GLOSS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS PRESENTS: PROJECT STELLA – A new charity benefiting The Wisconsin Humane Society

Gloss Photography Studios of Shorewood, in its continuing dedication to serving the community, is unveiling its new charity: Project Stella.  Named after owners Jaci and Sam Sumner’s recently rescued puppy Stella, Project Stella will work directly with The Wisconsin Humane Society to raise money for their cause.

Project Stella’s inaugural event will be held on Saturday March 27th  from 6-9 PM at Gloss Photography Studios located at 3805 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood.  From now up until the event, Gloss will be doing pet photoshoots and holding various contests online.  For all the details, visit and click the “Project Stella” link. 

Gloss Photography Studios was founded in 2005 by Jaci Sumner and specializes in fine art portraiture for weddings, families, babies, pets, seniors and more.  Gloss is always striving to give back to the community by hosting charity events and donating to silent auctions all over SE Wisconsin.

SIT, STAY AND GET YOU PAINTBRUSH WAGGIN’ – HAWS, Waukesha County Museum team up for art contest

WAUKESHA ­­— The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County and the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum will be holding a Student Art Showcase open to anyone, Kindergarten through Post High School .

 The artwork must show one of the following values we learn from our pets: Joy/Laughter, Friendship/Compassion, Love/Kindness, Loyalty or Nurturing.  HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik noted, “We often stress the importance of core values for our youth, and our pets demonstrate these values on a daily basis. We can learn so much from our pets!”

Student artists are encouraged to choose one of the values, and be creative! Original artwork should be either an 8×10” or 11×14” and use media such as watercolors, photography, and the like. Further details can be found on the entry form on the HAWS website. The entries must be received at HAWS on or before Monday, March 15, 2010. The winners of the Student Art Showcase will be announced at by Monday, March 29, 2010.

The “top dog” from each age (K-4th, 5th-8th, high school and post high school) and each value category will be chosen. The winners will receive a ribbon, as well as having their artwork framed and displayed at the Waukesha Museum during The Nature of Dogs exhibit, which is being showcased April 10  through June 12, 2010. After the museum exhibit, the artwork will return to HAWS where it will be PROMINANTLY and permanently displayed throughout the newly remodeled shelter!

For further details, and entry form or more information, visit The entry form must be included with the artwork when it is delivered to HAWS.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse. HAWS  is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha , Wisconsin . For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at Follow our blog at

7th Annual QuadruPedal Spring Century Challenge (benefits shelter)

The Iowa County Humane Society QuadruPedal Century ride is a fundraising cycling event held each year on the first Sunday in May! Mark your calendars for May 2, 2010 to come and challenge yourself to a 35, 55, 85, or 100 mile ride through the rolling hills of Iowa County. Here’s your chance to ride on some of the same roads used by the Dairyland Dare and Wright Stuff Century, but with full sag support, rest stops, showers and a meal when you finish. Get a full trial run in before summer kicks into high gear! This ride starts and ends at the Dodgeville Middle School. WHAT: 7th Annual QuadruPedal WHEN: May 2, 2010 WHERE: Dodgeville Middle School 951 West Chapel St. Dodgeville, WI 53533 REGISTRATION: Registration is $45, but if you register before April 15 you will receive a free t-shirt! Day of event registration is $55. Click here to register For more information check out the ICHS website All proceeds from this ride go to benefit the Iowa County Humane Society (ICHS). The ICHS is a non-profit, no kill animal shelter.

“Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest – Madison

Westside Family Pet Clinic  (WFPC) will kickoff their 2nd annual “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest at their Preventative Nutrition Open House which will be held on Jan. 16, 2010 from 12 to 2 PM. The open house will focus on the health benefits of ideal weight and evidence based supplements. The ideal weight contest will have 5 divisions:  “Biggest 4-Pawed Losers,” ”Iron Dogs,”  “Fat Cats,” “Special Care,” and a “Dog Pack Challenge.”  Both the open house and contest are free and open to the public.  WFPC encourages contestants to pledge to their favourite pet rescue organization based on pounds lost and they will have a donation matching program.

