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Chippewa Valley Outdoor Games Aug. 15-17 • Eau Claire Rod & Gun Club, 801 Schoettl Dr. • FREE • 1-888-523-3866 • Event organizers expect more than 200 dogs at this second-annual event that includes such animal activities as dock dog competitions, big air, extreme vertical, and speed retrieving.

Dog Swim Fest Monday, Sept. 1 • Fairfax Outdoor Pool, Eau Claire • noon to 3pm • $10 per dog, spectators free • Every Labor Day, the last day it is open, Fairfax Pool opens its doors to welcome canine swimmers. Proceeds will go toward the Eau Claire Off-Leash Dog Park.

Pledge 4 Paws Dog Walk Saturday, Sept. 13 • Flag Hill Pavilion, Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls • 1pm • $20 single or $35 family • 715-382-4832 • This annual event to raise money for the Chippewa County Humane Association features contests, games, refreshment, and a Flyball demonstration for pet owners and their companions.

Statewide 4-H Agility Show
Sept. 20 • Eau Claire Expo Center • starts 9am • FREE • 715-839-4712 • 4-H members throughout the state are invited to compete in dog agility events.

Better in Show Thursday, March 5, 2009 • Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center • 4-9pm • $3 at door and $5 per pet for competition • 715-839-4747 • www.eccha.org •  This all-breed pet exposition is the only one of its kind in western Wisconsin. Put on by the Eau Claire County Humane Association, the event includes categories such as best dog trick, owner-dog look-alikes, unusual cats, and other (which has seen everything from reptiles to a miniature horse).

Indianhead Kennel Club Dog Show every April • Eau Claire County Expo Center • $3 for spectators • This American Kennel Club-certified event draws as many as 1,000 dogs into competition for obedience, best in breed, best in group, and, of course, best in show.

Fido and Friends Fun Run May 16, 2009 • Carson Park, Eau Claire • $20 includes T-shirt and dog tags • 715-839-4747 • www.eccha.org • This dog walk event raises funds for the Eau Claire County Humane Association, and includes concessions and games such as a stupid pets tricks contest.

Doll and Pet Parade every May • Water Street, Eau Claire • 1pm • FREE • One of the highlights of this annual parade sponsored by the Water Street Merchants Association is the lines of children walking with their pets, who they often put in costumes.

Kids and Canines Program every June • Eau Claire Expo Center • 715-839-4712 • This annual event sponsored by 4-H allows kids to teach their dogs obedience and agility. The program welcomes non-members and a ceremony on the last day has the dogs and children showing off what they learned.

Blessing of the Animals June 14, 2009 • First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire • 715-832-1011 • www.firstpres-eauclaire.org • Every year, on the second Sunday of June, Pastor Eric Nielson mixes up the morning service by welcoming pets into his congregation. The informal event, held on the church’s front lawn, typically brings dogs and cats, but has also seen fish, turtles, hamsters, birds, rabbits, horses, and cattle.

Sawdust City Days June 18-21, 2009 • Carson Park, Eau Claire • FREE • www.sawdustcitydays.com • In previous years, this event’s family stage included a demonstration by Rude Dog University and an agility demonstration on an obstacle course.

4-H Small Pet Show
every July • FREE • 715-839-4712 • During the Eau Claire County Fair, pet owners in 4-H hold an informal pet show.

Nutrition Seminars Menomonie’s East Branch of Wisconsin Credit Union, 3333 Schneider, Ave. • $10 (includes lunch) • 715-235-6533 • www.menomoniemarket.org/community-calendar • Menomonie Market Food Co-Op puts on several different dietary seminars throughout the year, a few of which deal with pet-related nutrition tips.