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Join me for one or all of these upcoming delightful dog events!—Sid

All About Dogs Day at the Arboretum

Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Reserve a spot for you and poochie today! A first-ever event at the Arboretum to honor man’s and woman’s best friend. Reserve a spot for you and your faithful canine companion for a wonderful walk together on 3-mile drive, followed by a pet expo fair at the Margot picnic shelters…all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Arboretum. To reserve Click Here or for more information call 952-443-4401.            3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318

Holiday Pet Boutique and Animal Blessing Event

Dogs and their humans are invited to have a spiritual experience while on a shopping spree at the “All Things Dog Holiday Pet Boutique and Animal Blessing Event Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1–4 p.m. More than 15 pet-related vendors will be gathered in a vacant storefront in the strip mall just down from 6 Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding at Highway 169 & 63rd Ave. N. in Maple Grove, Minn. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join you as you shop.

Vendors will be offering a wide variety of items, such as clothing, jewelry, hand-stitched & quilted items, crate pads, books, pet hammocks and beds, blankets, socks, glassware, collars and pet bandanas, purses, photo cards, homemade dog treats, embroidered items, and numerous other gifts and/or services for you and your dog.

A special event within the event: At 2 p.m. Animal Chaplain Sid Korpi, author of the award-winning book “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” will conduct a pet blessing ceremony. The blessing will take place in the parking lot, weather permitting, or inside near the boutique.

Vendors include Crossroads Animal Shelter; Black & White Bakery; Sid Korpi, author; Pets-R-Loved Embroidery; There’s Someplace Like Home; Judy’s Terrier Designs; Hansegard PhotoCards; Sondra’s Gifts; Conversational Pieces; McDuff’s Terrier Treasures; Pure Spirit Animal Communication and Training; Jenny Pavlovic, author of “8 State Hurricane Kate” and “The Not Without My Dog Resource and Record Book”; Ginny’s Westie Sox & Stuff; The Dog Perk; Pawcessories—Pets with Personality; Memory of Monroe Scottie Rescue; and 6 Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding.

For directions, Google this address: 9659 63rd Ave. N., Maple Grove, MN or go to

TCOTC Fall Bazaar

Sunday, Nov. 13 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Twin Cities Obedience Training Center

2101 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN
(612) 379-1332

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I and more than a dozen pet-related-business vendors had signed up to have tables at the “All Things Dog” holiday pet boutique and animal blessing (with yours truly performing said blessing) at the Dog City Dog Park in New Hope, MN. After 500 emailed flyers went out, event organizer Sue Storms, learned that the Dog City owner has been evicted and may be facing criminal charges!

Resourceful woman that she is, Sue has found a new venue for our event (Yippee!) See attached flyer.

Just in case you were interested in the Dog City Dog Park debacle, here’s a link to the Fox 9 News coverage of the story.

Hope all you Minnesota readers will mark your calendars and bring your pooch shopping with you on Nov. 7! See you then!—Sid

I wanted to share a couple of photos of the beautiful vestment Rosalyn at Pets-R-Loved embroidery made for me from a pattern I got online. I plan to wear it to perform my Animal Chaplaincy Services and/or group animal blessings. I chose to use a Westie and Maine Coon cat as symbols of our domestic animal companions for obvious reasons! —Sid

From left, Keely, Blanche, Oliver and Xander (the kitty)

Vestment created by Pets-R-Loved

I went to the World Animal Day site and was totally floored by the hundreds of participating organizations from the world over! It really gives my heart a boost to know Americans are not the only people out there devoted to celebrating the human-animal bond. I am thinking of organizing an animal blessing event in Minneapolis this year. It will no doubt be very small scale, but it will be a start. More on this later…or, if someone reading this already knows of an organized event I can volunteer to speak at/perform a group blessing—I am an animal chaplain after all—in my area (or elsewhere if my travel expenses can be covered), I’d love to avoid reinventing the (hamster) wheel. 🙂

You can contact me directly at <> with ideas and/or suggestions.

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