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Beautiful Hand-made King sized Quilt


rabas quilt raffle_Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) is the grateful recipient of a beautiful Diamond Jubilee  Bargello quilt.  RABAS volunteers are currently selling raffle tickets for the quilt.   The quilt, pieced and donated by Judy Murphy, currently of Dodgeville and quilted by Jody Mahieu of Mineral Point is currently on display at the Pickett Fence in Prairie du Chien. The quilt is 100”x 100” in size and will fit either a king or queen size bed. The color scheme includes shades of blue, green and teal. Two matching pillow cases are also included with the quilt.  Over 2,000 yards of thread were used in this quilt along with 16 different fabrics.  Judy and Jody have totaled more than 200 hours in the making of this outstanding quilt. The drawing will be held in mid-April at the group’s annual Pasta for Pets which is held at Huckleberry’s Restaurant.  Tickets are available at The Pickett Fence, from RABAS volunteers or by calling Bev at 608-326-2914 or Diane at 608-326-2556.

Dogs Ruled the Pool

DSC_0025-001Sunny skies, warm temperatures and crystal clear water of the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park welcomed  participants to Rivers & Bluffs 8th Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle on Saturday, August 24th.  Sixty-seven canines and their humans enjoyed their day at the pool.  According to event organizers, this year’s dog swim was the best attended in the 8 years.  Small dogs, had first opportunity to get their feet wet, beginning at 9 a.m.  Approximately 10 dogs took advantage of the “small dogs only” period.  At 10 a.m., Labradors and Golden Retrievers outnumbered other breeds showing off what they were bred to do –

Once inside the fenced enclosures, leashes were removed and the fun began. Most dogs all spent some time in the water, but aDSC_0044-001 few dogs never even ventured into the water, choosing to spend their time running at large in the grassy fenced area of the aquatic park grounds.   Random games of dog tag and takeaway (the tennis ball) popped up often throughout the day. It is difficult to say who had more fun – the dogs, their owners or the spectators who came just to watch.  One thing is for sure – all of these dogs slept well that evening. 

The 8th Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle was sponsored by Halpin Tire, Ken Stoeffler – American Family Insurance, PdC Park and Rec. and Walmart.  Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization raising money for an animal shelter in the Prairie du Chien Area.  For more information on the organization, please visit our website – www.riversandbluffs.org or like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/riversandbluffsanimalshelterpdc).  Donations can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821. Additional photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/100055574952945809103/RABAS_Puppy_Paddle_2015

Quilt Raffle

quiltSix chances for $5.00. Drawing will be at Pasta for Pets, April 16, at Huckelberry’s Banquet Hall. First chance to purchase tickets at Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle on Aug. 22.  For tickets call (608) 326-2914.  The quilt is donated and pieced by Judy Murphy. It has been quilted by Joey Mahieu of Mineral Point. The pattern is Diamond Jubilee Bargellow. The size 100”x100”.

8th Annual Prairie Pool Party–August 22, 2015

The 8th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 22, at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Small dogs (16 inches or less at the shoulder) will be swimming first from 9AM-10AM. Then the larger dogs join in the fun. Of course, the smaller dogs can stay and continue to have fun.

Wacouta Aquatic Park is located at 1401 E Wells St.,  in Prairie du Chien, Wi (Map).  Wacouta Aquatic Park has a 0 depth pool entrance. Chemicals added to the pool during human swimming times will be removed. Dogs can wade into the water and will not have to jump in from the wall. Humans can wade into the pool no deeper than ankle high. A certified life guard will be on duty to enforce this rule and ensure the safety of all in attendance. Proof of vaccinations required at registration

Rivers and Bluffs volunteers will  have lunch available which can be purchased for a nominal fee. We appreciate your support and look forward to providing your dogs with a day at the pool.

Please support the sponsors for this event: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance - Ken Stoeffler Agency,, and Prairie du Chien Park and Rec Dept.

Money raised through this event will be added to the animal shelter building fund for the surrounding area.

For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Bev Pozega at 608-326-2914 and Jill Cipra 608-326-4870. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organizations. Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821