A Dog Day …

(l-r) Dante, Vickie, Ethan & Ginny

Yesterday we participated in Paws on the Promenade in east Loveland at The Promenade Shops at Centerra.  Lying awake at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of rain and thunder — and Frankers squawking in his crate because of the thunder — we wondered if a rain-out was in store.  Given a 60% chance of rain in the forecast with winds, it was entirely possible.  Definitely a day to dress for the weather with more winter-like apparel as morning temps were in the low 40s!  Jeans, check … boots, check … colorful scarf, check … coat, check … rain coat, check … coat for Dante, check … fleecy blanket for Dante, check … mug of hot coffee, check.  Nothing like springtime in Colorado with a 40-degree swing in temps from one day to the next!

While the morning was a bit slow — most certainly due to the inclement weather — things picked up in the afternoon with less wind/rain and more sun/visitors to our rescue booth.  The event included several events including a K-9 police dog demonstration,a dog trick contest and a costume contest.  Given that we don’t have anything in rescue at the moment, Dante made his appearance as an ambassador for the breed and my friend, Ginny, brought Ethan up as an additional ambassador in coat.  Apsos in full coat are always a draw (especially with the little girls) as one rarely gets to see a dog in coat outside the show ring.  Debby came in from Conifer to help man the booth so we had a full crew.  An added treat yesterday was Senghe (n/k/a Peanut) stopping by for a visit with Renee … always love to see our former foster dogs.  What was not fun … all our signage had to be stashed away because it kept blowing down in the brisk winds.  Note to self:  get banners that can be securely hung from the shade canopy.

The pet expos are a great way to connect with the community and educate others about our breed.  From time to time, we’re fortunate that the local paper includes us in their coverage of the event.  Always a fun day, we get to meet other “dog folk” and visit the various vendors in attendance.  Through the years, one gets to know the other dog-related businesses in the area and conversations are continued from previous expos.  Here’s to next year’s event … and hopefully warmer weather!

Brrrrrrrrrr
Brrrrrrrrrr … this wind needs to stop!
Ethan … just chillin’

Paws on the Promenade …

This Saturday — May 19th — we’ll have a booth set up at Paws on the Promenade from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  While we won’t have any foster dogs in attendance, we will have some fine examples of the breed … one in a puppy cut (wash ‘n wear) and one in full coat.  Our local paper, the Loveland Reporter-Herald and The Promenade Shops at Centerra joined forces and are hosting this event.  This will be our first year in attendance at this particular venue.  Hopefully, the weatherman is wrong about the 30% chance of rain for Saturday (or at least at I-25 and Hwy 34)!

Come on out and visit with us!   Click on ~~> Directions for information on how to get to The Promenade Shops at Centerra (5971 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland CO).  We’ll be set up on the main promenade across from Dick’s Sporting Goods (in the winter it’s the ice rink).

Clicking on the graphic below will open up the newspaper insert for this event …

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2012 Paws on the Promenade

Fun at the Expo …

What a fabulous day … and in a nice location with great parking!  The event was well attended by the community.  Emmy managed to steal the show and Bubba was a hit with the crowds.  You might recall that Bubba was found abandoned, tied to a fence in Kansas.  Emmy, also from Kansas, was basically abandoned by her owner —  left to fend on her own, she was starving to death when she arrived in rescue.    

Emmy, sporting her best bandana
Emmy, sporting her best bandana ...

 

Emmy, Bubba's foster dad, Neil, and Bubba

 

I got to see Magoo’s adoptive mom as well as Linda and Jackson (another of our foster dogs).  We made some contacts with other groups and was invited to set up as a vendor at two other events … our local feedstore will be setting up an adoption event and was made aware of the 2 Million Dogs program which partners up canine and human cancer research, which will be hosting an event on November 7th as well.   

Loveland's 2010 Pet Expo

 

Please keep Emmy in your thoughts for this week … she’s going in for her spay on Monday, September 20th.  In the past five weeks, she’s:  gained weight, blossomed into a great little dog and is growing new coat.  Red-gold coat, to be exact!    

Many thanks to our Apso friends — old and new — who came out and visited with us … we had a great time!