With a struggling economy and a slow road to improvement, dog lovers and animal shelters are coming up with more creative ways to throw fundraisers. It’s not enough to bring dogs in need of homes to a park and solicit donations. Times call for a bit of creative spirit to stand out from the pack, so to speak. Recently, the Des Moines County Humane Society conducted a dog-eating contest — as in hot dogs. Called the Hot Dogs of Summer, wristbands were sold for $10 each ($5 for kids) and that got you all the hot dogs you could eat.