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Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and Capital Humane Society joined together to bring pets and their families for a one-time visit to the tallgrass called Paws on the Prairie – an event originally planned to take place back in April. And then – thunderstorm! The event had to be canceled.

The rescheduled day of Saturday, July 28, brought blue skies and cool-for-summer weather, and the pups (along with one cat and one guinea pig) showed up ready to explore and enjoy the trails.

The day began with an hour of open-exploration time. The Audubon Center opened a portion of its trails to pets, with poo bags provided by the Capital Humane Society. The pups and their families enjoyed the three-quarter-mile loop and its prairie vistas, blooming wildflowers and historic wagon ruts.

Furry friends were treated to two doggie pools upon return from their walk, and they made new friends as all visitors gathered for the day’s main program and presentation.

The two partner organizations put on a “Jeopardy” style presentation. The idea was to have a fun and informal way to educate pet owners about several topics, like why the Audubon Center doesn’t usually allow dogs, keeping pets on leash, and keeping cats indoors. All of these things keep your pets safe while protecting wildlife – especially our native Nebraska birds for which Audubon manages the prairie preserve.

And the fun and fuzzy day ended with a pet parade, with many of the four-legged guests dressed in nature-themed costumes ranging from a ladybug and a lion to an outdoor explorer and a “Wide Retriever.” Word (or “Woof”) has it that Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and Capital Humane Society plan to make Paws on the Prairie an annual event.

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