2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the OMHS spring event, Howl and Meow! The Board of Directors is pleased to present an event with a variety of features that are sure to be a pleasurable experience for visitors of all ages.
Howl and Meow
Sunday, May 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street, Richland Center
Schedule for the day:
10-11a.m. Registration for the Pet Walk
10 a.m. Plant Sale begins
10 a.m. Grand and Glorious Food Stand opens… special canine lunch this year.
10:15-11:15 a.m. Madison Area Herpetological Society presents "Native Species, a program about the turtles, toads, snakes, salamanders, and frogs you may see in your garden, your lawn, while hunting for the elusive Morel mushrooms, or just on a walk in the woods.
11:15 to 12 noon Pet Walk... see details about the pet walk below.
12:10 to 1:00 p.m. Just for Fun Obstacle Course for Dogs: No special training for this fun event. All dogs are winners and receive a treat for participating. We have some new obstacles this year. If you don't have a dog to enter into this event, please join the great audience that is so appreciative of the dogs and their companions as they maneuver through the obstacles. There are a lot of misses and non-jumps but it is all just for fun!
1:00-1:30 "Cats and Dogs, Snakes and Frogs:" Dion Kempthorne, English professor emeritus and former dean at UW-Richland will discus how our companionship with dogs and cats increases self-understanding. He will read his poetry and the words of others to provide a thoughtful look at pets and animals as they enhance our lives.
1:30- -1:45 Announcements...Pet Walk winners, Mascots for the Year, Quarter Raffle Winners, Results of the Focus on Pet's Photo Contest.
2:00 Howl and Meow concludes! Thank you for attending.
Pet Walk Specifics: The annual Pet Walk is a pledge-sponsored outing that determines the Canine and Feline/Other Pet Species Mascots for the year. Enter your pet in the walk and ask your family members, friends, neighbors to sponsor your amazing pet to be the OMHS Mascot. Dogs, cats, and any species of pet can be a mascot… turtles, reptiles, birds, you name it. Just raise the $$ to win the contest. Online donations are accepted, too. You can download the Pet Walk form here.
Besides being honored as the Mascot of the Year, you and your pet will win Chamber Bucks that can be redeemed at many, many local businesses. First prize is $100 in Chamber Bucks. Second prize is $75 in Chamber Bucks and Third prize is $25 ion Chamber Bucks. Of course, your pet will be hoping you spend the entire prize winnings on pet food and treats!
Plant Sale: A variety of plants will be selling at Howl and Meow with the proceeds earmarked for the Spay Neuter Program. There will be vegetable plants, perennials, and some house plants, and from Lincolnway Nursery, donated shrubs, berry bushes, and trees!
If you have some seedlings started and would like to donate to the Plant Sale, please call 608-647-3461. We ask that plants be potted… please do not bring a bucket with palnts and dirt to be potted at the event. We do not have enough volunteers to accomplish that task. You can pot your young plnts inpaper or plastic dringkiing cups… just poke a hole in the bottom for drainage. If you have garden related items to donate, contact OMHS via email.. see contact us. We hope to have a very fine sale to help support this important program.
Mother's Day Gift Offers: For a cost of $25 the special honor for a Mom includes one copy of the "Purrfect Recipes for the Whole Doggone Family," the newly published OMHS cookbook and, either a hand-wrapped bouquet of fresh flowers from Added Touch Floral OR a Mary Kay care product with a value from $16 to $25…you select the product for your special mom.
Copies of "Purrfect Recipes" will be for sale at Howl without the Gift offer, of course. Get your copy soon. Our inventory is shrinking fast!
Pets in Focus Photo Contest: Bring a 4×6 or larger, un-matted, un-framed photo of your pet(s) and enter the contest! The most popular photo is determined by the amount of $$ raised in the container with your pet's photo number on it. Please do not put your pet's name on the front of the photo!!! The contest begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:15. Winner is awarded $25 in cash. Start taking photos of your special pet(s) now to be ready for May 5.
Rural Route 1 Popcorn at Howl: We are pleased to announce that we will have best selling RR1 Popcorn for sale at Howl. No waiting for delivery… we will have buckets of popcorn right here at the event. Flavors are: Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese, Mud Puddles, Microwave Butter. This is our first experience with RR 1 so we are limiting the flavors to the recommended best sellers. Stock up for summer popcorn fun at Howl!
The Grand and Glorious Food Stand:What would Howl and Meow be without great food! The happy crew will be serving homemade barbeque, Chicago style hot dogs with the traditional condiments, and homemade potato salad. Home baked pies and ice cream will top off your lunch.
Have Lunch with your Dog:Where else but Howl and Meow can you take your dog for a walk and then sit down with him/her and have lunch together? The Grand and Glorious menu will feature a special hot dog item for your canine companion's special lunch.
The Quarter Raffle: Buy a bunch of tickets for 25 cents each and bid by placing tickets into the containers near the item you hope to win. Bring some of your return address labels to stick onto the tickets to save the time of writing your name on each one. We hope to have many quality items in the raffle such as pet food and treats, very nice stuffed toy animals, maybe some collectible items. household goods and items. AND if you would like to donate a clean, lightly used or new item, please call 608-647-3461 or email OMHS.
Tees/Caps/Memberships:Sweatshirts, Tees, Caps in terrific colors will be available at the membership table. OMHS welcomes new and renewal membership. We have not raised the cost of dues since OMHS became an organization in 2001!
Just for Fun Dog Obstacle Course:This is a fun course for dogs and handlers right from the get-go. Each dog and handler are given a number upon registering for the course and announced as they start the course… the OMHS nod at the big dog shows you see on television. The registration form asks for information such as age, weight, favorite treats, favorite foods, favorite places to nap, special tricks or habits that are interesting, and where We have two tunnels, two sets of weave poles, a ramp, a stop and sit area, and four jumps of varying heights for dogs and handlers to experience. This is a favorite event for the audience, as well, as everyone hopes each and every dog performs well. But if they refuse to jump or sit, the audience still encourages the with ooooo's and ahhhhhh's. Each dog is a winner and receives a choice treat.
Howl and Meow will be a fine day of fun, food, and learning. There is no charge for admission. Mark your calendar now to volunteer or to attend the event.