Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run Q&A


What is the Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run?

The Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run is one of our 4 main events that we hold throughout the year to raise money for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society! Several riders will participate in this fundraiser by driving out to 4 bars just outside the city of Sioux Falls to collect stamps before arriving at the final location to receive their poker hand.


What is the admission to participate?

$15/hand if you pre-register and $20/hand if you register the day of the event. You can register at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society or on our website,, or you can register at J&L Harley-Davidson.


How long has the SFAHS been doing a Poker Run?

This is the 18th annual Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run.


Has it always been called the Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run?

It used to be called “Paws for a Cause,” but we recently re-vamped it and this is the first year we are using the name Cruisin’ for Critters.


Can people register for the Poker Run the day of the event?

You can register the day off! It will cost $20/hand the day of and we will hold registration at J&L Harley-Davidson from 11am-1pm this Saturday, May 27th.


For someone who’s never done one, how does the Poker Run work?

After registering at J&L Harley-Davidson, you’ll follow a map to visit 4 locations before ending at our final stop where you will be dealt a poker hand. Winners of those hands will be announced, as well as the winner of our 50/50 drawing!


Do you have to have a Harley motorcycle to participate?

You do not! We have quite a few people who participate in the Poker Run and they drive in their cars to each location.


Can any age take part in the Poker Run?

Any age is welcome. You have to be 18 to play a poker hand, but we have kids every year that tag along with their parents. We even have a “Youngest Rider” prize this year!


Where do you start the Poker Run at?

We’ll start with registration at J&L Harley-Davidson from 11am-1pm. Even if you’ve pre-registered, we’ll still all meet out at J&L so we can distribute the forms, the maps, and the t-shirts!


What are the stops on the Poker Run route?

J&L Harley-Davidson for registration

212 Boiling Point in Brandon

Monarch Lounge in Renner

The Goat Bar and Grill in Hartford

Shenanigans in Sioux Falls

Fresh Horses in Harrisburg


What happens at the last stop?

At the last stop you will be dealt your Poker hand! We’ll give away the prizes for those hands and announce the winner for the 50/50 drawing.


What are the prizes for the winners?

The prizes vary for each “winner.” The prize packages are a variety of gift cards, hotel stays, t-shirts, vehicle cleaning items, and much more, from several companies within Sioux Falls!


Where do you register for the 50/50 drawing?

You can buy tickets for the 50/50 drawing at registration or at Fresh Horses before we announce the prizes!


How will the money raised be used at the SFAHS?

The money raised will go directly to the Humane Society and caring for our animals until they find their FURever home! We’ll use it to purchase beds, toys, food, medicine, etc.


What is your biggest need for donations at the SFAHS?

We have a wish list on our website and now we have an amazon wish list –   Food is always a big one, especially now that its kitten season. We always serve our animals Purina dog/cat food, so that’s always needed!

Q&A with Woofs & Waves

Woofs & Waves is a new pet store on the east side of Sioux Falls. Find out more about them and their store in our latest Q&A with Justin, owner of Woofs & Waves – with a couple unique questions thrown in!

What inspired you to start Woofs & Waves?

It has always been a passion of mine to open my own pet store.  It took years of planning and discussing details with my business partner, Mark, before we actually to the first step in starting our own store.  Having been in the industry for a while we were able to design a business plan that aligned with the things we wanted to improve on in the industry.

L to R: Justin Shatto, Christine Gillick & Mark Olesen

Tell us about Woofs & Waves?

Woofs and Waves is thrilled to be the first pet store of its kind to be able to service the east side of Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. We have a wide variety of high quality dog and cat food in addition to an extensive line of food and supplies for reptiles and small animals. In addition to food, supplies, treats and toys for all pets, our store also features an impressive selection of saltwater, freshwater and exotic fish. Showcasing 83 tanks and over 5000 gallons of water, we have the perfect addition to any aquarium. We also specialize in the knowledge and experience to keep any aquarium in optimum condition.

