This year's walk is packed with more activities, games and great vendors than ever before. We have doggie games at the brand new Doggie Midway, fun contests and demos from our main stage and a wide range of vendors and activities around the grounds.
So come to the walk to show your support for the animals, but stay afterward to enjoy an afternoon of fun. There will be plenty of things to do and great vendors to shop with. Please note, not all vendors will be able to process credit cards so you may want to bring cash or use our onsite ATM.
Meet your favorite FOX 9 anchors and their pooches along the walk route and at the Doggy Midway. Come and get cheered on by:
along with M.A. Rosko
Meet your favorite radio personalities from Cities 97 including BT and Lee and their own dogs. Join in the fun as they cheer you on and quiz you for prizes.
Meet Minnesota Viking Ben Leber and his wife Abby as they judge contests and help run the games in the Doggie Midway
The Bone Zone - This is a dog heaven, to be in a pen full of all kinds, sizes and flavored bones! The ultimate in “a kid in a candy store.” However, owners must encourage their dogs to pick up only a bone that is identified with a ribbon. Those are the winners!
Clean Up Your Toys! -Team up with your dog! Your dog’s challenge: to bring each toy to you, and for you to put the toys away in the toy box for your dog!
Rover Rally – Doggy Obstacle Course - Not for the faint of heart! This pulse-pounding puppy course is filled with thrills and chills and is fun for any level of doggie abilities. Watch your furry friend weave and bob through the cones, hurdle the jump and finish with perfect poise to complete this Rover Rally!
Doggie Fine Art - Bring out the Picasso in your dog! Dogs will demonstrate their artistic talents and create original “paintings” using the beautifully framed “canvas” and the washable tempera paints. You can select which colors to use and then dip your dog’s paws in the paint and have the dog walk on the canvas until the “masterpiece” is complete. You can take home the fine art to display on the refrigerator or any other prominent place you choose. You’ll be proud of your budding new artists! Doggie fine art is proudly sponsored by the One Hope Network. Click here to learn more about the One Hope Network.
Red Light – Green Light! -Just like the game you played when you were a kid, but this time you’re teaming up with your well-mannered dog! 2-4 pairs of dogs and owners will line up in the pen at the start line with dogs sitting, and the first owner/dog pair to make it over the “finish” line, wins!
Treat Treasure Hunt -Dogs find the treat and eat it!! What’s more rewarding to a dog than edible rewards! Dog treats will be at 5 different stations and your dog has 45 seconds to find and eat them all!
Wet Nose Wishing Well -An old-time favorite, our dog friends will be encouraged to get the tennis ball by dunking in a water-filled trough!
Pint Size Play: let your little one run and play in a secure 24-square foot fenced-in area. Sponsored by Fresh Air Training
Awards - Stick around to hear who our top walkers and teams are, and applaud them for their tireless efforts this year!!
Contests - You don’t need to be seen on David Letterman to prove that your dog can do tricks. Come show off to the crowd what your furry friend can do for fun in our stupid pet trick contest! No pre-registration necessary! Prizes include two free tickets to “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and generous gift certificates to Animal Humane Society. Click here for more details.
America’s Top Dog Model contest - Last year a dog from Minneapolis won the America’s Top Dog Model ® contest! Come meet winner Maia and enter the 2009 contest. We’re staging the regional event at the Walk for Animals, and up to three finalists in the casting call will go on to the national finals. This year’s theme is "Go Gorgeously Green." Canines, along with their owners, can help save the planet we all share. Click here for more information and be ready to parade your pooch on the main stage at the Walk!
All spots for this casting call have been filled - be sure to stop by main stage to see who the finalists are!
Tellington Touch Demonstration - Elaine Garley is an animal communicator and a Certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for companion animals. Visit her tent, meet Elaine and see a TTouch® demonstration. Click here to learn more about Elaine's company, Animal Bridges.
Qigong Demonstration with Spring Forest Quigong
Radio Disney Dancers - The Radio Disney Dancers help kick off the excitement at the main stage. Visit their booth for trivia games and prizes for kids of all ages.
Dog biscuit demo with Master Baker Klecko - The breads of master baker Klecko have been served in some of the finest restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul. With decades of international culinary experience, Klecko has baked for presidents, rock stars, and professional athletes. Now, he shares his favorite recipes for his favorite clients—the four-legged kind. Meet Klecko and watch his biscuit baking demonstrations at the Walk! Your pooch can try a free sample too!