 “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest

Free Contest sign up and initial weigh-ins will begin during the open house on Jan. 16th from 12 to 2PM, will continue during the week of Jan 18 thru 23rd, and will close on Fri., Jan. 23rd at 5:30 PM. The contest will run for 8 weeks and includes educational seminars given by the Drs of WFPC on Sat January 16th and Wed Feb 17th. Prizes and awards will be given at the Grand Finale on Saturday March 13th.  Pictures from our 2008 & 2009 contests can be seen at   The following rescues participated and/or received donations at our 2009 contest: Friends of Ferals, Badger Kennel Club, Capital K-9’s, Dane County Humane Society, GRRoW, Madison Area Dachshunds, WAGS, Adopt-a-Husky , Wisconsin Westie Rescue and Angel’s Wish.

Preventative Pet Nutrition Open House

The open house will include preventative nutritional consultations, ideal weight assessments and supplements that have scientific evidence to support their effectiveness.  Drs

Ken Lambrecht, associate veterinarians, & our staff of Veterinary Technicians and assistants, and industry vendors will be on hand to answer nutritional questions on the most common preventative nutrition areas (ideal weight, dentistry, osteoarthritis) as well as the benefits of EPA & DHA (fish oils), joint supplements & probiotics. We will also have exercise demonstrations at  4 Paws Swim and Fitness  and experience sharing from previous contestants.


We hope this event will be educational with regard to the pet health benefits of preventative nutrition areas of ideal weight & evidence based supplements, raise funds for local rescue organizations and have fun in the process!  

Westside Family Pet Care Center is a full-service pet wellness and healthcare facility. To provide timely and comprehensive healthcare services we request that all contacts be made to our front desk at 608.271.5277.  Our hours are: Mon.-Thurs. 8AM-7PM; Fri. 8AM-6PM; and Sat. 8AM-12PM.

Please visit our website at for more information.

2010 Top Dog Model Contest in Waupaca

The Humane Society of Waupaca County, PawPaca, Countryside Animal Hospital, and the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center are again sponsoring the Next “Top Dog” Model contest, a fun-filled event that is open to “pampered pooches” throughout Wisconsin.  All dogs, mixed breed and purebred, are invited to participate in the Next “Top Dog” Model event which take place at PawPaca, 701 S. Industrial Dr. east of Waupaca just off of Hwy. 22/54.
This year there will be two events, the preliminary contest will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 PM. At the preliminary event 10 finalists in the small dog (40 pounds and less) category and 10 dogs in the large dog category (41 pounds and over) will be selected to appear in the final event on January 27 at 7 PM at PawPaca. During the preliminary event, all the dogs will appear two times. The first appearance will feature the dog “au naturel” (wearing their collar and leash). The second time will feature each dog doing a trick (i.e. speak, shake, high 5, roll-over, etc.). 
On Wednesday, January 27, the finalists will “strut their stuff” on the “runway” at Pawpaca, and a Small “Top Dog”…Model, a Large “Top Dog”…Model, and a “Canine Congeniality” winner will be selected by the audience and the panel of judges. The dogs will appear three times: the first time “au naturel”; the second time in attire that expresses their personality, (i.e. formal wear, hiking gear, sporting attire, etc.), and the third time will be the talent portion where each dog will do a trick, i.e. sit, shake, speak, etc. 
Judging will be based on the same type of things you would judge on for a modeling competition including poise and panache. The winning dogs will be both engaging and well-mannered. Selection of the finalists at the preliminary competition will be determined by both the audience vote (50%) and the vote of a panel of judges (50%). The two “Top Dog”…Model winners the final night will be determined the same way. The “Canine Congeniality” winner will be determined by audience vote alone.
To enter the contest, each dog’s guardian must submit an entry form to the Humane Society of Waupaca County by January 15, 2010 accompanied by a $20 entry donation. 10 finalists in the Big Dog Class and 10 finalists in the Small Dog Class will be selected at the preliminary event on January 20 to participate in the final event on January 27, 2010.  
General admission to the Next “Top Dog”…Model preliminary event will be $2 and $5 for the final event. Each paid spectator will be able to vote for the dog who they think should win the Large “Top Dog”…Model and Small “Top Dog”…Model categories and the “Canine Congeniality” award.
Entry forms and contest rules are available at PawPaca and the Humane Society of Waupaca County which are in Waupaca, at the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in New London, and online at   All proceeds from the Next “Top Dog” Model event will benefit the Humane Society of Waupaca County dog adoption programs, so please enter and attend this fun-filled event!