Our pets are our family and we have a knowledgeable staff with over 50 years of combined experience who can help provide nutrition and behavior education for all pet parents. We are excited for the opportunity of serving residents on the east side Sioux Falls and look forward to being a part of it’s continued growth.

Woofs&Waves (8 of 14)What experience do you have in the pet industry?

I started in the pet industry when I was 14 years old and have been working off and on throughout the years.  My passion is for aquariums and I learned everything I know from my business partner Mark (who has been in the aquatics industry for 25+ years).  At the store I’m known as the African Cichlid expert.

What types of products do you sell?

We sell a little bit of everything.  From Small Animal, Bird and Reptile supplies to a variety of all natural foods and treats for your dogs and cats.  We also sell many standard and custom aquariums, aquarium products and supplies, and pride ourselves on the variety of fresh, saltwater, and exotic fish that we consistently have in stock.

Do you support local small businesses who have pet items by selling them in your store?

We always shop local whenever we have the chance.  One of our biggest grooming suppliers is Groomers Choice, an international grooming supply company.  We also carry a product called the Portion Paw which was designed and created here in Sioux Falls.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for about 6 months.  Our first day of business was 11/16/15.

What made you decide to open on the east side of Sioux Falls?

We wanted to open on the east side of Sioux Falls because there was a great need that wasn’t being met.  Eastern Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities (Brandon, Northwest Iowa, and Southwest Minnesota) would have to drive clear across town to get the quality pet supplies they need.

Do you have any special events or hosting a rescue group coming up?

At this time the only special event we have coming up is our Grand Opening event coming up on Saturday, June 11th 2016.

Do you have any pets? If so, do they come to the store with you?

I have a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Ava.  She will come to the store occasionally, but she gets anxious when she does because of the open field right next door that she feels she needs to run in constantly.  Christine will bring her dog occasionally and we always have our customers bringing in their dogs to come check out the store!  YES, customers’ dogs are always welcome at our store as long as they are leashed.  We love to have guests come visit us!

If you could pick your favorite celebrity pet, who would it be?

I don’t follow pop-culture very often, but I always enjoy hearing stories of service dogs (civilian and military) that dedicate their lives to loving and caring for their owners.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

If I could be any animal it would have to be a dog.  I think it’s self-explanatory why!


5426 E. Arrowhead Pkwy.  Sioux Falls, SD 57110

(605) 274-9663


Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography

DTSF Installs Five Pet Waste Dispensers


Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) and the Downtown Resident Committee completed the installation of five pet waste stations in the downtown area, which include pet waste bags and receptacles.

A volunteer construction crew from Jans Corporation completed the installation of the 5 dispensers on Friday, with donated materials from DooGooders.

The stations were placed in areas that residents utilize to walk their pets, where no current stations exist. Public input was gathered from downtown property owners, residents and business owners. Pet stations are located at Fawick Park North, Falls Park West, the South entrance of the First Avenue Parking Ramp, Carnegie Town Hall at 10th & Dakota and Federal Plaza East near First Avenue.

2,200 residents are currently living in downtown Sioux Falls, and many residences are pet-friendly. DTSF will distribute Good Neighbor Guides to property owners, business owners and residents, which contain a map listing each location.

“The purpose of the Downtown Resident Committee is to connect downtown stakeholders through social events and volunteer opportunities that advance our downtown community, and they advocate for the issues that help improve the quality of life in our downtown district,” said Brienne Maner, DTSF Communications & Membership Manager. “We have been working to foster residential growth in the central business district, and this project helps us meet our goal by making it more convenient for pet owners to enjoy living downtown.”

Having pet waste stations available will help keep downtown clean, attractive, and more inviting to visitors. The DTSF Clean & Green Team is handling the maintenance of the five dispensers, which will be emptied regularly.

Thanks to the following community partners for their support of the project: City of Sioux Falls – Community Development, Downtown Resident Committee, DooGooders, Jans Corporation, and Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation.

Photo by Reistroffer Design.

