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Adoptions Soar at Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus shelter

 Adoptions Soar at Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus
Donations sought as organization expands services

Racine, Wis
 – Officials at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) report that operations are running successfully in the first two months since the organization acquired the former Countryside Humane Society (CHS) in Racine.

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Watch as HAWS Adoptable Pets Become Stars!

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HAWS announces our 3rd annual “Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition” pet grooming competition to benefit the shelter.

HAWS’ adoptable dogs as models, the event is this Sunday, March 17th from noon - 4:00 p.m. at HAWS’ shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Admission is free for spectators and includes raffle prizes, a bake sale for both humans and pets, and a bow sale.

This unique showcase features 12 talented groomers who will transform
HAWS’ adoptables into stars. Groomers begin with a blank canvas – the dogs have only been given a bath and nail trims – and must complete any grooming work within 2 hours.

Judging this year’s Makeover is Scott Wasserman, PDS (Petcare Dermatech specialist), MPS (Master Pet stylist) Meritus. A winner of the Best Pet Stylist in Show at the U.S. Pet Pro Classic twice and the coveted Intergroom International Groomer of the Year award, Scott is also a Certifier and Consultant for the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists, one of the toughest and most in-depth pet styling certification organizations in the world.

Event sponsors are all Wisconsin-based companies and include Andis, Charlee Bear, Soft Lines, Ultra Lift, Stella & Chewy's, Clever Dog Toys, JK Lee Black Belt Academy, Front Porch Pets, Groomers Co-op, Piranha Promotions, and WeatherTight.

By the way – have you heard about HAWS’ “Sing to Save Lives” Contest?

By the way, part 2 – Our
30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon is May 4th…time to get your Team together…start raising donations online today!

Sing for Your Kibble

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Week 1 Review, Who will win the mirror ball trophy ?

So the waiting is over, week 1 is finally here and all 12 celebrities have been working hard for their first performance.

My first review is for Zendaya who is the "shake it up" star, dancing with Val they performed a contemporary number. My first thought was that this was a little unusual for the first week of a ballroom dance competition but Zendaya showed her balance, control and co-ordination to produce a confident performance. I will be interested to see how she progresses when doing more partnership as that is another skill required and to have two people dancing together as one rather than a large amout of side by side and solo work. At 16 she may be the baby of the stars but this was a very mature performance.
Total judges score - 24
Next up is Dorothy Hamill dancing with Tristan. As a former ice skating champion she demonstrated beautiful poise and grace. I was impressed that even though the routine had some lifts Dorothy always managed to keep a smile on her face. She has good qualities that provide a good foundation for future performances.
Total judges score - 21
The country music singer Kellie Pickler is no stranger to competition having previously been on American Idol. She has returned to our screens being partnered by Derek and joked that they have the same haircut! They performed the Cha Cha Cha and had a high energy routine with lots pulsating body actions. Her leg action need work to make it more natural but for her first performance I thought it was very good.
Total judges score - 21
Gymnast Aly Raisman took to the floor with Mark and showed good posture and fun personality. Her footwork requires work as often her feet were not as articulated as they could be. The disadvantage female dancers have is that there feet and legs are so much more visible when wearing a dress or skirt than a mans. Mark has previously partnered gymnasts in the past so should have a good idea of what is required to help Aly vault to the top of the leaderboard.
Total judges score -  21
Ingo Rademacher is an actor from "General Hospital" and may make some of the ladies at home faint with this performance. He demonstrated courage and skill in executing several lifts with partner Kym. This shows trust in the partnership already as it is unusual for the celebrity to confidently lift his partner in week one. The contemporary number had some good qualities but lacked some of the technique of Zendaya. Definitely worth keeping you eye on Ingo to see how he progresses in the ballroom style.
Total judges score - 20
Superbowl Champion Jacoby Jones began practice a little later than his competition due to an injury but immediately went on the offense with his lively cha cha cha. Partnered  by Karina he showed a showmanship in his performance. He needs to work on ensuring he doesn't 'dance down' to Karina as there is a huge size difference between them and he should maintain his posture and work on the bending and straightening action in his legs to make improvement.
Total judges score - 20
Bachelor Sean Lowe took to the floor dressed like a young Hugh Hefner and showed a foxtrot with partner Peta. Foxtrot is the dance I think about when thinking of Fred Astaire and his many classic performances. This had some good parts and some parts that looked disconnected. Posture and  frame were generally good but the transition from one movement to another need to be enhanced to produce a smoother performance. As a male celebrity there is an expectation that you are leading the dance and at this stage that is unrealistic. He looked a little like he was along for the ride rather than being in control.
Total judges score - 19
Hoping to deliver a knockout blow to the competition was Victor Ortiz champion boxer who was dancing with new dwts professional Lindsay Arnold. As a boxer you naturally want to tuck in your chin to avoid the punches but as a dancer you have to display good posture which means standing tall. This will be a challenge for Victor but I was very impressed with his arm extension. Being a boxer he has very quick footwork which should be more of an asset in the faster rhythm dances rather than the Foxtrot which they displayed this evening.
Total judges score - 18
Lisa Vanderpump came out with another new professional in Gleb Savchenko and used one of the cutest props I have seen on the show.... her dog Giggy sporting a canine tux. Unfortunately for me that was the highlight of the dance as I was surprised to see a very difficult routine requiring a real technical competence to be able to perform it well.  Lisa seemed a little pre-occupied with this. When performing the goal is to show what you can do, not what you are still working on. However, I did see some good aspects to her dancing and her musicality was good. 
Total judges score - 18
Last seasons mirrorball winning professional is Tony Dovolani who has a special relationship with the Wisconsin Fred Astaire Dance Studio organization. He is back dancing with American country music singer Wynona Judd. The dance was the Cha Cha Cha again and Wynona performed with nice clean lines and arm styling. As a dancer I strived to never be 'nice' because usually this meant my dancing wasn't memorable or didn't have enough  dynamics and changes in speed or energy that made it stand out. For week one it was a good job overall. Naturally when not holding on to Tony, Wynona had a tendency to look down only looking up when Tony placed her back in frame which showed a lack of confidence. As this improves hopefully she can relax and "let go a little".
Total judges score - 18
Comedian Andy Dick was paired up with our final new professional Sharna Burgess and they danced the Foxtrot getting mixed reactions from the judges. I actually saw a lot to be optimistic about, his arm styling was matching Sharna and it was a fun number. Andy's frame needs work and the movement could have been smoother but these are things that take time. Using a prop (in this case a cane) always require extra thought and are something else to think about during the routine.
Total judges score - 17
Last but not least (other than in score received) was D.L. Hughley dancing Cha Cha Cha with Cheryl. The judges were correct in marking him the lowest score of the night but I think his score was a little low. Let me say to get up and dance in front of anyone let alone millions of people takes guts. It can often be a fine balance for the professional to choreograph something that challenges the celebrity to show off what they have learned in the short timeframe available. Unfortunately D.L. appeared stiff and wasn't really producing the quality of the other contestants. On the positive side he was rehearsed which shows that there was sufficient rehearsal and hard work can take you a long way.
Total judges score - 12
Overall an exciting first night with new faces and rhinestones everywhere. There is to be no elimination this first week so that will give all the contestants a chance to dance again. Of course the judges scores are only part of the total score for each couple as the rest is left to you the audience to cast your votes. 
If you cannot wait until next week for your next 'dance installment' you can always visit to find your nearest studio and start to experience the many benefits of ballroom dancing. See you next week, Tim 

