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Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

All Good Dogs Deserve Ice Cream

I just love this idea: a community event where dog owners get to socialize their pets, and good dogs get rewarded with a free dish of vanilla softserve. An ice cream social for dogs, with people as chaperones. If it's been a hot summer for people, just think of how hot it's been for our pets.

This particular Dogs' Night Out takes place at Blast Softserve in Owatonna, which is about 40 miles from Rochester in southeast Minnesota. The summer event is sponsored by the Owatonna People's Press and is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6. (Including tonight.) Every well-behaved dog on leash gets a free doggy-sized dish of vanilla soft serve. If you and your dog will be in the area tonight, here's the map.

Does your city or town offer similar socializing opportunities for dogs and their owners?


  1. I would totally have dug taking my pack to this event. Even though I try not to give Suede any type of ice cream (because of bowel issues..lol) she does enjoy it and I will sometimes give her a little bit...

    I live in The Bronx, NYC. They offer stuff like this in other boros...but unfortunately, not too often in The Bronx...maybe I need to find a way to get something like this going : )

  2. Great observations.. I'll be pondering this for a long time. It's the way most of America thinks.. but nice to have a good analogy to hang the thought on. Thanks

  3. PawPurry, thank you for reading this, and for following! Maybe you could start free gelato night or free italian ice night? And italian ice might be more agreeable than ice cream for Suede. (I loved the series of laptop and dog photos!)
    Lynda, thank you...it's gratifying when people say, "I was thinking about what you said." BTW, I loved the feel of your blog -- filled with grace and humanity.


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