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 (11:00 – 12:00, 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.
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!
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.
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 $10 each, and include a $3 coupon for RAGOM merchandise.
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! Agility equipment is for dogs only.
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.
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.
Doggie Lotto is a game of chance! Cost is just $2, and your dog will win a prize!
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!
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
11:15 AM — Sugar Faced Seniors (lightly sprinkled or full-on sugar, all seniors welcome)
11:45 AM — International Outreach Dogs (Goldens from Turkey and China)
12:45 PM – Honorary Goldens (Golden in heart and spirit)
1:00 PM – Oodles of Doodles (all laid-back and crazy, fun-loving Doodles)