Dogs Ruled the Day

Saturday, August 23rd started off overcast, warm and humid. The forecast promised rain and thunderstorms by noon if not before. But Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter’s Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle was also scheduled for Saturday and this much anticipated event had never been rained out in its 7 year history. Small dogs had the first opportunity to “get their feet wet” beginning at 9 a.m. Approximately 8 dogs took advantage of the “no big dogs allowed” period. By 9:45 claps of thunder were heard and dogs as well as their humans needed to take cover. RABAS volunteers hurried to “take down” before the thunder turned into a much needed rain and thunderstorms. Not to be deterred by a few thundershowers and bolts of lightning, the group decided to try again for Sunday, August 24th. They did not want to disappoint the dogs who wait all year for their day at the pool.

On Sunday, the volunteer organization raising money for a desperately needed animal shelter, woke to cloudy skies, cooler temps and a hot and sunny forecast by early afternoon. Word of the postponement was spread via social media and a large sign at the swimming pool.

More than 40 dogs took advantage of the dog swim. As always, Labrador and Golden Retrievers outnumbered all other breeds and enjoyed showing off what they were bred to do – swim and retrieve. Once dogs were inside the enclosed gate, leashes were removed and the fun began. Most dogs all spent some time in the water, but a 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 safe to say that all of these dogs slept well that evening. Prizes were awarded for the Poop Raffle, with Ken Quick being the definite winner.

Sponsors for this event included Sut Hill Ford Dodge, Halpin Tire, Nelson True Value Hardware, Ken Stoeffler – American Family Insurance, Mary Stoeffler – Creative Cuts Hair Salon, Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation and Walmart. For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Bev Pozega or visit our website at www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Donations may be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821. RABAS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax exempt.  

Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle–Postponed

imagesDue to rain, the puppy paddle has been postponed until Sunday, 8/24, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Weather Permitting).  Keep up with events on facebook https://www.facebook.com/riversandbluffsanimalshelterpdc

Yappy Hour - August 14

SAWMILL SALOON AND RIVERS AND BLUFFS ANIMAL SHELTER TO SPONSOR “YAPPY HOUR”
 Are you and your favorite canine companion looking for something different to do on a Thursday night in downtown Prairie du Chien? If so, join Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and The Sawmill Saloon on August 14th for “Yappy Hour”. All friendly, non aggressive dogs that are up to date on their vaccinations and their humans are invited to The Sawmill for an evening out to celebrate the “dog days of summer”.

 “Yappy Hour” will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to The Sawmill. Donations will be accepted at the Gate. Yappy Hour includes appetizers (Actually a full meal!), Live Doggy themed music provided by Mike McCoy, raffle, and cash bar.

 Water bowls for the dogs will be filled with fresh water. Homemade treats will be provided for each dog attending.

Humans without dogs are also welcome. All dogs need to be leashed. Flexileads are strongly discouraged. If it is “raining cats and dogs”, Yappy Hour will be canceled.

Donations are gratefully accepted and will go towards the building fund. 

 For more information, please contact Bev at (608) 326-2914 or visit our website at riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC Wi 53821



Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle - August 23


The 7th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 23, 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, Creative Cuts Salon - Mary Stoeffler, owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford and Dodge, 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.
Please stop in at our event sponsors: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance- Ken Stoeffler Agency,  Creative Cuts Salon, Mary Stoeffler, Owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford Dodge, Nelson True Value, PdC Park and Rec Dept.

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