Information provided by:

Brienne Maner
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
605-338-4009 ext. 12

Luna Struts her Stuff at Strut Your Mutt

Luna the dog star of Relativity's "Hector and the Search for Happiness" joins Lassie at the Best Friend's Strut Your Mutt Festival in the Pacific Palisades, CA. on September 6th 2014.

Luna the dog star of Relativity’s “Hector and the Search for Happiness” joins Lassie at the Best Friend’s Strut Your Mutt Festival in the Pacific Palisades, CA. on September 6th 2014.

Hector and the Search for Happiness Star Luna Struts her Stuff at Strut Your Mutt

When it comes to finding happiness it doesn’t get much easier than a day full of wagging tails and furry paws. To help promote the upcoming release of, “Hector and the Search for Happiness, “ Relativity Media along with DOG for DOG took part in the Best Friends Animal Society’s, Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt fundraising walk, and brought Luna, the Boston Terrier, dog star, of the film along to lead the team.

Luna met the public like any true star would, posing for pictures with the press, taking selfies with fans and even taking time to meet up for a quick photo shoot with the other canine star in attendance, Lassie.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” comes to theaters on September 19, 2014, and along with Luna, the film stars, Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.  The film follows, Pegg’s character as he travels the globe in the search of the secret to happiness.

Treat a Shelter!



Dog for Dog has EXTENDED the nomination period one week through Friday August 22nd!

DOG for DOG announces the launch of their nationwide  “Treat a Shelter” giveaway on Tuesday August 6th, 2014. The giveaway is being hosted on the DOG for DOG  Facebook page ( and the company is directing everyone to nominate their favorite shelter or rescue for a chance to win a combination of their DOGTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™ to be donated to the shelter or rescue for an entire year. Nominations are being accepted from August 4-15, 2014.  DOG for DOG will narrow down the nominations to the top 50 finalists and allow fans to vote for them via Facebook. Final voting is from August 18-24, 2014.  The 20 shelters and rescues to receive the most votes will each receive treats for an entire year.

To engage in a huge nationwide contest like this where every shelter and rescue across the country has a chance at winning, requires major corporate participation and Cathay Bank has agreed to support our cause and cover the costly shipping expenses of the prizes that will be shipped to winners.  Additionally, Walgreens will be carrying DOG for DOG treats in select stores for a limited time, and The Hollywood Reporter helping spread the word by featuring DOG for DOG in their special pet issue in August.

“Having wonderful supporters like Cathay Bank is crucial to DOG for DOG, as it allows us to run these types of contests which gives us the ability to help more dogs in need. Without their commitment, this type of contest wouldn’t be possible,” commented Rocky Kanaka, Founder and President of DOG for DOG.

The “’Treat a Shelter” giveaway follows on the heels of the company’s hugely successful Feed A Shelter contest which ran earlier this summer and selected a deserving shelter to receive a year’s supply of the company’s DOGSFOOD™. Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, LA was picked as the grand prize winner based on fan votes.

DOG for DOG is a mission based dog food company with the mantra “You Buy One, We Give One.” For every bag of the company’s food or treats you buy one is donated to a shelter or rescue in your area. DOGTREATS™ are all natural, made in the USA and offered in a variety of flavors. In addition to DOGSTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™, the company offers a line of premium grade dry dog food, DOGSFOOD™ as well as DOGSBUTTER™. The company’s product line uses high-quality ingredients. Walgreens will be carrying the DOGSTREAT™ line in their stores for a limited time in support of the contest. The full line of DOG for DOG products can be found  at retailers across the country and on

Cathay Bank is a subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATY).  Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of financial services. It currently operates 32 branches in California, nine branches in New York State, three in the Chicago, Illinois area, three in Washington State, two in Texas, one in Massachusetts, one in Nevada, one in New Jersey, one in Hong Kong, and a representative office in Taipei and in Shanghai. Cathay Bank’s website is found at

About DOG for DOG

Based in Santa Monica, California, DOG for DOG is an all-natural dog food and treat brand with a mission to help dogs in need.  For every item sold, one is donated to a dog in need. The company’s philosophy is “You buy one, we give one.” For more information go to

Brookings Summer Arts Festival

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photo courtesy of Bill’s Bot Shop

If you’ve never been to the Brookings Summer Arts Festival, I highly suggest you make a trip there next year. If you are a regular attendee, I suspect we share the same feeling of fieriness when that weekend in July comes around!

