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Monday, July 11, 2011

Wisconsin Welcomes Pets and Owners

If you’re the type who would never dream of vacationing without your precious pooch or fluffy feline, then pack up your pet carrier and start exploring pet-friendly Wisconsin.
Every dog should have their day in the sun, at least that’s the philosophy among a number of event organizers around Wisconsin. 
Bastille Days (July 14 to 17) is Milwaukee’s salute to all things French and that includes poodles. The festival features La Parade des Caniches – Pooch Parade for you non-French speakers – with fashionably costumed canines strutting their stuff.
Door County holds a Scottie Days gathering every May. Ripon’s big fall event, Septemberfest (September 17), includes a dog walk and pet parade. There’s also Cambridge’s Barktoberfest (October 9), which features demonstrations and a prize for the best owner/pet theme costume.
One event that is a must-experience for dog lovers is Dog Days of Stockholm, billed as a celebration of dogs and the arts. The 2011 event is slated for the weekend of August 5 and 6 and will feature a Smarty Paws Parade; dog contests with prizes for best smile, person who looks most like their pet and best trick; and dog-related art, music and literature. 
A getaway with your dog should include a stop at one of the state’s many pet-friendly state parks. Pattison State Park in Superior offers a 1-mile-long dog trail that links into the dogs welcome Logging Camp Trail. Lake Kegonsa State Park near Madison features a pier to teach your dog to jump into the lake. And don’t miss a chance to visit the Jefferson County Dog Park near Johnson Creek, rated among the top 40 in the country. 
For more information about top events in Wisconsin take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Wisconsin

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