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Pet briefs (Aug. 11)

  • Published Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Dog Days swim on Monday to benefit Kansas Humane Society

Dog Days of Summer, an annual swim for dogs that benefits the Kansas Humane Society, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at College Hill Pool, 304 S. Circle Drive.

Dogs are invited to wade, paddle or dive and participate in contests like long jump, Frisbee catch and largest and smallest dog.

Owners can wade knee-deep with their dogs in the shallow end of the chlorine-free pool or let the dogs jump by themselves into the deep end, the city of Wichita’s website says.

Admission is a minimum donation of $10 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per owner. A large portion of the proceeds benefits the Kansas Humane Society.

All dogs must be leashed when not in the pool or participating in contests and must be current on all vaccinations, including rabies.

Veterinarian to speak on pain management

The Wichita Kennel Club will have a special guest speaker at its Monday meeting, and the public is welcome to attend.

Veterinarian Michael Johnson will specialize in chronic pain management for animals in his new practice at Willowbend Animal Hospital.

His speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Wichita Kennel Club, 3448 N. Emporia, with a business meeting to follow.

For more information, call 316-744-8400.

Family Dog offers week of classes, workshops

Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center, 69th Street North and Hoover Road, is offering special classes and workshops next week tailored to meet dog owners’ needs and spark new interests.

• “Knock, Knock: Where are your manners?” – Aug. 14 and 16

Does the sound of the doorbell or a knock at the door send your house into chaos and your pup into a frenzy of excitement? Learn how to teach your pup to behave when someone is at the door. This two-day session will focus on relaxation techniques, door etiquette and ways to keep your dogs from launching off the shoulder blades of your guests. Class time is 6 p.m., and the cost is $40 for the two-day session.

• “Doggone Olympics!” – Aug. 18

Let the games begin! Join us for a morning of bobbing for hot dogs, treat toss, distance catch, the doggone dash and more. Bring a Kong or two for the Kong Challenge and stuff them full of rewards at the Kong Bar before you leave. Open to all dog- and people-friendly dogs. Starts at 9 a.m.; cost is $20.

Enrollment and proof of vaccinations are required. All annual vaccinations must be up to date, for rabies, DHP-PV and bordetella. Call 316-755-2839 to enroll or for more information.

Bunny TNT club to celebrate 6th birthday

Bunny TNT, a club for people who own and love bunnies, is celebrating its sixth birthday on Aug. 19 at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.

The Bunny TNT Birthday Bash will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby, and no admission will be charged.

There will be displays about bunny care, members who will share information about bunnies, bunnies for petting and an art activity for children. Bunnies will be available for adoption, and there will be a drawing for prizes.

For more information, call Joyce Gedraitis at 316-683-1122 or e-mail grandmabunnyep@yahoo.com.

RETAIN dog wash to be set up in Bel Aire

Got a hot, dirty dog? Let volunteers with RETAIN get your pooch cool and clean, with proceeds going to a good cause.

Every Saturday through Sept. 1, weather permitting, volunteers will wash dogs from 1 to 4 p.m. outside Heartland Animal Hospital, 4100 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire. Donations of $4 for a small or medium-size dog and $5 for a large dog are requested.

Proceeds go to Responsible and Ethical Treatment of Animals in Neighborhoods, a local nonprofit group that helps pay for spay and neuter surgeries for pets.

Compiled by Diane McCartney

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