Dogs join movie night at The Woods

For the second time, The Woods hosted the Babinski Foundation as they work to find new homes for dogs and cats before the movie "Hachi: A Dog’s Tale" played at The Woods drive-in theater.

A girl holds a dog.
Trying to convince her mother to get another dog, 11-year-old Elle Kempf holds Buzz, a 2-month-old Labrador retriever mix Thursday, July 14, 2022, during the Babinski Foundation's adoption night at The Wood's event center near Merrifield.
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MERRIFIELD — It was a night for the dogs Thursday, July 14, at The Woods event center.

The Babinski Foundation teamed up with The Woods and its drive-in theater for Pups At The Theatre.

The Pups At The Theatre event offered 25% off on adoptions, with a “yappy hour” from 4 to 6 p.m., and a best-in-show dog costume contest followed by a showing of the 2009 movie “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” at dusk in the drive-in.The first 25 animals guests brought in would receive a free microchip and a pup-cup, courtesy of Makenzie Adams, who funded the chipping.

Two women sitting at a table with their dog.
Ella Annand(left) and her mother Katie Annand enjoying dinner at B Merri Thursday, July 14, 2022, when their 6-year-old pomchi noticed the Babinski Foundation's adoption night at The Wood's event center in Pequot Lakes.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

With a trailer housing all the pets opening its doors at 6 p.m., Katie Annand and her daughter Ella were sitting at B Merri with Winnie, a 6-year-old pomchi, who was one of the first to notice the Babinski Foundation's adoption night as she couldn't take her eyes off the other dogs.

Katie Annand and her daughter Ella Annand eventually left their table at B Merri to look at all the other dogs and cats at the event.


Though most of the dogs stayed in the trailer, Rex and Buzz, both 2-month-old Labrador retrievers, were brought out to say hi to everyone who stopped by.

A woman and a man looking at dogs.
Dee Vansteenwyk(left) and Gil Vansteenwyk came to the Babinski Foundation's adoption night at The Wood's event center in Pequot Lakes Thursday, July 14, 2022, to say hello to all the dogs and to let them know they are loved.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

Donna Sutton, the shelter’s executive director, said the event was a success with three dogs being adopted, though the rain hampered the turnout.

“It went well and we look forward to teaming up with The Woods again in the future,” Sutton said.

Stopping by the adoption event to meet the dogs were Dee and Gil Vansteenwyk. Dee Vansteenwyk said they were too old for a new puppy, but nonetheless they wanted to show their support for the event and the animals.

“We just want to let all the dogs know they are loved,” Dee Vansteenwyk said. “And just as Will Rogers said, ‘If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.’”

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Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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