They Came, They Saw,They Barked...Now it's Time to Build!

On Sunday, September 17th, over 300 people and their dogs attended the Bark in the Park fundraiser hosted by Canines at Play (CAP), a local grass-roots organization dedicated to bringing an off-leash dog park to Northfield.

There was a lot to see and do at Bark in the Park, which was held at Lions Riverside Park just across Highway 3 from where the future dog park will be located. Pictures of the event, taken by Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography are available online at for viewing or purchasing. All profits from the sale of the pictures will go to Canines At Play to help maintain the dog park once it is built…which won’t be too much longer!  Construction of the park began last week and is nearing completion—so watch for news of the park's grand opening!

Prior to Bark in the Park, CAP had raised over $4,000—$1,500 of which came through donations from private citizens and $2,500 from three corporate donors. Through silent auction bids and the generous donations of visitors to Bark in the Park, CAP was able to raise over $2,600, bringing the grand total raised to almost $7,000. And just days after the event, CAP received an additional anonymous donation of $5,000, bringing the total funds raised to just over $11,000 and giving CAP the funds it needs to build the park and to seed the maintenance fund needed to keep the park going. What an incredible community we live in!

The volunteers of Canines at Play wish to thank everyone who helped make Bark in the Park a success. Our supporters at Bark in the Park included the following:

Tails Up of Lakeville brought their skilled dogs along to do agility and rally demonstrations while Kathey Flynn provided great entertainment as she showed off the herding abilities of her Border Collies. Cyndi Jones of Canine Design was there with her St. Bernards to give carting rides to children. She also did on-the-spot nail trims for the canine visitors attending Bark in the Park, with all proceeds going to Bark in the Park.

Holly Bell was on hand to teach people the technique of Tellington Touch, a form of therapeutic touch used to comfort, calm, and give balance to canines in need. Merilyn Calcutt of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Collie Rescue brought several collies to the event to help inform people about the goals of this great group. Patti and Sadie from SAFE Sanctuary were there with some great dogs in need of homes.

Maria Estenson brought her friends along to help with her face-painting booth. The Pagel Gang helped bring out the creative side of the canine visitors by hosting a paw-painting booth, which produced lots of great refrigerator art. Nathan Buden, Rice County Sheriff and his police dog Ronan stopped by to talk with visitors about the important role dogs play in fighting crime. Rich Lorang of Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas donned his swami cap and took a shot at guessing the weights of many of the canine guests. He had a pretty darned good record going all day!

Mary Malone the Canine Coach held sample obedience classes, set up an agility play course for visiting canines to try, and organized a canine contest to see who had the dog with the blackest coat, the longest hair, the best begging abilities, the shortest legs, and more. Meanwhile, visitors snapped up great deals on Silent Auction items that had been donated by local businesses and individuals. Tiny's was there providing nourishment to the bidders and other hungry humans in the crowd.

We encourage you to thank the vendors and people who donated their time, talent, services, and products to help raise donations for the park.