Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A surprise ending

We were just on vacation in Vermont, and decided to bring the dogs along with us. While I worried about the logistics of traveling with two dogs, this vacation had an unexpected, happy ending.

We got to stay in a hotel together
What's the secret password?
















Hmmm this couch really is pet friendly!
















And visit friends
Here we are with my best friend, Becky


























And participate in some fun events, like this book signing
Brooks and Kelly helped me sign books for guest, Joy.














and a show, Books over Breakfast at WCAX-TV
Here's one of their trucks at Burlington, channel 3




















But the best part came on the ride home. Kelly and Brooks were exhausted. We'd kept so busy. They shared the back seat of the suv, each on their own side, until I turned around to look and.....
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They bonded! It did my heart good to see them snuggled together. This is the first time they have ever cuddled together, or even been close to each other in such a way, ever! I guess our vacation brought my two kids closer together.
Priceless.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Brooks Books-- Enchanting Lily

Brooks here, with another book review, this time about a cat. I know, I know...Brooks usually likes to chase cats under parked cars in the neighborhood, not read about them. But, in this case he happily made an exception.

READ ON to ENTER to WIN one of TWO COPIES of ENCHANTING LILY  by Anjali Banerjee!

If you like fiction, and cats, and a little bit of romance, then this book is for you. I love fiction, and I like cats, but I am also really surprised that I liked this book because it is a little bit quirky...it involves ghosts and spirits and such.

Brooks and I are not fans of ghostly type stories, but this was done in such a gentle way, not spooky and scary, but almost matter of fact. Because of that, we didn't mind that part at all. Plus, it is the cat--not the people-- who senses these spirits and seems to understand what they are feeling. I thought that the cat parts were sweet and touching, adding an interesting depth to the tale. Brooks says it figures that a cat would get all weird about spirits and such.

The story is about a young widow named Lily who needs a new start in her life. The setting in the Pacific Northwest is vivid and beautifully detailed, as are Lily's vintage clothing boutique and the residents of her new little town. Then a mysterious white cat with one blue eye and one green eye arrives.  "Lily thought she saw an aura, a subtle rainbow of color surrounding the cat, as if the creature was not of this world..."

Thus Lily begins a journey of healing. Saved by the hidden graces of others, she even allows herself to fall in love again. Brooks gives Enchanting Lily 4 out of 5 wags. I think this is partially because there was not a major dog character.
  

If you're looking for a bit of a quirky read, that is light, well-written, imaginative, and hopeful, then pick up Enchanting Lily. The book will be released on August 7th... but you could win a copy here right now! Just leave a comment below and tell me why you'd like to win this book. I'd be delighted if you also  followed this blog and liked my facebook page too, if you haven't already. Tell me that you did and you'll get another entry. Thanks! And good luck! Two winners will be announced on Wednesday's blog.

About the Author: 
Anjali Banerjee was born in India, and raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of seven previous novels.  Banerjee lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.  Visit her website at www.anjalibanerjee.com.

*I was provided with a review copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. And Brooks'. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Easy Canvas gives back to pet rescue

Don't you just love it when pet product companies give back to animal causes? Especially if it's a really cool product that you'd like to have, anyway.

When I saw this product, Easy Canvas, I thought that it looked attractive and fun. It's a unique canvas print made from any photo that you send in. Part of the fun of having pets is capturing that perfect expression or lovable pose in a picture, and why not display it in a way that looks great.

Throughout July, Easy Canvas will donate 25% of all Easy Canvas Prints revenue generated through Canvas for a Cause back to these non-profit animal welfare and pet adoption organizations: Emancipet, Austin Humane Society, Pets for Vets, and Humane Society of Williamson County. There's still time! Orders must be placed at www.easycanvasprints.com/pets to be included in the Canvas for a Cause program.As an added perk, you will receive 25% off plus free standard shipping when you purchase through Canvas for a Cause! That's a 25% discount, plus a 25% donation. This offer is valid now through July 31, 2012.



*Easy Canvas is sending me a canvas print to review. I did not get it yet, but I wanted to tell you about this special deal before it is over, in case you want to order your own. I'll let you know how I like my print next week! (The review offer did not influence my decision to run this post...I would have told you about it anyway, because I believe in spreading the word about ways to help animal causes!)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Antler Chews from Mr. Chewy

Kelly wants a bone.
I've just about gone crazy trying to figure out the issue of dog bones.

Are they safe or not?















