It’s hard to believe, but the Collie Frolic is this Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge (www.stonemountainpetlodge.com) in Blaine, Minn. If you’re planning to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we have enough seating, food, and freebies for everyone. This is a fun free event where our collies run and play while the people visit and enjoy the day.
Activities and vendors during the Frolic
Kitty Hilk of Gray Gables Farms will be selling her famous gourmet dog biscuits, dog jerky treats, jams, and bath products. If you’d like to order anything in advance, please contact Kitty at email@example.com or call 952-472-6897.
Kristin Elmquist of For the Love of Dogs (loveofdogs.net) will provide canine massage therapy sessions for our collies. Kristin’s website includes a picture of her giving a massage to one of our collies at a previous Collie Frolic.
Julie Snouffer will be our animal communicator this year. Julie does animal communication as well as energy healing. She will provide 10-minute consultations for $10 during the Collie Frolic.
Mindy St. Dennis of LiliPhoto will be our professional photographer. She will be available from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to take professional portraits of our dogs, with or without their humans. Mindy will have a holiday backdrop so that people can get an early start on their holiday photos and avoid the hassle of standing in line at a mall or other venue to get their dog’s holiday pictures. Mindy also will have a traditional backdrop and may do outdoor shots in the wooded areas around Stone Mountain. Mindy offers a variety of products, including portraits, keychains, magnets, ornaments, and iPhone stickers featuring your dogs (price list).
Stone Mountain Pet Lodge has a large grassy yard for our collies to frolic. The area, however, does not have seating, so if you’re planning to be outside for any length of time, please bring a folding lawn chair for your comfort. When your dogs are inside, please have them on a leash so as not to disturb the people dining and the photographer.
A picnic-style lunch will be available about noon for a suggested donation of $5 and will feature fresh gourmet hot dogs from a local meat market, fixings to make chili dogs, vegetarian sandwiches, salads, pickles, chips, watermelon, Cat’s famous homemade cookies, and a variety of beverages including water, pop, and diet pop.
MWCR merchandise will be available for purchase and we’ll have a “free” table where people can take various dog-related items. If you have anything you’d like to donate to the free table such as extra leashes, food dishes, etc., just bring the items along.
Once again, we’ll have drawings for various gifts for people who make donations to MWCR during the Collie Frolic. People will get a ticket for every $1 donated to MWCR. The tickets can be placed in a bag next to the item they’d like to win. Items include two folding directors chairs, a large bolster dog bed, a hand-held vacuum designed to pick up dog fur, a collie garden flag with matching wooden box, and other items. MWCR accepts credit cards for donations and purchases.
We’ll have Doggie Olympics games in the afternoon where you and your dog can win medals and prizes. We’ll also have a short program and door prizes.
Stone Mountain is offering $2 off nail trims in their grooming salon – no appointment is needed. Stone Mountain’s grooming salon will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday for grooming. If you’re interested in having your dog bathed and groomed, please contact Stone Mountain at 763-792-8929 to schedule an appointment. Weekend appointments fill up fast!
So, we have many activities planned for the Collie Frolic. Come for the full four hours or come and go as your schedule permits. The event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends with collies. Hope you can come and “Picnic with the Collies” next Sunday!
– The MWCR Events/Fundraising Committee