Vermilion Ice-a-Fair Goes to the Dogs

Dog lovers, what do you do on a rainy, cold, February winter in the Midwest? You wander Main Street in Vermilion, Ohio admiring fantastic ice sculptures in search of the one that looks like a dog.

dog ice sculpture

Canine Companions Ice Sculpture at Vermilion Ice-A-Fair

But not just any dog. The dog you’re searching for is a replica of Ben, a Canine Companions for Independence┬« service puppy in training.

Staicey & Ben

Ben’s puppy raiser, Vermilion resident Staicey Scholtz and her husband Brad, donated the ice sculpture replica of Ben to display at the Sixth Annual Ice-A-Fair to Remember in downtown Vermilion. More than 50 ice sculptures of different styles were on display at the event, along with ice carving demonstrations, tours on Lolly the Trolly and visits from Frosty the Snowman. Standing in front of their ice mascot, puppy raisers and volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence┬«┬áNorthern Ohio Volunteer Group were on hand to answer questions about puppy raising for the non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing free of charge, highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They were also there to have fun!

service dog volunteers

Members of the Northern Ohio Volunteer Group of Canine Companions for Independence showed their support.

The ice sculpture was exquisite and admired by all–even by a handsome service puppy-in-training named Karuso.

service dog in training meets ice sculpture

Practice makes perfect!

The stores were open for visitors to come in from the rain and the cold. I ventured into The Silly Goose to browse. I’m all about fun. I couldn’t resist!

The Silly Goose

Of course you can’t go to an event about dogs without bringing home a souvenir.

The Silly Goose

Coffee and dogs–two of my favorite pleasures to remind me of a very special day with friends in Vermilion, Ohio.