Despite a major snow storm right before the weekend and treacherous driving conditions around the Twin Cities, the Twin Cities Pet Expo was a success for MWCR, with Sunday being a busier day than usual. Dedicated MWCR volunteers braved the elements to staff our booth. Volunteers included Cat Olund with Lilo and Maui, Chris Norman and KJ with Woodson, Judith Roggow with Phoebe, Mary Ann Statz with Cindy, and Linda Riegger with Willie, along with Linda’s friends Justina, Clay and Fillmore who helped set up and staff the booth. Volunteers Robin Kashuba and Brenda Pulkrabek from Hutchinson wisely decided against traveling hours on dangerous roads Saturday morning and will be volunteering at our booth at the Paws on Parade event later this year. Linda and Justina, who is an artist, delighted children with their face painting which raised funds for MWCR. Sheltie mom, and generous MWCR supporter, Carol Brandenburg spent most of Saturday at our booth, helping with merchandise sales and braiding dog tug toys for us to sell. When not at our booth or watching the shows, Carol shopped at the various vendors and bought two beautiful pet beds which she donated to MWCR for our silent auction.
MWCR fosters Christina and Russell Sager visited our booth and will be volunteering at events this summer. Adopter Fiona Johnson and her son Alex stopped by for a delightful visit as well. Dr. Sheila Megan of Companion Animal Hospital, one of our partner veterinary clinics, and her daughter Katie stopped at our booth, and DeLahna Johnson from Pet Dermatology Clinic, another of our partner veterinary clinics, had a booth at the Pet Expo and visited with us.
In addition to the face painting, a huge draw for children was the prize wheel made by Arnie Hilk. The tall wheel, which makes a distinctive sound, attracted crowds of kids who donated $1 to MWCR to spin the wheel and pick a thank you gift.
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Thank you to our volunteers and their dogs for making the Pet Expo a success. Nothing brings people into our booth like a beautiful collie barking with delight. Our volunteers chatted with numerous people who expressed interest in MWCR and in adopting from us. Great job! And thank you to everyone who visited our booth and helped make the weekend a success. – Terry Libro, MWCR President and Event Committee Chairperson.