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Canines, masters urged to 'high-tail' to Stockholm's Dog Days

Three popular ingredients for any summer festival come together at the upcoming Stockholm Dog Days of Summer bash. Photo by Mary Anne Collins-Svoboda.1 / 2
WCCO-TV's Pat Kessler will again attend 'Dog Days', along with his pair of Pugs. Photo by Mary Anne Collins-Svoboda.2 / 2

STOCKHOLM -- Organizers of an annual dog-friendly festival are inviting area residents to pack the family and family pets and head for Stockholm, Aug. 5-6 for the annual Dog Days of Stockholm events.

Friday evening will feature "Wine, Cheese, Pie & Music Under the Stars" from 7-9:30 p.m. on the grounds of the historic school house. The event will feature live boogie rock and oldies by band Steve Meyer & The Blues Dogs. All ages are welcome to this dog-friendly event.

Saturday's festival in Village Park opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. with free doggie gift bags to all attendees, while supplies last.

Throughout the day, rescued dogs in need of good homes are showcased by local humane societies and shelters. Nearly all of the rescued dogs shown last year were adopted.

Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV will serve as emcee, along with his dog, Shelby.

Trophies will be awarded to canines in categories including Best Hair, Looks Most Like Their Owner, Best Smile, Best Dog Trick, Best Costume, and more. Dog demonstrations will feature a border collie herding ducks, a police K9 showing search and rescue moves, dog agility, dog Frisbie, grooming practices and more.

Speakers include Sage Lewis, host of The Pet Playground AM 950 and Barbara O'Brien, noted lifestyle photographer.

A silent auction of pet-related items will help raise money for the adoption cause and vendors will offer food for humans and pets, pet supplies, services and other wares.

Attendees are asked to bring a can or bag of dog food for the food shelf

Activities conclude at 7 p.m. at the Widespot Performing Arts Center with a performance by Dreamland Faces providing live accompaniment to two classic silent films, A Dog's Life, starring Charlie Chaplin, and Teddy at the Throttle, starring Gloria Swanson.

Attendees are asked to bring a can or bag of dog food for the food shelf.

For more information, visit the event's web site.