie.

According to the cultural tradition, if a groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of Feb. 2, winter will hold off the spring season another six weeks.

Bruce Sprague, chairman for the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District, said Jimmy will get a fire truck escort at about 6:50 a.m.

The official prognostication will take place at sunrise, about 7:11 a.m., when Mayor John Murray will share Jimmy's estimate on when spring will arrive. Sun Prairie city legend says that only the mayor can translate Jimmy’s prediction.


Humane society 'stunned' at abrupt drop by Sun Prairie-based sponsor

Rock Co. animal welfare org asked to remove animals     

After 14 years and more than 1,300 adoptions, Mounds Pet Food Store has ended its partnership with the Rock County Humane Society.

The Rock County Humane Society said it was asked Wednesday to remove animals and other property from Mounds Satellite Adoption Center, 1725 Lodge Drive, Janesville, according to a letter posted on the humane society’s website.

“We were notified in a voicemail yesterday from Mounds' vice president that Mounds has made the 'business decision' to shut down our satellite adoption center and requesting that we remove our adoptable cats by Friday at the latest," humane society Executive Director Angela Rhodes wrote in the post.

Rhodes wrote that the society considered "Mounds to be a valued partner in the care of our community’s homeless animals for over a decade and is stunned by this abrupt withdrawal of support."

Plans set for annual Prognostication by Jimmy

Plans set for annual Prognostication by Jimmy

City ceremony planned for 6:50 a.m.    

The city’s annual groundhog prognostication is scheduled to take place at sunrise on Feb. 2 in Cannery Square Plaza.

Jimmy the Groundhog will be at the Prognostication ceremony in Downtown Sun Prairie to share his estimate on when spring will arrive.

The city’s Business Improvement District chairperson, Bruce Sprague, confirmed that Jimmy will be ushered in to the square by limo and fire trucks at 6:50 a.m.

Local restaurants will be serving a variety of Jimmy-related goodies like Jimmy chocolates and a Jimmy-themed beer, and a buffet breakfast is scheduled at the Market Street Diner and Bakery, Sprague said.

Sprague said the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce handed over reins to the Prognostication to the BID this year and more details on the day's events will be released when they are finalized.

Tails on Trails welcomes local dogs


The Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin will celebrate their 11th annual Tails on Trails this Saturday.

All dog breeds are welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the Token Creek County Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include a walk through the part, visits with dog-related groups and vendors, lunch and raffles.  Proceeds will go to help surrendered and abandoned Golden Retrievers in Wisconsin.

For more information visit www.grrow.org.

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week


In honor of National Dog Week, the Dane County Humane Society will reduce microchip fees for dogs.

National Dog Week began Monday and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 30.  This week, microchips will cost $15, 50 percent off its original price.

Dane County Humane Society emphasized the importance of having dogs wear collars with ID tags in addition to a microchip, said a press release.  This provides multiple formed of identification if owners and pets are separated.

"Pet owners don’t expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Spokeswoman.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal," said Viney.