Activities

Goldzilla has many options for entertaining both you and your dog. Activities are free unless otherwise noted.

Audi Golden Opportunity Photo Contest

Have your dog photographed in or near a beautiful Audi automobile, provided by our Platinum sponsor, Audi of Minneapolis and St. Paul. All photos will be posted on Facebook for voting, and the five (5) photographs with the most “likes” will each be awarded $10 in RAGOM Bucks. Review photo contest rules.

Meet Sully (9:30 – 11:30, Founder’s Tent)

Meet Sully, the RAGOM dog that inspired the children’s book by the same name. Sully was abandoned in a Turkish forest and rescued by RAGOM in 2016. Today, Sully is a certified therapy dog and was recently nominated for the American Humane Hero Dog Award. Sully and his adopter will be in the Founder’s tent from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet Sally Ann (10:00 – 12:00, Foster Showcase area)

Sally Ann 20-141 is a RAGOM Village favorite. Her adorable squishable cheeks, soulfulness, and streak of stubbornness make her hard to resist. Because Sally Ann has cancer, she is in RAGOM’s hospice program. We will do our best to spoil her until her bad days outnumber her good. Stop by and meet her – she LOVES attention!

Memorial Board

As we celebrate the lives of our beloved dogs at Goldzilla, we remember those who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our Memorial Board is a place to remember and honor them. We’d love to include your loved one(s). All are welcome, no matter their breed or if they were adopted from RAGOM or not. Send a clear photo and brief caption to
[email protected], and be sure to stop by and see your loved one’s photo at Goldzilla.

Lure course

In lure coursing, dogs chase a mechanically operated lure around a system of pulleys. Lure coursing is a great way to spend time with your best friend and enjoy his or her athleticism. It also promotes endurance and helps your dog become more responsive and focused. Lure course tickets are $7 each.

Therapy Dog Demonstration (11:00, Lure Course area)

North Star Therapy Animals will present a breathtaking parade of Goldens who have achieved fame (but alas, not fortune) volunteering as therapy animals in the Greater Twin Cities metro. They will show us some of the key skills required by therapy dogs, and entertain us with tricks and demonstrations of some of the creative and amusing ways they managed to spread comfort and joy during the season of Covid.

Agility

Is your dog an agility pro who loves to show off? Or maybe you’d like to enroll your dog in agility but not sure how he or she will react. Take advantage of our fenced agility area and find out!

Beach swimming

Does your Golden love water? Is that a silly question? Head down to the beach, unsnap that leash, and enjoy the show while your dog romps in Long Lake. You can walk down to the lake or catch the dog-friendly Goldzilla shuttle.

Off-leash play

Although we generally require our canine attendees to be leashed when they’re not enjoying a swim in Long Lake, you can set your dog free in the Goldzilla off-leash play area.

Paw prints painting

Capture your dog’s paw prints with an artist-embellished Paw Print painting masterpiece! Volunteers will stamp your dog’s paw on a 5×7 canvas board with the paint color of your choice and then an artist will turn it into a cherished treasure, ready for you to frame and display! These artist-embellished Paw Print paintings are $10 each. Cash taken at the booth, or buy a voucher at the merchandise tent.

Nail Trims and Ear Cleaning

Dr. Hansen and the students from the Northwood Technical College Veterinary Technician program will be offering free nail trims and ear cleanings for your dog!

RAGOM reunions

Meet families and their RAGOM dogs who share a similar background with your RAGOM dog. Trade stories, connect with old friends, and make new friends! If you adopted a dog from the following groups, stop by with your RAGOM dog during your 30-minute time slot.

9:30 AM — A Family Affair (moms rescued with their litters or litters born in foster care)
10:45 AM — Auction / Breeder Dogs
11:45 AM — International Outreach Dogs (Goldens from Turkey and China)
12:15 PM — Sugar Faced Seniors (lightly sprinkled or full-on sugar, all seniors welcome)
12:30 PM – Honorary Goldens (Golden in heart and spirit)
1:00 PM – Oodles of Doodles (all laid-back and crazy, fun-loving Doodles)

Goldzilla Fun Fair & Walk for Rescue