Category Archives: Puppy Parade

Puppy Parade Thank You

Wow.  I had a good time.  I hope you did as well.  This is my Puppy Parade Thank You.

Emma Lengquist would have LOVED Saturday.  I mean there were bubbles.  There was music.  There were lots of people. And, oh boy!, there were dogs, dogs, dogs.  I spent so much of my time greeting people and thanking them and finding out their connection.  There were friends of Emma’s. Friends of ours. People who knew other people.  People who saw it on social media and KCTV5.

And, I know of at least two dogs that were adopted because of the event so I guarantee you that Emma would have talked about that all afternoon.  Thank you to Unleashed for bring those dogs out and making them available.

Puppy Parade Olathe Kansas small dog winner

Everybody loves their dogs.  Everybody loves a party.  And everybody loves a parade.

We gathered so many great pictures and video snippets that we are still culling through them. It is our intention to have a short video put together by this time next week that we can share.  And since I believe in total transparency, especially when it comes to money donated to charitable organizations, we will publish how much money was raised, how much money needed to be reimbursed or spent on expenses and then how much money ended up in the hands of Inclusion Connections / PawsAbilities and the Olathe Animal Shelter.

Inclusion Connections Puppy Parade

Thank you for taking part of you day to celebrate Emma’s life with us.  Thank you for bringing awareness to suicide prevention, mental health and physical disabilities.  Thank you for interacting with and cheering for some of our special needs community.  Thank you to all who participated in any small way.

Puppy Parade in Kansas City Olathe


Emmaisms: Marry a Rich Man, Raise Dogs

When Emma Lengquist was younger she had a consistent dream: Marry a rich man who owned a lot of land and raise dogs.  As she would describe her future life she would get so passionate about all the details; lots of land, a training place for the dogs, what kind of dogs, dozens of dogs, rescue dogs, happy dogs, sad dogs, etc.

“I’m a great dog trainer.”  She taught our dogs to sit, spin, lay down, shake hands, etc.  Her whole life’s plan had dogs involved.

PLEASE NOTE THAT HER DREAM NEVER HAD ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE RICH MAN!!! He only needed to provide her with enough so that she could have enough space for all the dogs she needed.  <<SMILE>>

olathe puppyparade

Not the greatest pic…her and her dogs; Spot, Princess and Bolt.

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Come celebrate Emma’s life at the inaugural Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade.  Here is what you need to know….

Direct Link to Registration and Donation Page
Details about the Puppy Parade

Please plan on costumes or floats for you and/or the dogs. Emma loved dressing our dogs up and will smile from ear to ear when she see all these dogs in full regalia.

This is gonna be fun.  Register TODAY.

Inclusion Connections Puppy Parade

Mission of the Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade

Mission of the Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade

To Honor Emma
Emma was a dynamic personality with an electric smile until mental illness slowly stole her away.  She had care and compassion for nearly everyone she met. She loved dancing, dogs and Inclusion Connections.

To Create Open Discussions About Mental Illness
Too often mental illness is discussed in hushed whispers or ignored altogether.  At the government level mental health care is all to often first to receive cuts in funding and last to receive consideration for reinstatement.  Currently the State of Kansas is well below recommended levels of care for mental health, though some progress has recently been made.

Fundraising for Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities
Emma loved Inclusion Connections and the jobs program she helped to pioneer, PawAbilities.  Emma believed fervently that people with special needs should get to work, get to dance, get to socialize just like everybody else.  Every day she would come home and tell us all the wonderful things PawsAbilities was doing for her co-workers and the dogs she met.  Oh, how she loved dogs.



Planning Meeting for 2018 Puppy Parade

emma lengquist puppy parade

The Planning Meeting for the 2018 Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade will take place this coming Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm at the location of Inclusion Connections and IC PawsAbilities.


Inclusion Connections / PawsAbilities
2073 E Santa Fe Street
Olathe, KS  66062Olathe Kansas Special Needs Dog Treats

We will be working on the following;

  • Date of event
  • Mission of Memorial Puppy Parade
  • Committees for the following
    • Activities
    • Fundraising
    • Logistics
    • City/Community Liaison
    • Insurance

This is a very small list.  Please come and bring your ideas. If you have experience planning something like this, we’d love to hear from you.  We ask that everyone come with a willing heart and a patient spirit.  Your input will be heard and we will counsel with those that have gone before us to make this a fun, fun, fun event that raises money for causes near and dear to Emma and the many dogs she loved.  Oh, and did I mention this should be fun for everyone?

Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade

Plan for the
1st Annual Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade.

Inclusion Connection PawsAbilities fundraiser

Official Page of Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade…click here

We don’t have any of the details yet other than to say on August 4, 2018 (or a date to be decided) we will hold the 1st Annual Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade to benefit Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities.

If you would like to help with this event and/or have ideas as to what we can do to make this a great event please leave a comment below and we will contact you.  We currently have two volunteers who will lead this event for us and we are thankful for Debbie and Heather.  We’ll introduce you to them later.

What We Are Thinking
Keep in mind this is all early and being developed so nothing is set in stone.  I know Emma would have loved this!!! Details will follow.  Here are our some thoughts…

  • Downtown Olathe
  • Noon time parade
  • Both walker(s) and/or dog(s) in costumes
  • Low cost entry and sponsorships to benefit Inclusion Connections
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Show Awards for both human(s) and dog(s)
  • Prizes
  • Food trucks
  • Bounce Houses
  • Vendors for dogs
  • FUN FUN FUN is the goal for all participants

What are your thoughts?  I think this will be great and I need your input and participation.  Thank you!

Planning Meeting at 7:00 pm on March 26th at Inclusion Connections located at 2073 E Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66062. If you can make it that would be great.