Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle - 2017

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The 10th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien, WI. (Rain Date - Aug 27th)

9 am - 10 am Small Dogs Only (16 inches or less at the shoulder)
10 am - 2 pm Small and Large Dogs.

$12 for 1st dog; additional dogs in the same family $8 each

Rain date: Sunday, August 27
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. 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.

  • Female dogs in heat not allowed
  • Flexileads not allowed
  • Dogs must wear buckle collars with IDs - no choke collars
  • Proof of Rabies & DHLPP required at registration

Advance registration: Print the registration form and complete it at home. (Link)
Rivers and Bluffs volunteers will have lunch available which can be purchased for a nominal fee.

We thank the sponsors: Thrivent Financial, Walmart and
PdC Parks & Recreation Department

For more information on Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Jill 608-326-4870 or Bev 608-326-2914. Rivers and 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
The 10th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien, WI. (Rain Date - Aug 27th)

9 am - 10 am Small Dogs Only (16 inches or less at the shoulder)
10 am - 2 pm Small and Large Dogs.

$12 for 1st dog; additional dogs in the same family $8 each

Rain date: Sunday, August 27
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. 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.

  • Female dogs in heat not allowed
  • Flexileads not allowed
  • Dogs must wear buckle collars with IDs - no choke collars
  • Proof of Rabies & DHLPP required at registration

Advance registration: Print the registration form and complete it at home. (Link)
Rivers and Bluffs volunteers will have lunch available which can be purchased for a nominal fee.

We thank the sponsors: Thrivent Financial, Walmart and
PdC Parks & Recreation Department

For more information on Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Jill 608-326-4870 or Bev 608-326-2914. Rivers and 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
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Country on the River 2017 is now history. Thanks to everyone who helped
with this event. You all deserve a huge pat on the back Tina put in many hours even before COTR started making sure that all of the shifts were covered. Thursday night was not a very pleasant night to be at COTR as the temperature dropped considerably. Once again thanks to Tina and her crew.

Country on the River

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Country on the River 2017 is now history. Thanks to everyone who helped with this event. You all deserve a huge pat on the back Tina put ...
By Rachel Mergen
In July 2007, it was recognized that animals were being abandoned at veterinary clinics in Prairie du Chien at an alarming rate. The community, at the time, had no facilities prepared to help save the once-beloved pets that no longer had a place to call home. Today, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is working hard to become a temporary home for these animals as volunteers and staff search for safe, forever homes for them.
Jami Quick, a doctor at Tender Care, was one of the first to see the need for a shelter in the area. She called for a meeting with the animal hospital’s staff. Since the original meeting, over 80 people have joined to help open an animal shelter in the area.
The original name of the animal shelter was Faith’s Friends, named after a stray cat that ended up at Tender Care, but was changed to Rivers and Bluffs to match the landscape of the area.
Many struggles have been faced in the process of building the shelter. Members of the project faced great difficulty as they attempted to be declared a non-profit organization. Bev Pozega and Donna Heilmann, volunteers with the shelter, narrated the tale of having to find help with the multitude of documents needed to become a non-profit. Over the internet, a random man was found from California. The documents were completed with his help through the web.
Rivers and BluffsThis connection helped solve Pozega’s statement: “Our first big thing to overcome was getting the tax exempt.” With this recognition as a non-profit, items could be purchased, along with other benefits.
“It’s amazing seeing people caring enough to help us,” Pozega stated. Many fundraisers are held throughout the year. Bake sales, dog washes and walks, Country on the River beverage stands, Yappy Hours and Pasta for Pets help raise money to get the shelter on its feet before opening.
During the spring, Princess for an Evening takes place at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is held for girls and the men in their lives. There is a DJ, cake and vast decorations to make the night a special memory.
The animal shelter also schedules an annual Puppy Paddle each summer. This year’s Puppy Paddle will be at the Wacouta Aquatic Park on Saturday, Aug. 26. The tradition is for little dogs to be allowed into the pool a bit before the big dogs, giving them time to have some fun on their own.
Heilmann spoke about the excitement of seeing the animals enjoy the cool water on a hot, summer day: “The dogs just run around and have fun. I remember watching them jump off the edge of the pool.”
On the first Saturday of December, Rivers and Bluffs brings the community Wake Up Santa. Parents send information about their children to the shelter ahead of time. When the event happens, the shelter brings in their own Santa and the children tiptoe into the room to stir him from his sleep. Santa has a list of the children’s names and the information the parents submitted, so the illusion of Santa can be continued. Wake Up Santa helps push the childhood beliefs about the holiday for a few additional years.
The shelter also has a little Christmas shop available during the celebration. The shop is set up for children to buy small gifts for their parents and pets. In addition, there is a breakfast to celebrate the holiday.
Currently, a fundraiser is being held to help cover the blank walls of the building’s entrance. Decorating the walls will be tiles to honor pets of community members who have sent the necessary forms and fees to the shelter. The project will help “leave a lasting legacy” to those animals no longer with us.
“It’s important to us to have quality fundraisers,” Heilmann stated. The shelter’s members plan to continue holding many more in the future.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter depends on donations, to go along with their fundraisers. “It’s not about how much,” Pozega said. “Small donations helped us get where we are today.”
Over the past 10 years, many generous donors have helped contribute to the project and are highly appreciated by members of the shelter. Some of these donors have chosen to stay anonymous.
One of the largest donations was land on 22nd Street. This location was eventually swapped with the city of Prairie du Chien to a location that is better suited for the name, because of a new-found closeness to the river. The shelter’s construction is complete now. Its current location is behind Country Inn and Suites, near Cabela’s.
“It is totally a team effort when it comes to fundraising, finding good homes and helping animals,” Pozega stated. In the future, the shelter hopes to help as many animals as possible find their forever homes.
Much work is still needed to open Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. Members hope to continue bringing the community together to help progress with their plans. Pozega and Heilmann voiced that no specific date is scheduled yet for the opening, but it will occur when a treasury is created to cover operating expenses for at least one year.
To keep up with the progress of Rivers and Bluff Animal Shelter or to donate, go to http://riversandbluffsanimalshelter.blogspot.com.
Hot Weather Safety Tips



With summer approaching and weather temperatures heating up, it’s important to pay special attention to your pets. Taking the precautionary steps to keep your pet safe will guarantee a much happier and healthier summer.
The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals stresses how important it is to keep your animals safe in hot weather and stresses don’t leave pets in the car in hot weather.
“You should never leave your pet in an enclosed car in hot weather,” said Dr. Lichtenberger owner of MECA.
“Although the temperature outside may seem comfortable, it could still be dangerous. The temperature of an enclosed car could increase over 100 degrees in a very short time. While you are inside running a quick errand, your pet could be struggling with heat stroke,” noted Lichtenberger.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an animal could die of heat stroke in just a few minutes. Some signs of heat stroke include heavy breathing, dark tongue, restlessness, and lack of coordination. If you see an animal struggling, do not hesitate to help. Try your best to locate the owner, however, If you are unable to, call the authorities and wait by the car until help arrives.
If you find yourself in a situation where you fear your pet is suffering from heatstroke, move your pet to a cooler area. ASPCA states that your pet’s temperature should not be over 104 degrees. If you find that your pet's temperature has increased past this point, let your pet drink small amounts of water to cool down. It is very important to seek medical attention right after you get the situation under control.
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UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

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Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will be held on Saturday, August 26th.  More info on this will come as the date gets closer.  For now, please s...