Recently, I came across this article from the FDA with the title: No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog. This is distressing. Dogs are supposed to chew bones, aren't they? But raw bones may have harmful bacteria. Cooked bones can break their teeth. Chunks of bone may splinter and cause dangerous obstructions. What is a dog-loving mom supposed to do? I want to provide my dogs with safe, delicious chewing options.

That is why I was delighted to discover Doggie Delicacy All Natural Dog Chews Antlers.
















 These antlers are naturally shed, so no animal is hurt in collecting them. They come in deer, elk and moose and in various sizes. You can order them from Mr. Chewy and they'll be delivered right to your door in no time at all. Ours only took two days!

I selected a large deer antler for Kelly. Because, as a senior, Brooks seems to have a bit more trouble chewing, I ordered him a large Splitz bone, which is cut down the middle to expose the "good stuff" inside. 
Brooks waiting for his antler chew.

















The dogs immediately went crazy for these antlers. In fact, they were so high value I felt better in separating them while they enjoyed their chews, just so that Kelly wouldn't get possessive and take them both. They both chewed vigorously non-stop for more than half an hour. Kelly at times stopped to lick the antler. It was fun watching them hold the antlers with their front paws...
































and get in various different positions for optimal chewing... 

I can't believe how Brooks got his hind legs to do this!

















After 1/2 hour I decided to limit the length of time with these treats and take them away for a while. Kelly's had no splinters and no discernible tooth marks or damage. I am confident that she will be able to enjoy this antler for a long time, making it a cost-effective treat.















Brooks had eaten away a small part of the insides, which is safe. None of the antler itself is broken or chipped.















If you are looking for a safe chew for your dogs, antlers may be the answer! As with any chew or toy, supervise your dogs to make sure that they do not present any choking danger. I can't see my dogs biting off a chunk of these, but will continue to watch as time goes on. I highly recommend checking out Mr. Chewy and ordering Doggie Delicacy Antlers for dogs who love to chew. The Splitz was definitely the right choice for a senior dog with less jaw and tooth strength.

*Mr. Chewy provided us with one antler chew to review. The opinions here are 100% my own honest opinions about the product. We purchased the second chew on our own so that both dogs would have a chew to try.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Dog Days of Summer

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

* Dog trainer Bill Berloni plucked a terrier from death row at a Houston shelter to become the next Sandy in Broadway's Annie. Bill Berloni discovered the very first Sandy in 1977 from a Connecticut shelter, and has trained every Sandy since.

* Jeers to the Pennsylvania hoarder who kept nearly 200 chihuahuas in his home. The dogs were seized, treated and will be put up for adoption.

* Cheers to malls now housing animal adoption centers instead of pet stores.

* WiseGeek, touted as "clear answers for common questions" responds to the query, "Do goats make good pets?" Is this really a common question?

* CBS news reports that 8 obese cats were enrolled in a healthy diet program. (I hope they read my book!)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue- Super Seniors

Today I'm joining Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue,  a special online global event held on July 23, 2012 stressing the importance of dog adoption. Dog Rescue Success  is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, BTC4animals.com and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.

I'd like to share with you my
  Top 10 Reasons To Adopt a Senior Dog

Brooks is a purebred golden retriever, gentle, sweet, gets along well with other dogs. No behavioral issues. Yet he sat unwanted in a shelter and rescue groups for more than a year. Why? Because Brooks is 11 years old. Happily, we adopted him just 3 months ago. Yes, it was a bit of a struggle to decide about adopting a senior dog and risk having my heart break too soon but...it turned out to be a wonderful choice, for many reasons:

1. Brooks didn't need to be housebroken. Been there, done that.

2. With Brooks, we didn't have to wonder how big he'd grow up to be or anything. We could see his full grown size, his hair length, etc.

3.  His personality was fully developed too. He was calm and laid back on our first walk together at the adoption clinic, and he remains calm and laid back today.

3. As a senior, Brooks doesn't require an extensive amount of exercise. A few good walks, some tosses of the tennis ball in the yard, and he's happy. This kind of fits with my philosophy on life!

4. Brooks sets a peaceful tone in the house. No puppy crazies. No zoomies. He's pretty content to nap by my feet. (again, my philosophy!)

5. Brooks already knows basic commands. He easily responds to no, sit, come here, lay down. He needs a little work on "stay."

6. Brooks isn't teething, and doesn't chew the furniture or have to make slobbery holes in socks and shoes left on the floor.

7.  Brooks doesn't require constant monitoring like a puppy. I am careful about keeping trash out of reach (especially after that dangerous episode with a corncob) and keeping his environment safe, but for the most part he doesn't get into things he shouldn't.

