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Aug 2013

Dogs Rule!

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Dogs Rule!

Monday was National Dog Day, the perfect day to give that puppy some extra puppy love!

big guy small dog

Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

With sunny skies and plus 30 degree temperatures,  Kilcona Park was the coolest place in town to celebrate the dog days of summer. It was the largest National Dog Day event in Canada!

IAMS event long shot

Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

Rosalyn, Wonka and dog in pool

Hundreds of Winnipeg dog owners celebrated in style at the KPDC – IAMS National dog Day Party in the Park, indulging their furry pals with popsicles handed out by a local radio station,  treats dished up by the IAMS Doggie Café and Pet Valu,  and  JD Doggs’ delicious custom-smoked hotdogs and sausages with all the trimmings. With days like that, it’s awesome being a dog!


Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

Rescue from Barbados

At their popular themed face painting booth, Royal LePage Prime artists amazed and amused everyone – transforming  children and fun-loving adults into adorable dogs. Several cats were also spotted in the dog park!

Dog Boy

Child with Black Dog

Photo credit: Pascale Thibodeau

Cat girl

Dog boy and sister

And IAMS photographers were on hand to capture that special smile.

Photo shoot at the IAMS Cafe

National Dog Day honours “The Dog” – raising awareness about sheltered dogs in need of  for good homes, and encouraging their adoption. It honours dogs that work selflessly every day to save lives and keep people safe, and raises a paw to the one creature in your life who is always happy to see you when you get home.

More Puppy Love

 Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

The National Dog Day Foundation’s motto is, “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. It’s a goal they try to meet each year.

The participation of Angel’s Haven, Boston Terrier Pug Rescue, DREAM, Earth Terrier Rescue, Manitoba Small Dog Rescue and Manitoba Underdogs, many volunteer foster parents, and adorable adoptables waiting for placement drew attention to the critical need for permanent homes for rescued dogs in need of love, protection and companionship.


Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

adoptable 1

Photo credit: Vince Pahkala


Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

Wonka and Cat Girl

Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

KPDC’s Board of Directors  salutes its partners, corporate sponsors and the great volunteers who made  KPDC – IAMS National Dog Day such a huge success! Their special talents and skills,  time and effort brought in over $1800 for Kilcona Dog Park improvements.

KPDC Volunteers

Photo credit: Vince Pahkala

The Volunteer Team that Rocks!

Angie Carriere

Carol Barrett

Cindy Greenlay

Gail Warywoda

Julie Johnson

Kevin Gordon

Kyle Lawrence

Leslie McLaren

Maria Conley

Melanie Bidzinski

Michelle Champagne

Pat Gray

Robyn Mahara

Sasha Emric

Teresa Wiebe

The Board also thanks  IAMS for their generous donation to KPDC for park improvements;  Wayne L’Esperance – the Dogfather – for providing the free doggy day care for volunteers and partners;  Park Foreman Mark Storimans and his staff for logistical support; and our official event photographer Vince Pahkala for capturing so many wonderful images of the day on camera.

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