Animal Humane Society Tent -Stop by our tent to learn about our programs and services, including training classes, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and our boarding facilities.
Facepainting for kids
Tour the MSU (AHS’s Mobile Surgical Unit) and the Big Fix!
Chip n’ Nails Clinic - get your dog micro chipped and nails trimmed for cheap!
AHS Used Goods Sale -hundreds of great bargains on new and used pet items for all types of pets! There will be plenty of opportunity to cash in on some cheap deals!
Food! - Animal Humane Society is providing hotdogs, chips, and fruit for a suggested donation of $2.00
Walk in honor of/in memory of a beloved pet. - Visit the honor memorial tent in the North parking lot and pick up a memory or honor sticker that you can affix to your clothing. Sponsored by the Pet Cremation Services of Minnesota.
Domino’s Pizza - Domino’s is stepping up at the Walk for Animals this year! They’ve partnered with us on 200,000 pizza boxes and you’ll find them on site in the south parking lot. Bring some dough because you’ll be able to purchase Domino’s pizza slices and oven baked sandwiches with proceeds going back to support to the Animal Humane Society. Thanks, Domino’s!
MillerCoors/Sharp’s- Thanks to new sponsor Sharp’s Non Alcoholic Beer for supporting the Walk for Animals this year! You’ll see signs along the walk route reminding you to “live responsibly.” Then visit the Miller tent on the south parking lot and get a free sample of Sharp’s Non Alcoholic Beer. Sharp’s is a product of the MillerCoors company.
Jessie Marianiello of Stray Dog Arts will be donating back to the Animal Humane Society 20% of all commissioned portraiture fees throughout the spring and summer. Find out more about her “Animals of AHS” project when you visit her tent in the Flealess Market.
The Dog Perk - The Dog Perk will donate $10 to the Animal Humane Society for every T-shirt sold at their tent in the Flealess Market! At The Dog Perk, it's not all about the dogs; it's about the people who love them TOO! Find one of a kind t-shirts and sweatshirts (what they like to call owner-wear). Click here to see their line, and then buy a shirt at the Walk to support the Animal Humane Society.
Kenwood Pet Clinic - Got a question for a veterinarian? Visit the Kenwood Pet Clinic tent in the south parking lot and Ask The Vet…for no charge. All critters are welcome!
Create your own doggie bowl with the One Hope Network - Visit the One Hope Network tent in the south parking lot and create your own colorful doggie bowls and bandanas. You will be able to take them home with you or donate them back to the Animal Humane Society in exchange for another goody from the One Hope Network. The One Hope Network is dedicated to increasing pet adoptions into permanent homes. It is supported by Purina ONE. Click here to learn more about the One Hope Network.
TRISTAN Publishing - Visit their tent in the Flealess Market and TRISTAN will donate to the Animal Humane Society 50% of all sales of their book, Paw Prints in the Stars. And post a paw print on their AHS dedication wall for $1, to be donated as well. Click here for more information.
Dozens of vendors at the Flea Less Market
Visit these vendors and corporate supporters in the Flealess Market and around the grounds:
3M Pet Care
Advanced Carpet Restoration
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Services
Animal Folks Minnesota
bark + biscuit
Bark Busters Home Dog Training
The Business Journal
Camp Bow Wow
Central Bark Doggy Day Care
Daniels Animal Portraits
Dog Day Getaway
The Dog Perk
Farmers Insurance Group
Fresh Air Training
Jakes on St. Croix
Karen Taggart Photography
Kenwood Pet Clinic
Minnesota Animal Chiropractic Care
Minnesota Boston Terrier Club
Minnesota Partners for Animal Welfare
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
One Hope Network by PurinaONE
Pampered Pooch Playgournd
Patrick Nau Photography
Pet Cremation Services of Minnesota
Pet Waste, Inc.
Professional Pet Sitters of MN
Red Wing Shoe Company
Robin Center Chiropractic
Spring Forest Qigong
Stray Dog Arts
Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank
The Urban Dog
Valley Creek Apartments
Village Green Companies
Thank you to our corporate supporters:
Park Midway Bank
Glenwood Inglewood Water