8.  Brooks sleeps through the night. I've already served my time getting up at night with kids (and puppies) for potty breaks, bad dreams, etc. I like that my old boy will sleep as long as I do!

9. Brooks is full of love. This may not be a quality unique to senior dogs, but I just have to say that Brooks has so much love to give, and gives love easily. No way to know what his life was like before he came to us, but he seems to appreciate the care and love we give him, and settles easily into the job of being the best dog he can be. Maybe that's a sign of canine maturity.

10. Brooks had been unadopted for nearly a year. Senior dogs are often overlooked because people worry about having less time together, and having to deal with heartbreak sooner. But the way I look at it, I am happy to give Brooks a loving home for however many years he has left.
 
 Millions of dogs are euthanized each year while waiting for their ”forever home”. Seniors are often the first to go. We can make a difference. Share this post, and other posts today, across all forms of social media and help everyone to learn about the joys of dog rescue. Even if you don't adopt a senior dog, there are dogs of all sizes, shapes, colors and ages out there, waiting for their forever homes.

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* There are many reasons to buy a pet from a reputable breeder. The main problem, as most of us know, is the puppy mills, and pet stores that get their dogs from puppy mills. Boooooo!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Shades of Grey

Shades of greyhound that is. Hey, these sleek dogs are just as interesting and exciting as that book! Even better, greyhounds make wonderful family pets, and adopting a retired racing greyhound can be a rewarding experience. I'd like to introduce you today to Shawnelle Eliasen and her family, and their new addition, Sissy. With 5 busy boys in the family, I'd say they are all happy to have a canine sister! Today I'm interviewing Shawnelle about adopting a retired racing greyhound.

What are some of the typical personality qualities of a greyhound?
SE: They are sensitive, peaceful, calm, intelligent, compliant, gentle

Do greyhounds need a lot of exercise? Do they need room to run? 
SE: Greys are bred to race, but they don't need a large place to run or a great deal of exercise. They're sprinters, not marathon runners, so they do very well with a walk or two a day. A small area to romp around in once in a while is good, too (they do need to be fenced when romping free).

Are greyhounds good for families?  
SE: Yes - but I think it’s important to consider the nature of your family. Though we have a houseful of boys, our home is still peaceful and calm. Like with any breed, it’s important to find the right fit.

Do retired racing dogs have any specific health concerns?
SE: Some of the dogs we looked at had leg injuries. They'd been rehabilitated and some had limitations or needed special care. Greys also are known to have bad teeth (regular brushing helps with that).

What was your biggest challenge in adopting a greyhound? 
SE: I think that because greys are bred to race and come with only experiences related to track and kennel life, introducing a grey to a home atmosphere can be a process. For us, it wasn't necessarily a challenge, but it does take some time. Every sight, sound, aspect of family living is new and different for a grey. Ours didn’t know how to climb the stairs. Windows puzzled her. The hum of the vacuum or sounds from the television were alarming at first. But with time, patience, and lots of tlc, Sissy adapted in no time at all.

What advice do you have for others wishing to adopt a greyhound?  
SE: Read up! Greys are such a special and distinct breed. They need help adjusting to the new track (their retirement life). It's important to understand their stress responses, their nature, and how to help them adjust to home life. But the reward couldn’t be more rich or sweet.

Do you have any good books to recommend about greyhounds? 
SE: Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingwell, Greyhounds (Breedlover's Guide) by Cindy Victor

What is the best thing about having Sissy in your lives? 
SE: I love that we were able to provide a home for sweet Sissy, and that after racing years, her retirement is peaceful. It's precious to see her seek and accept affection. And watching my boys love her - that breaks me. They're so tender with Sissy, and when she responds by resting her head on their laps or nudging them with her nose, my heart warms fast. We're so grateful to have Sissy in our home.

