Animal Idol Competition in Search of Performers

Producers of the Great Lakes Pet Exposition are searching for Wisconsin’s most talented pets to perform on stage and entertain thousands of pet lovers on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the Wisconsin Expo Center (State Fair Park).

Pets have been entertaining our audience for five years,” says Expo Founder Penny Romasko.  “It’s time to add to our entertainment line up.”   To do this, the producers of Wisconsin’s premier pet lovers’ event have decided to sponsor the first annual Animal Idol competition in concert with the Exposition.

The selected pet will receive a $500 cash prize and will appear as a featured act at the Great Lakes Pet Exposition in 2010 for the competition and in 2011 as a solo featured act.   Second and third prize winners will be featured on the Expo website where they could be discovered by pet talent scouts.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Petlicious Dog Bakery and Spa in Waukesha.   The top five most talented pets will be selected to appear on the main stage at the Great Lakes Pet Exposition.  Celebrity judges will host the competition complete with critiques and a winner will be selected and awarded the prize.

Every pet who auditions will receive two complimentary tickets to the Great Lakes Pet Expo (a $12.00 value).   The entrance fee for the competition is $20.   For more details visit the Expo website at:

Celebrate Howl-o-ween in Estabrook Park

Celebrate Howl-o-ween with Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP), Friends of Estabrook Park and the Village of Shorewood at the new Estabrook Park dog exercise area (DEA) on Sat, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress up your mutt and enter the canine costume contest. Judging begins at noon. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All attendees with a current DEA permit will be entered into a drawing to win some fun door prizes donated by Community Bark and Companion Natural Pet Food, two locally-owned businesses who are the events sponsors. Hot cider will be provided for human companions while canines will enjoy a special cake.

The new DEA at Estabrook Park (4400 E Estabrook Parkway, Shorewood) is 3 acres, fenced-in and features a separate small dog area. The DEA is located on the west side of the parkwary across from the pond in the northern half of the park closer to the Hampton Ave entrance. Estabrook is the first county park to have a DEA located within it. Granville and Runway Dog Exercise Areas are both designed only for off-leash dog exercise. A permit is required for regular use of the DEA. Annual permits are $20 and to obtain a permit, a dog must have a current license from their municipality and up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. For more information about the permits, visit

“We are thrilled to have another dog exercise area in Milwaukee County, especially one that is located on the east side. It’s been years of work to find a location on this side of town and the Village of Shorewood was a big help in making this happen. They provided some financial support and were open to the idea of locating a dog exercise area within an existing park – the first to follow this model in the county,” said Robin Barry, ROMP spokesperson. “With Estabrook, Milwaukee now has three dog parks which offer dogs and their human companions a variety of choices they can legally exercise their dogs off-leash.”

Granville, Milwaukee’s first DEA located on the northwest side of the county, offers a more wooded environment with trails and access to the Menomonee River. The Runway, located in Oak Creek, offers a 26-acres of fenced-in field with trails and a small dog exercise. Estabrook’s DEA, due to it’s size and location, fits seamlessly into the park creating a mix of recreation for the whole family to enjoy with a nearby playground, natural scenery and historic buildings. “It’s our hope that the new DEA at Estabrook will be a catalyst to the revitalization of the park and attract more families,” said Robin.

ROMP advocates for dedicated off-leash dog exercise areas in Milwaukee County and educates the community about responsible dog ownership. ROMP works closely with the Milwaukee County Parks System to ensure dogs have fenced-in places to run free and play safe. For more information about this event, ROMP, and off-leash dog exercise areas, visit

Animal Fairy Charities Launches Affiliate Program

Animal Fairy Charities launches affiliate program to help animal shelters and rescues raise funds for their organization during this tough economic climate. Animal Fairy Charities, Inc., a non profit organization and the creators of The Animal Fairy, will be offering other animal welfare organizations the chance to share in the sales of their popular holiday ornament and other related merchandise. The Animal Fairy Desk Piece and ornament symbolizes the guardian of all animals and was created to honor those for their years of service and commitment for caring for animals, to honor and pay tribute, to acknowledge those who love and care for animals, and as a commemoration for those who have lost a beloved pet. The organization is offering affiliate programs where animal shelters and rescues can earn a percentage of sales just by linking to Animal Fairy Charities store front and referring sales. “Last year our Animal Fairy Holiday Ornament was very popular”, said Debra Lopez, co founder of the organization. “With the holidays quickly approaching, this is a perfect time to get on board”, Lopez added.

For more information about Animal Fairy Charities Affiliate program, you can log onto or contact Debra Lopez at 262-989-0604. Animal Fairy Charities, Inc., Franklin, WI (established June 2007) is a Wisconsin based 501(c)3 non-profit organization following a “United Way” method by providing the Animal Welfare Industry and supporters a way to give to one entity, which are subsequently distributed as annual grants to other non-profits that advance their mission.

No Buddy Gets Left Behind

Ruffin’ It Resort, voted Best of Madison, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual ‘Great Pumpkin Bark Away’ to benefit SPCA: Operation Baghdad Pups “No Buddy Gets Left Behind” program.

Operation Baghdad Pups provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S. These important animals, befriended by our service heroes while deployed in war zones, not only help our troops cope emotionally during combat, but they also help them readjust to life back home. To learn more and to see photos from the various rescue missions, please visit

Throughout the month of October, Ruffin’ It Resort suggests a $5.00 donation for this special cause and in return individuals can choose a FREE pumpkin from Ruffin’ It Resort’s ‘pumpkin patch’. There are many pumpkins to choose from, all unique in shape and size, but all united to make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.

 As a final celebration to the month-long fundraiser, Ruffin’ It Resort will host their annual Howl-O-Ween Party. Humans and their four-legged ghouls & goblins are invited to join in the festivities on October 29th from 7:15-9:00 PM at Ruffin’ It Resort. A $5.00 door donation will provide guests with a night full of howling fun. There will be many ‘paw’riffic games, costume contests, photos, spirits & treats. Come and celebrate Howl-O-Ween and support Operation Baghdad Pups!

 To see pictures from last year’s Howl-O-Ween Party, please visit: