It’s a little “ruff” down by the river

The Eau Claire community gathered with furry friends to enjoy an evening by the Chippewa River

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It’s a little “ruff” down by the river

A quiet dog approached with a big smile in the sky.

A quiet dog approached with a big smile in the sky.

Photo by Gabbie Henn

A quiet dog approached with a big smile in the sky.

Photo by Gabbie Henn

Photo by Gabbie Henn

A quiet dog approached with a big smile in the sky.

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On May 2, owners and their dogs took an evening stroll along the Chippewa River to enjoy conversation and small playdates with their pups.

A few stands were set up for dog training, as a few members signed up to teach their dog some skills. The event started at 6 p.m. and lasted until the dogs were wiped out and ready for bed. The Eau Claire community hosted the “Strut Your Mutt” event last fall, as it’s an event that brings people outside and encourages exercise for the dogs — as well as their owners.

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  • An owner struts her mutt, Spot, around before the kickoff of the walk begins.

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  • Dogs were jumping for excitement as the spring weather had everyone enjoying the outdoors.

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  • Charlie playing peek a boo. Part 2.

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  • Charlie playing peek a boo. Part 1.

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  • “A dumb cutie,” Charlie’s owner said, Charlie gives the biggest smile.

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  • Charlie (left) and Oakley (right), giving kisses to one another before their walk together.

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  • Oakley stands, tongue out, waiting for another treat.

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  • Better late than never, a chocolate lab shows up with tons of energy and is ready to catch up to the crew.

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  • The owners of emBARK give their dog a treat while showcasing a few skills they teach at their business.

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  • The crowd was eager to break into the outdoors with the community for the new season.

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  • Two springers spring into the new spring season with a fresh walk.

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  • Two devils in a black fur dress? These two dogs and owners walked with a strut like no other.

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  • Jordy walked alongside her owner in a quiet presence.

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  • A strutting master, a poodle and her owner started off the walk in style.

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  • The eager puppy Zazu tugged alongside her sister, as they both pulled their owner into the walk.

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  • As the walk began, dogs, puppies and owners started off slow to enjoy the scenic route along the river.

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  • Two buddies Eleanor (left) and Poopsie (right) matched with bandanas and smiles.

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  • Spot enjoyed the slight breeze of the spring air and stayed calm next to her owner.

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  • This pup is little but always ready to take the leash by the paws.

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  • A little Yorkie has her little tongue out as she prepared for the walk by running a few laps beforehand.

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  • Rexann Lemke was talking about care tips for the pet owners and as well as her “Rex’ Canine Training,” where one can learn to train in dock diving, therapy and more.

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  • Zazu, only a few months old, sat shyly next to his owner.

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  • Waiting and more waiting, the beautiful white poodle stood still as the walk was about to begin.

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  • Pip was feeling chipper as he and his friend Jordy were about to walk together.

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  • An owner struts her mutt, Spot, around before the kickoff of the walk begins.

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  • Dogs were jumping for excitement as the spring weather had everyone enjoying the outdoors.

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