Here is a story Shawnelle wrote for the greyhound adoption center:


SOLD ON SISSY
BY
Shawnelle Eliasen
“We need a dog,” I said.
My husband Lonny and I were taking a walk. Three of our five sons bolted ahead, feet crunching winter frost.
Lonny looked at me with the expression. The strained expression he always wore when I mentioned a dog. “We’re too busy,” he said. “Too busy with the boys.”
“Oh, c’mon,” I said. “They’d love a dog.”
That was true. Well, three-fifths true. Our college boy wasn’t keen on house pets, and our four-year-old had had a frightening dog experience. But the three in the middle would be overjoyed.
Still Lonny was firm. Until the blustery day I pulled him to the adoption center to look at greys. “Just a peek,” I said. “An information-gathering thing.”
Lonny made the face. But he went anyway.
At the adoption center, he and I met three beautiful girls. One was especially loving. One sported a charming needle-nose grin. One panted a lot. But there was something about her eyes. Espresso brown. Kind. Deep.
“How will we ever choose?” I asked.
Lonny shook his head. The worried look was gone. The greys, with their grace, strength, and calm natures, had pressed into his heart.
A couple of weeks later, we returned with the gang. We were there to see the panting dog. We’d been unable to forget her eyes. Those stretch-into-your-soul eyes.
A volunteer named Karen had been working carefully with our family, to learn a little about us. To help with the right fit. When she came around the corner with tawny Sissy on a lead, I hoped this was the one. Three of my sons went to their knees with outstretched hands. Our big guy held back. The small one twisted around my leg.
Sissy proved to be a real lady. Her dog manners rocked. She was patient and kind, even when lost in a knot of excited young men. She began to pant a little harder, her long sides flicking fast. But when we took her outside to play, she settled. My little guy even pried from my legs. Four boys and Sissy ran and played. She tore, in great, fast loops, around the yard. Then she’d stop, spot-on, beside the boys. She never jumped. She respected her boundary. When the playing was over, our big guy knelt and stretched out his hand. Sissy came forward, with all kindness and grace.
Boy number one? He’d joined the pack, too.
Over the next few weeks, we visited Sissy at the adoption center. Karen watched Sissy closely, but she observed my boys, too. She noted Sissy’s gentleness with our youngest son. He was still nervous. But Sissy didn’t approach him. She knew to give him time and space.
And after a month, we signed on the line and brought our girl home.
The rest is sweet history. Sissy settled into our home like she was built to be here. We home teach, and during the day, Sissy is sprawled on our schoolroom floor. Recess means a walk. She bounds with joy at the jingle of her lead. When our oldest is home from college, Sissy is his sidekick. Their gentle natures meshed with ease. And the little guy? When he wakes in the morning, he first greets our grey. Then he lies down and curls into her. Guess what? Perfect fit.
Sissy, we’ve learned, is a little shy. The panting, which stopped early on, happens only when she’s out-of-her-zone. But teaching her to trust us, learning our way together, has been a beautiful thing. She’s taken the love in our home and has run with it. It’s deeper. Even more rich. With this girl, the goodness is multiplied.
 It overflows.
Last week we were out for another family walk. This time the sun rested firm on our shoulders. Lonny held the lead, and Sissy pranced by his side. Well, sort of by his side. Three young boys flanked our dog, hands resting gently in her back.
“Well,” I said, “What do you think? About the dog?”
Lonny looked at me. His smile was broad and full. So was his heart for this little lady.
“Sold,” was what he said.

Visit Shawnelle's blog, Family Grace with My Five Sons.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Go Pet Friendly travels my way!

A few weeks ago the Go Pet Friendly mobile traveled through upstate New York. I was delighted to get together with Amy Burkert from Go Pet Friendly, along with Kim Clune from This One Wild Life. We met for lunch and chatted about dogs, blogs, and Be the Change for Animals, of which they are the founding members and I am staff writer. How fortunate that all three of us could talk in person about our plans and hopes for the site, and for sharing avenues to help educate others about worthy animal causes.

Amy sported her Go Pet Friendly t-shirt, and I enjoyed hearing her talk about her work, and could clearly see her dedication. Go Pet Friendly is absolutely your must-visit site if you want to travel with your dog. They'll help you find hotels, campsites, restaurants and pet friendly attractions to visit. And they just sponsored 5 spay/neuter's to Kim's Doghouse Adoptions. How cool is that? By the way, I'm so proud of Doghouse Adoptions, because I got to hear Kim talk about this when it was still more of a dream than a reality. And now it is going strong!

I gave Amy and Kim signed copies of my new book, Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw.



















Amy gave me a copy of the Go Pet Friendly calendar!
 And everyone came back to my house to meet Kelly and Brooks.




















































I've felt connected to other bloggers, but since I haven't been able to attend conferences like Blogpaws, and Barkworld (where Kim will be speaking in October!) I haven't met many in person. I'm fortunate that Kim lives close enough nearby that we've been able to visit on occasion. And it was a great treat to meet Amy. (I'm sorry I missed Rod, Ty and Buster though!)  I hear they are now visiting Burlington Vermont, my hometown! Happy travels guys!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup-- Heatwave Edition

Hi and welcome to Wednesday pet roundup. We're having a heatwave, so Brooks and Kelly cooled off by the lake. Here they're bringing you the latest links!