Last weekend, a friend and I traveled up I-29 to Brookings, SD for an afternoon of soaking up the sun and the festivities of local music, some of the region’s best artists and craftsmen, food and even antiques. This festival has been going strong for over four decades and currently had over 200 vendors.

One of our missions for the day was to find products and art that portrayed our furry friends. Pets are a huge part of our lives so why not decorate our homes and gardens with art that represents them!

Of course, no surprise here, our first stop was at a booth who was selling dog bandanas: Cheryl’s Favorite Things. Although pets were not allowed at the festival, I still had Nellie on my mind! So after rummaging through the samples, I finally found one that I thought would look good on Nellie. (She LOVES bandanas! – I do not know why).


Hands down, my favorite booth at the whole festival (besides the homemade Root Beer) was Bill’s Bot Shop. I spotted this little guy named Sweet Boy.


“Bill creates robot sculptures from a variety of materials acquired from thrift and antique shops, yard sales, recycle shops, flea markets and hardware stores. The results are unique and one-of-a-kind robot sculptures.” {says their website}.

After talking a moment with Bill, they directed me to their website where I then found these two robots (and the one at the beginning of the story). Are these not the most amazing pieces of art you’ve ever seen?!


photo courtesy of Bill’s Bot Shop


photo courtesy of Bill’s Bot Shop

I also noticed while perusing their website that Bill studied Fine Arts at the University of South Daktoa – I knew I like that guy! I am a USD alum myself. Spending 4 years in the art department at USD was some of the best times of my life. Go ‘Yotes!

Next, we found some metal art by Wildlife Imagery. They are based out of Mankato and have several wildlife, hunting, fishing, dogs and other designs. We thought these were cool because they are water jet cut!



Deb Leilani Photography had a booth with some of her products. We just love seeing photos of Calvin!

Whittles and Bits was another favorite of ours. These would be perfect for your home or garden!



I thought this was super cool, too, for your patio or garden.


The last place we stopped at before heading home was at the antiques section. And then I found this… not exactly sure what it is or how it’s supposed to be a toy. But it has some pretty interested graphics and parts!



Until next year!

Pet Fire Safety

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July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day. Did you know that nearly 1,000 fires are accidentally started by pets and approximately 500,000 pets are affected by house fires annually? We’ve compiled a list of seven tips on how to keep your pet safe from a house fire.

1. Include your pet in your family’s fire safety plan. Arrange in advanced a safe place for them to stay in the event that you have to leave your home. Make your pets their own disaster supply kit. You can find a list of what to include here.

2. Remove or cover the knobs on your stove before you leave your home. Exploring stove tops is the number one way that fires are started by pets.

3. Don’t leave open flames unattended. This includes candles, fireplaces or any other type of open flame. Cats are notorious for accidentally knocking over lit candles with their tails and starting fires. Make sure candles are in proper holders and on stable surfaces. To be extra safe, consider investing in flameless candles.

4. Attach a pet alert window cling to your front window. Write down the number of pets in your home, and make sure it is updated. These window clings alert fire rescuers that there are animals in your house and helps them to locate your pets quickly.

5. Secure any wires or cords and keep them out of your pets reach. This is especially important for cats, since they are likely to play with anything that looks like string.

6. Keep pets near the entrance of your home when you’re away. This allows fire rescuers to locate them as quickly as possible. Also make sure to keep collars on your pets and leashes in plain sight in case your pets have to be taken out of the house by rescuers.

7. Make sure you have plenty of fire detectors. There should be at least one on every floor of your house.  If you’re away a lot, consider getting monitored fire detectors. If any smoke is detected in your home, these monitors will alert a call center.

