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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Display your Celtic Pride
by marching in the
St. Patrick’s Day parade
in Maple Lake, MN!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Hosted by:
Lacy’s Legacy Scottie and Westie Rescue
Here’s how it works…..
If you have a Scottie, Westie or Cairn, you are welcome to march with us!
12:30 We will meet and gather as a group (directions included)
When we get the call, we will walk together to the parade line-up area
(or gather in the park and fall in line)
1:30 Parade begins!
We will have human and canine refreshments before and after the parade
The cost is FREE however Lacy’s Legacy will be accepting free-will offerings to cover the cost of the snacks and for future rescue expenses.
Wear green!
Wear a kilt, sash, bandana, hat, etc. It’s not required, but both you and your dog are welcome to dress for the parade.
Early registration is encouraged –complete & sign the included release form
Some details
No Flexi-Leashes, please!!
Please be in control of your dog at all times.
Bring some water and a bowl.
Don’t forget to bring some poo bags to clean up after your terrier.
If you have questions regarding the details about the parade, please email John or Steph at
We will march come Rain, Shine or Snow!!
To get to Maple Lake, simply take Hwy 55 west from the Twin Cities.
Go through Buffalo and stay on Hwy 55.
Maple Lake is about 7 miles west of Buffalo.
(From 494, you should plan about 1 hour travel time – there could be a lot of traffic)
When you get to Maple Lake, turn left at the first stop light.
Continue south to the Rail Road tracks. After you cross the tracks, we will be on your RIGHT). There will be signs so you will see us. Parking is available at the building.

Waiver Form:
To participate in the parade with Lacy’s Legacy Scottie & Westie Rescue, you must sign this waiver. Please complete, sign and return by mail or email.
John and Steph Wisecarver
Lacy’s Legacy Scottie and Westie Rescue
506 Lake Blvd
Buffalo, MN 55313
If you cannot register in advance, you can complete and sign this form when you arrive
I understand I am responsible for the behavior of my dog(s) while attending this event. I will not hold John and Stephanie Wisecarver, Lacy’s Legacy Scottie & Westie Rescue or Maple Lake Lumber liable for any injury or accident caused by my dog(s) or to my dog(s) or participants on this form while attending the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 15, 2014.


Here’s a link to Lake Minnetonka Magazine’s article about our Westies!!

Wayzata Westie Walkers

A group of passionate Westie lovers show off their LWDs (little white dogs) annually in Wayzata.

By: Nancy Eike | From the issue: June 2012

Photo: Wayzata Westie Walkers

Lynell Voigt joined the group in 2002 and creates elaborate handmade costumes each year for the Westies.

“Here come the Westies!” the parade announcer says enthusiastically as the two-block-long-procession of West Highland Terriers dressed as furry, four-legged versions of Uncle Sam–complete with red, white and blue handmade costumes and matching miniature top hats–comes into view on the downtown Wayzata street; their two-legged owners are similarly attired in patriotic wear.

It’s the 37th annual James J. Hill days parade, and the Wayzata Westie Walkers, who have been participating in the parade since 1996, always know how to make an entrance.

The crowd cheers and hoots in the warm, early afternoon sunshine. it’s a lovely day to be a Westie, and a Westie owner. And the kind of day Ginny Nelsen imagined when she formed the Wayzata Westie Walker group in 1996.

Nelsen was attending the parade the year prior and thought about how cute her beloved breed, West Highland Terriers, would be strutting their stuff down the parade route. “I didn’t know who would help me organize it, but I knew it would be fun,” says Nelsen excitedly, sporting Westie earrings and a necklace, her Westie photo albums and Westie bag on the table nearby.

“A few weeks later I was walking my two Westies and a gal with two Westies came up next to us and we started walking and talking, and she seemed nutty enough, so I asked her if she would help me do the parade,” Nelsen says, “She said, ‘Oh sure,’ and that was that.”

So Theresa Wilson and Nelsen put up signs at coffee shops, on street posts, anywhere they could tell people about their club. That first year, there were 13 Westies in the parade. By the third year there were 150.

Sue Storms, public relations coordinator for the group joined in 1998 and has helped to not only keep the group informed about upcoming events but spread the word about this merry little band of LWDs (little white dogs). She has also fostered relationships with local pet shelters, including Crossroads Animal Shelter in Buffalo, and whenever a Westie rescue comes into the facility they contact Storms, who sends out an e-mail to the Wayzata Westie Walker group (over 500 strong now), and frequently someone from the group will step up.

