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Tails on the Trail fetches funds for animal shelter

Cretia Paff arrived from Thorp, Wisc. to attend the event - and meet the critters - with daughter/shelter volunteer Lyn Meyers. (Submitted photo)1 / 6
Cool temperatures did not deter the walkers raising funds for the Headwaters Animal Shelter. Notable fundraiser Deanna Center (front, right) led the walk. (Photos by Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)2 / 6
Homer, under the tutelage of Micah Yliniemi, displayed his prowess on the obstacle course.3 / 6
Nakita Boyd, with American pit bulls Rufus, left, and Rhonda, was the winner in the adult category for pledges. More than $4,000 was raised in the first Tails on the Trail Pet Expo and Dog Walk Saturday in Heartland Park.4 / 6
Mimi Long and her French Briard earned third place in the "pet that looks most like its owner" contest.5 / 6
Megan Martin holds the the winner of the "cutest dog" contest. Iten was an orphan, adopted and bottle raised by Martin.6 / 6

It was a doggone good time for all.

The weather may have snarled a bit, but Tails on the Trail proved to be tail waggin' fun, with more than $4,000 raised for the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

The Dog Walk drew approximately 30 people and hounds who headed down the Heartland Saturday morning.

Pledge winners included 10-year-old Cody Smith of Park Rapids in the 12 and under age group ($285). Logan Aho, 17, of Wolf Lake was top dog in the 13- to 18-year- olds ($166) and Nakita Boyd claimed the adult title ($310).

Savanna Deitchler captured the coveted "Pet who looks most like its owner" title with her French poodle, Paris.

Both added a turquoise hue to their coiffures.

And Iten proved to be the Titan in the cutest dog contest. Judges were wowed by dog trainer Megan (Wagner) Martin's 12-week-old orphan pup, a "mix" that was bottle raised.

Twenty-nine proud owners entered their canines in the "cute" competition.

By day's end, 19 pets were in line to be micro-chipped; five with vouchers.

David Vik of Park Rapids claimed the grand prize, a one night's stay at Northern Lights Casino and Hotel in Walker.