{by Brittany, fetch! intern}


Editor’s note: Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog has several resources for you and your family to learn about fire safety.

SD Flight Dogs

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There are many organizations that run Dock Jumping events. The most popular ones are Dock Dogs and Super Retriever Series (SRS) Super Dock, both established in the year 2000. The Incredible Dog Challenge was the first to have Dock Jumping competition in 1997.

The Dock

The dock is 8 foot wide by 40 foot long and is 2 foot above the water. For the safety of the dogs, make sure the body of water they are jumping in is free from debris and at least 4 foot deep.

Distance Measuring Procedure

Dock Dogs and SRS both measure from the lateral midpoint of the end of the dock to where the base of the dog’s tail breaks the water’s surface. This is done with digital video freeze frame technology.

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Big Air (Super Fly) – This is the long jump for dogs. The dog is placed anywhere on the 40’ dock, the dog runs and jumps in after a toy. The record jump is 25’.

Extreme Vertical (Super Fly) – This is the high jump for dogs. The dog starts at the 20’ mark on the dock and runs and jumps to releases a bumper that is suspended above the water with magnets. The bumper toy is extended out 8’ from the dock and starts at 4’6” and goes up 2” increments. The record is 8’ high.

Speed Retrieve (Super Speed) – This event is a timed event. At the far end of the pool a toy is suspended 2” above the water. The dog is placed at the 20’ mark, when the light turns green the dog is released and the time stops when the dog releases the toy from the bracket. Dock Dogs 101 Iron Dog (Super Triathlon) – This is a triathlon for dogs. The dog will compete in the three above events; the dog with the highest total score is the Iron Dog.

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If your dog loves to retrieve and loves the water, Dock Dogs may be the perfect sport for your dog.

Tips on Training

When training your dog for Dock Dogs the first training step is to get your dog to jump off the edge of the dock into the water. This is done by using your dog’s favorite toy and encouraging them to jump in. Once your dog is jumping into the water without hesitation add speed by placing the dog further back on the dock. When your dog is using the full 40’ length of the dock you are ready to improve your jumping distance by adding height. Height can be added by using the proper throwing technique to get your dog to extend for the toy.

South Dakota Flight Dogs

SD Flight Dogs has a four week basic / intermediate class for both Big Air and Extreme Vertical competitions

Current Location: Lake Brandt, SD

Cost: $40 per dog – Class size 8 dogs, sign up to reserve your spot at:

Local Dock Dog Events for South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD SRS – Scheels August 9th

If you would like to learn more about Dock Dogs, contact your local Dock Training provider at or 605-201-2861. Find them on facebook here!