“Many of our Westies were adopted as rescues,” Storms says.

The creativity meter was cranked up in 2002 when Lynn Voigt came on board. What began as bandanas for costumes before Voigt joined has now turned into a full-scale costume extravaganza at each James J. Hill days parade, with costumes such as bumblebees, hobos, sailors, firefighters, clowns and cowboys. They also put on a style show after the parade, complete with the newest pet fashions from New York.

But this group has proven they’re more than just pretty faces and creative costumes. They support The Pet Project, which is a local nonprofit that collects pet food and distributes it to food shelves so folks in financial difficulty won’t have to worry about giving up their pet. For several years, the Wayzata Westie Walkers have held a pet boutique where group members crafted pet-related items to sell; the money was donated to local charities.

These Westie lovers are keen on getting together whenever they can. During the winter months, a smaller group might meet for a walk in the park; in the summer months, they put together a mini-parade around a neighborhood culminating in lunch in someone’s backyard.

“I never thought my idea would turn into something so big,” says Nelsen, “but we are so delighted and happy it did.”


Catch the Wayzata Westie Walkers at this year’s James J. Hill Days, September 8 and 9 in downtown Wayzata. For more information visit the Wayzata Chamber’s website.

Check out the firefighter costumes on some wonderful Westies at this weekend’s Westie Walk Parade, as part of the annual James J. Hill Days celebration in Wayzata, MN. (It is always held the first Sunday following Labor Day, which, coincidentally, also happens to be National Pet Memorial Day.) The dogs’ garb was chosen to commemorate our first responders in the 9/11 tragedy and to honor the rescue professions for their fine work everyday. Thank you all!!!

Unfortunately, our pups were not personally videotaped this time, as there were 100 dogs present, but I’m including below the video link the sign we held while walking to generate interest in animal adoption. Below each pooch’s picture is his/her name and where we adopted him/her from. We thought this was especially appropriate given that the firefighter costumes they wore are all about “rescue.”—Sid

P.S. Turn off the video right after the dogs’ spot. It goes on awhile afterward but has nothing more to do with the Westie Walk.

WCCO Westie Walk Coverage

Rescues Rule!!!

P.P.S. A gentleman we met at the parade recognized our dogs’ photo and exclaimed, “I took that off the (Westie Walk) Facebook page—it’s my screen saver!” The awesome photo is by my good friend Susan Timmerman.

Just yesterday, as my hubby and I were walking our three Westies (Blanche, Keely and Ambrose) around lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis, Minn., I told him that, while it bothered me somewhat that in order to walk the dogs somewhere where there were well-maintained paths—meaning not as treacherous, slippery or plain slush-filthy—as our streets and sidewalks around the neighborhood (this is Minnesota in winter, folks, despite a lovely January thaw), driving to one of our abundant lakes or parks seemed a smaller price to pay than a gym membership.

Then, today, in the Jan. 17, 2010 issue of the Parade supplement  in our Sunday Star Tribune, I saw a short article called “A Happy Way to Get Fit” by Allison Takeda. In it, the author makes the very same point. She wrote, “When it comes to getting active, you may be better off investing in a dog than a gym membership.”

It makes me feel brilliant and insightful when journalists psychically key into an opinion I just voiced!

A study in Great Britain, involving a survey of 5,000 people, found that people with dogs exercised up to six hours more per week than those who work out at a gym or on their own simply by virtue of adding up the shorter bursts of activity, such as a 20–30-minute walks with their dogs done twice a day on average plus a longer walk a few times a week. It all added up to about eight hours a week of physical activity vs. two–three for those who visited a gym.

With pets, there’s a sense of responsibility involved. Pet owners care that their companions stay healthy and are willing to put themselves out to ensure this; that, and they don’t want to find puddles on the floor when they come home from work. Whereas, who among us hasn’t found it incredibly easy to find excuses not to head to the gym? (And I used to be a fitness coordinator and aerobics instructor myself back in the day!)

What’s more, the study cited enjoyment as a key element in what kept people moving. A vast majority of dog owners, 86% according to the article, said they enjoyed spending time walking their pets, whereas only 16%  of the gym-goers claimed the same enjoyment. Looks like people prefer walking Westies to visiting the weights room, Newfoundlands to the Nautilus machines, and Airdales to aerobics classes, huh?

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