Beloit Public Library is 'Goin to the Dogs' in October

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BELOIT, Wis.—In October, Beloit Public Library, 409 Pleasant Ave., is hosting a series of dog-related activities and informational programing to help draw attention to man’s best friend and to the American Humane Society’s “Adopt-a-Dog” month.

Library Director Peg Bredeson, a confirmed dog lover, has wanted to do something like this for several years. She said that the programming is designed to educate and to entertain. Bredeson noted, “This is a great opportunity for individuals and families who are considering getting a dog to get excellent information that will help them choose and take care of the dog that is best for their situation and lifestyle.”

Besides the events, there will also be a gallery of dog photos at the library called the “Pupparazzi” gallery—a series of photos and bios of library patrons pets. Anyone can bring in a photo of their dog and fill out a short description about their pet, including its name and some interesting facts. For more information about the “Pupparazzi” or any of the following events, call 364-2905 or stop at the library information desk. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.—Dog Obedience Demonstration—Emily Nie from the Janesville Beloit Kennel Club will do a dog obedience demonstration in the Library Park. (The demonstration will be moved inside if it is raining).

Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.—“How to read your dog like a book”—Chelse Wieland, Canine Behavior Consultant and Family Dog Trainer for Dogs Best Friend, Ltd. and who is associated with the popular NPR radio call-in show Calling All Pets, will discuss dog psychology.

Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm.—“Meet Your Match: the right dog for your lifestyle”—Kimberly and Hawkeye the dog, from the Rock County Humane Society , will present a program that helps people find the perfect type of dog breed to fit into their families.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.—“Goin’ to the Dogs” Book Discussion—The book discussion group will read Marley & Me: Life & Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan and/or Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. Refreshments & Doggie Treat Recipes included! Margie Bertholomey, Beloit Public Library staff member and long-time organizer of the book group invites anyone who has read the book to come to the library for a friendly and lively discussion about these wonderful dog classics! Multiple copies of the books are available for checkout before the discussion.

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.—Service Dog Demonstration—Sarah Orsted Hartwig, from the Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS), will bring along her dogs to demonstrate their wonderful service skills. WAGS promotes independence for people with physical disabilities by providing highly skilled service, therapy and companion dogs. WAGS is a non-profit corporation affiliated with United Way of Dane County and is a member of Assistance Dogs International.

Monday Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.—Dog Health Care—Dr. Deanna Witte from the Clinton Veterinary Clinic will discuss dog health care issues.

In addition to the events and photo gallery, the library is kicking off its new Pet Memorial Fund. The fund provides a nice vehicle for owners and friends to pay tribute to a beloved pet. For a monetary donation, the library will place a special bookplate(s), inscribed with the name of the pet, the pet owner, and the donor inside each book, DVD or other library materials. The materials will be about animals and pets and will be enjoyed by many people in the community for years to come. For more information about the Pet Memorial Fund or any of the “Goin’ to the Dogs” month activities, call 364-2905 or go to the special “Goin’ to the Dogs” Web site:

From the Oct. 4-10, 2006, issue

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