GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The 8th annual Dog Days Westonka takes place at Mound Harbor District on Auditor’s Road in Mound on Saturday, August 11. The event will kick off right at 9 a.m. with the blessing of the animals and then the annual pet costume parade.

“Pet Olympics” will be the theme highlighted again this year. Dogs will compete for bragging rights and prizes in doggie limbo, high jump and musical sit. There will also be a Cutest Puppy Contest.

New this year will be the agility run where people can bring their pets and run the course. Returning is the always popular Splash for Cash, where dogs compete in a long jump into Lake Minnetonka for cash prizes.

There will also be a Pet Expo, which will feature a nail trim booth, hydration booth, information about microchip implants, and a Smooch Your Pooch booth.

In addition, Xerxes, the Orono Police Department’s new service dog, the first of his kind to join a local police team will attend. He knows all about comforting and connecting with individuals experiencing fear, anxiety, or a mental health crisis.

The event benefits various pet programs serving the community, and local pet-related projects. For more information, click here.