Auggie Land

Auggie Land, Chetek’s newest dog park, officially opened its gates to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 29. The 2.5-acre park was designed and constructed by Bob Schaaf and his family, along with many other contractors, as a living tribute to honor the late Natalie Turner. Turner was extremely close with the Schaaf family and loved her four-legged companion, Auggie. That is where the Auggie Land name came from and why there are many visible tributes at the dog park for both Turner and Auggie. Audrey Scheel, a 2019 graduate of Prairie Farm High School, opened the gate Saturday morning for all of the owners and dogs who came out to visit the new dog park. Scheel adopted Turner’s dog, Auggie, during his final 15 months before passing earlier this year. At the grand opening, there were approximately 20 dogs and 30 people for the first couple hours, but high temperatures limited people and dogs until the evening, when it became a busy dog park again. Auggie Land is open from dusk to dawn and is a seasonal park, meaning it will close until spring once snow begins to accumulate. Pictured above is Kathy Ziarnik, walking her 14-year-old golden retriever, Dexter, while two other dogs play alongside her.

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