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Third Annual Mini Aussie Fun Day and Reunion

MARS Mini Aussie Fun Day Fundraiser

Fido’s Farm, Olympia, WA Sunday, October 21,[masked]:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join MARS for a full day of fun at Fido’s Farm. Meet other Mini Aussie owners, swap stories, and show off your dog.

Herding Evaluations
Have you ever wondered if your dog would herd sheep? Here’s your chance to find out. Chris will offer herding evaluations for $25 per dog. Your dog must wear a flat buckle collar for the herding evaluation. Herding evaluations start at 10:00 AM.

Get-togethers mean food! Please bring snack food or lunch food. Snacks will be available all day, and we will have lunch together around 1:00.
There will be a variety of dog-related and rescue-themed products to purchase. All proceeds will go to support the foster dogs of MARS.
Please be prepared for rain. Dress appropriately and wear waterproof shoes or boots.

Remember that Fido’s is a working farm.

All dogs must be on a four-foot or six-foot lead. No retractable leashes (Flexi-Leads®) will be permitted. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccines. If you are planning on doing a herding evaluation, your dog must wear a flat buckle collar.

Fido’s is also hosting a herding trial at the same time as Fun Day, so there will be an opportunity to watch trained herding dogs in action. If you prefer, off-leash fields will be available for play. There is a self-service bathing area to wash your dog following the fun.

Cost: Admission is free. There is a $25 fee per dog for a herding evaluation. All breeds are welcome.

The event is open to everyone, whether or not you are a MARS adopter, volunteer, or supporter. Please email [masked] to reserve a time for a herding evaluation. All others can drop in at any time during the day, although it would be helpful to know in advance if you’re planning on attending.

Instructor
Chris Soderstrom | Herding Instructor and Owner of Fido’s Farm
Chris loves to help dog-handler teams discover the joy of herding livestock, whether it is for herding trials, farm work or pure fun. Chris has a degree in Animal Husbandry and has managed livestock and horse operations since 1970. After many years of moving livestock on foot, she discovered the magic of the herding dog. Since then, Chris and her Kelpies have competed successfully in the open field format alongside Border Collies. Chris’ home-trained Rosie was the second Kelpie in history to qualify for Border Collie Handlers Association National Nursery Finals. Her students, both human and dog, enjoy herding trial success with a wide variety of breeds, including Mini and Toy Aussies.

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