There were Greyhounds and Beagles, Shih Tzus and Yorkies, Shelties, Spaniels, Frenchies, Great Danes and Bassets; Oh My! The 2019 Arnell Paws on the Trail Event was alive with every size and shape of dog you can imagine. The annual fundraising event registered 47 Walkers and raised $7,800 with Local Business Sponsors to support the Arnell Memorial Humane Society.
Walkers enjoyed the crisp sunshine on their stroll down Stower Seven Lakes Trail; then returned to the Soo Line Park Pavilion to participate in 18 Fun Dog Contests. Many of the walking participants were adopted from Arnell Humane Society.
All of the dogs were on their best behavior and performed with distinction in each contest. Border Collie Sonic was the oldest pup at 16 years; the Youngest was five month old Husky, Jasmine. Little Lacey, a Poodle Mix, won for Smallest Dog and Best Kisser. She also wore a Wonder Woman outfit for the costume contest. Not to be outdone, Lhasa Roxy won Best Trick with an amazing High Five and also Most Adorable.
The Largest Dog was Buck, a German Shepherd; Weimaraner Mae Wilson took home the prize for Most Unusual Coat and a Catahoula-Cattle Dog-Pit Bull was the Best Mystery Mutt. Lisa Simon and Fritz guessed the exact number of biscuits in the jar. Sheltie Sam had the Best Smile and Golden Retriever puppy Aspen had the Waggiest Tail.
Pumpkin doughnut bits were tossed for the Quickest Cookie Catcher, won by Australian Shepherd, Reddy. Mira, a Shetland Sheepdog, only needed to stand and be admired for her Fluffiest Pet Award. A Beagle named Hunter performed the Best Handshake and won the Best Costume Contest. He sported a cape with one feathered black wing and one white and head gear with alternating horn and halo. Hunter wore a sign around his neck that read: “Sometimes I’m an Angel, but Sometimes I’m Not.”
In the Obedience competitions, Black Lab, Amy Wilson out performed in Simon Says and Best Vocal Performance. Best Jr. Handler went to Ava Schueller and Letty, her Border Collie team mate. The award for Least Obedient was won by a Yorkie Terrier named Captain who dressed up as Donald Trump in a Blue Suit, Red Tie and Orange Comb-Over. View the Paws Event in a Photo Album on Facebook.
Everyone had a great time enjoying and celebrating our canine friends in all their glory. It was a great day to support the shelter. Thank you to our Business Sponsors and all who participated.
Business Sponsors for 2019 Paws on the Trail – Arnell Walk for the Animals
Amery Chevrolet Dragonfly Gardens Michael Larson
Amery Farm & Home Fenneren Jewelers Osceola Auto Body
Amery Hosp & Clinic Forrest Inn Motel Outdoors Realty
Berg Family Trust Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka Skogland Oil Co.
Boyds Outdoor Power J&S General Contracting St Croix Chiropractic & Wellness
Carlson SV Johnson Motor Sales Star Prairie Veterinary
Chet Johnson Drug Kim’s Clips The Friendly Bar
Clear Lake Veterinary Leadholm Insurance The Law Firm of Williams & Davis
Denny’s Auto Ludvigson Law Office Upward Hound
Dental Arts Matrix Cable Solutions Williamson White Funeral Home
Doyle’s Farm & Home