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Dogs make big splash for busy weekend

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A watercolor and ink painting by artist Raven O’Keefe will be auctioned off on Saturday.

While Splash Dogs might be the big wave this weekend, Carson Valley event calendars are full to the brim with stuff to see and do.

Heritage Park will be home to the big tank for the three-day Splash Dogs competition, with two favorites, Inde and Timber expected to compete.

But dogs don’t need to be experts to participate in the event, according to organizer Heather Paterson-Lewis.

“Training is just $10 and will go towards competitive jump if successful off the dock,” she said. “The small pool is open all day for training and specific times for beginners on the big dock are listed on the flyer.

Splash Dogs runs 3-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The big dock will be available to beginners 7-8 p.m. Friday, 8-10 a.m. Saturday and 8-9 a.m. Sunday.

More information is available at http://www.splashdogs.com

Paterson-Lewis said only dogs participating in events should come, including the barnhunt and agility events on Saturday. Dogs need a leash and collar, people should bring chairs.

“Dogs need to know how to swim and fetch,” she said. “Otherwise they won’t go off dock. Bring their favorite toy that floats. Bring smiles and good attitude as we are all volunteers.”

A watercolor and ink painting by artist Raven O’Keefe of Scio, Ore., will be auctioned off for the DSCO K-9 fundraiser “Dog Days of Summer” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The 8×10 framed art is available for bidding online now, with bidding starting at $50. For more information, visit Judy Lepore McQuain’s Facebook page.

Send electronic bids to k9grooming@hotmail.com. Or wait until the event, it will be on display and the final bid will be accepted on Saturday.

This weekend’s events aren’t all about dogs.

The American Legends & Western States Wild Horses and Burro Expo is Saturday and Sunday at the 5 Clover Ranch, 3060 Highway 395, Minden.

The ranch is located west of Highway 395 and south of Silver City RV Park. A similar event has been held previous years at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Information, http://www.wildhorseandburroexpo.com

Anyone with a hankering to run through a rainbow, and come away with some on them, should check out the ColorBlast 5K 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Carson Valley Medical Center

The event is a fundraiser for Tahoe Youth and Family Services. There will also be a free family health and wellness fair. Information, http://www.cvmchospital.org/fest

The Douglas Center of Hope and Healing and Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club are hosting the Brats and Brew Tasting is 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Minden Park.

Information, http://www.douglascenterforhopeandhealing.org