Week 2 and the first celebrity will leave this week, who will it be?

Welcome back all!

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Give Pets a Home Field Advantage

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At HAWS we are celebrating a major milestone. Our Pet Walkathon is in its 30th Year!

​​​​​On the first Saturday of May – this year it’s May 4th – hundreds of pet lovers ‘high-tail-​it’ to Sussex Village Park for a day-long festival for pets and their people, in support of ​HAWS, the animals we care for and the programs/services we provide to the community.

This year’s theme is “Give Pets a Home Field Advantage.” To us that means making sure adoptable pets find forever loving homes, and that our community and neighbors all have the tools they need for successful owner-pet relationship.

So, what does your Walkathon donation do for HAWS? Your donation helps "Load the Bases" for HAWS, because:
• $10 can provide vaccinations and heartworm or feline leukemia testing for an adoptable pet
• $25 ensures on-call assistance from our Animal Rescue Team for lost pets
• $50 can spay or neuter a pet
• $100 helps feed an entire shelter ward!
Imagine what $250, $500, or more can do…

Now, i
n the spirit of Spring Training culminating in Opening Day next Monday, we think everyone should form a HAWS Walkathon Team, to walk and fundraise as a group. You will have the opportunity to promote your business or group, support your fave local shelter and receive fun goodies like the official 2013 Walk T-shirt, personalized team I.D., special raffle drawings, recognition on and in our Tattle Tails print newsletter and more.

The best part? All money collected for HAWS’ annual Pet Walkathon goes directly to the animals and HAWS’ programs…AND donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

So register your team today in the Canine, Feline or Small Critter Division of HAWS’ Baseball League. Get an assist with your fundraising by creating an online personalized fundraising webpage, and hit a home run for the pets of our community!

By the way – our $10K matching grant challenge is going strong! Help save lives by supporting our Behavior Department and their work to rehabilitate dogs!  Only 5 more weeks to give…

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