{Info and photos provided by SD Flight Dogs}


Netties Spay & Neuter Benefit

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Annette Hof’s bucket list someday might include exotic vacations and daring adventures, but first she wants to check off something much more humble and a lot closer to her heart.
The Crooks woman wants to make it easier for homeless dogs and cats to find someone to take them in. That’s why, so far, she has paid the veterinarian fees for neutering or spaying five dogs and three cats out of her pocket.
Hof, who holds down two jobs, feels that strongly about making sure unloved animals can find a permanent place to live, and she knows that’s much more likely to happen if the prospective pets can’t reproduce.
According to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, fees vary among veterinary clinics, but it costs about $200 to spay a cat or dog and $150 to neuter it.
Those figures mean Hof easily has spent more than $1,000 on dogs and cats she doesn’t even keep.
Hof knows some people will roll their eyes at what they see as misplaced generosity. As her husband reminds her, not everyone sees things the way she does.
For those of us who do, however, Hof is a bit of a hero.
She doesn’t see it that way. Hof sees it as something that needs to be done, for the animals’ sake, and she has decided she’s the one to do it.
“When Second Chance Rescue was in Sioux Falls a while back, I volunteered there for five years,” she says, referring to a now-defunct animal shelter. “I would take them to Dr. (Dayton) Williams at All Animal Pet Hospital and he would spay and neuter them, and I would pay out of my own pocket. Then they were getting adopted.”
After Second Chance closed, she missed the contact with the animals, despite always having some of her own at home, along with a couple “granddogs.” She missed helping out the animals and increasing their chances of adoption by funding necessary, but often overlooked, surgeries.
That’s why she decided to do it again. This time, however, she’s thinking bigger, with Netties Spay and Neuter. She has organized its first fundraiser. The proceeds will help pay for the spaying and neutering of foster dogs and cats in rescues and shelters.
Her goal is to stockpile $5,000. If accomplished, that would stop a lot of puppies and kittens from being born, Hof said. Right now, an unwanted animal is euthanized every eight seconds, she says. Reducing unwanted animals means a reduction in euthanization.
It also would make the adult animals’ lives healthier. That’s why the fundraiser isn’t all about accumulating money, Hof says. She intends to educate people on health benefits to animals who have been neutered or spayed.
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Since October, Hof has been raising money to start up Netties Spay and Neuter. She makes homemade dog treats, and whenever she has free time, she makes soft, warm, fleece blankets for dogs.
“I’ve been busting my butt making blankets and doing all sorts of things to raise money for these animals,” Hof says. “It’s all worth it to me.”
Some people want the companionship of an animal but can’t afford to pay for the surgical procedure. Hof, who has a 2-year-old yellow Lab named Brandi, a 7-year-old ferret named Snowy and two “granddogs,” K-Oz and Jose, understands how important it is to feel loved when you walk through your front door.
She has heard too many horror stories about unwanted puppies and kittens being dumped in the country, though, to let it go on when she can do something about it.
She also never tries to talk people into spaying and neutering their pets, preferring to lead by example, not barking orders.
“I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t preach about it,” Hof says. “They should be, but that’s my belief. I’m here to help the ones that do want help.”
The heady thought of being able to help shelter and rescue cats and dogs, however, is enough to make her speak out.
“It’s from the heart, all this is all from the heart,” she says. “I’ve got a love for the animals. I hope it turns out good and is a big success.”
If you go:
WHAT: Netties Spay and Neuter
WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. May 18
WHERE: American Legion, 1701 W. Legion Drive
EVENTS: Vendors, live music from The Outer Limits of Madison, food, a magician and raffles.
GOAL: To raise $5,000 to spay and neuter foster dogs and cats, making them more adoptable.
Article by Jill Callison – Argus Leader
Reach Jill at 331-2307 or

Happy May Day!

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May Day, for me, is a great childhood memory! Filling a cup up with candy, taking it to my neighbor’s house, being extra quite so they didn’t notice I was at their door, set down the May Day basket, rang the doorbell and took off running like crazy! I remember finding a big tree to hide behind and watch to see what they would do. Sometimes they came out running to find me! Oh, that was fun – being a kid!!
So why not put that fun and excitement into a May Day basket for your doggie neighbors as well?
We started out with some 12”x12” scrapbook paper from our local craft store. Cut them in half diagonally. Roll them into a cone shape. If you need help with this part, here is a video you can watch that shows you how.
Then take your hole punch and put 2 holes in the cone. We cut pieces of ribbon at 16” long so there was enough room to tie the knots.
You can then decorate the outside if you want or just leave it plain, depending on the pattern of paper you pick out. For example, you can make a puppy dog face out of pom poms, wiggle eyes and chenille stems.
 IMG_2127  We got some crinkle craft paper to stick in the bottom, or you can leave that out and fill the whole cone with treats!
To add the finishing touch, you can add a stem of pretty flowers. Now it’s time to deliver them to the neighbor dogs!
If any of you know Nellie, giving kisses is one of her favorite things to do. So she probably wouldn’t take off running, she’d stand right there at the door, tail wagging, ready for her kiss!
Happy May Day everyone! Remember to run fast if you don’t want to get kissed… or maybe not if getting kissed is your plan!