* Splash! Everything you always wanted to know about dock diving on the New York Times sports.

* The most expensive dog wedding: Baby Hope and poodle Chilly were wed in New York City in a $270,00 affair. Don't woof too loud, though, the event raised $50,000 to benefit the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward at the Humane Society of New York.

*  One of the most thorough articles I've read about How to Help Abandoned Pets. The Los Angeles Times shares how to stop pet overpopulation, how to keep your pet out of a shelter, and how to go beyond pet ownership.

* Like Lolcats? The world's first film festival dedicated to viral cat videos debuts August 30th!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are Lennox- Love Letter to the family

My friend Sharon (from WOOF! dog rescue) shared this video with me.
She writes:
"Here is a beautiful love letter to the family that lost Lennox to BSL (Breed
Specific Legislation) in Ireland..Lennox did nothing to deserve being
killed....He was a good boy."

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brooks on the Mend

Many of you have been wondering how Brooks is recovering. He had his 2 week post-op check up and I can report to you that he's healing very well!
The incision looks wonderful. I told the vet that she was brilliant and she grinned and said "I love doing surgery!!" I can't imagine that. But glad someone does!

Brooks was cleared to take OFF the cone of shame....and resume his regular activities, slowly.
He's very happy about that!  Kelly still isn't admitting it, but I think she's glad he's feeling better.

Brooks, my family, and I want to thank you all for your prayers and get well wishes while he was in surgery and recovering. It's always stressful when our best friends are ill...and your love and support means a lot.

luv
Peggy, Mike, Brooks and Kelly

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blog the Change- Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

 











Brooks and Kelly (above) were once both homeless and unwanted.  I can't imagine why anyone threw them away. But lucky for us, we adopted them and they are not a wonderful part of our family. Because pet overpopulation is a dire problem, we support pet adoption. We can spread the word about helping homeless pets. Won't you join us on July 23rd for:

FOR DOG RESCUE

 

On that day, bloggers are uniting to blog about pet adoption. Millions of dogs are euthanized each year while waiting for their ”forever home”. We can make a difference. Visit Be the Change for Animals  and Dog Rescue Success for more information.
  • Blog about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Add one of the badges below to your blog and help spread the word
  • Interested in adopting a companion? Visit Petfinder or The Shelter Project. 
  • Donate to a local dog rescue organization
  • Foster a dog
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Share this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!
Post one of these badges to help promote this event. Copy and paste--help yourself!










































Friday, July 13, 2012

2 Million Dogs Calendar

2 Million Dogs is such a hopeful organization. They are partners for a new hope in cancer research, for dogs. Because cancer touches everyone.

Now you can enter their calendar contest. Hurry, entries close on July 27th!







Who Can Enter? Any dog who currently has or has had cancer (living or passed) can be entered, including dogs who have been entered before. Yes, you can enter more than one dog. Entering your dog(s) is free and easy. 





What do I send and where? Send a high resolution digital photo of your dog and his or her story (about 150 words) to Erich at erich@2milliondogs.org. Make sure the photo is a minimum of 500kb.  As entries arrive, we'll post them to our 2 Million Dogs blog so you can have plenty of time to meet all the contestants.

How do we vote? On July 8, we'll post a link on our blog and that link will take you to where you cast your votes for your favorite dogs. All the dogs' stories and photos will be available to view. 1 dollar = 1 vote. The 13 dogs with the most votes win places on this year's calendar.

Where do my voting dollars go?  We're excited to announce that this year the proceeds from the Calendar will be dedicated to help fund a canine cancer study with The Broad Institute and the top 13 winners will decide which one of three studies to fund: osteosarcoma, lymphoma, or mast cell tumors. Your votes will have a direct and lasting impact on canine cancer research! (For more on each study, please click on the links.)
For more information visit the 2 million dogs website

To learn more about the ground-breaking research The Broad Institute is doing, please follow this link.

For all the details on the calendar, how to enter and how to vote, please click this link.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bark to School 101: Get Along with Others

I am participating in an opportunity to receive a spot as a free sponsor in the #BarktoSchool Twitter Party, to be hosted by Event Barkers on August 12. Event Barkers is a social media promotions group run by http://www.AllThingsDogBlog.com and http://www.DogTipper.com and their team. In exchange for blogging about their party, posting to my Facebook page about the event, and Tweeting about the theme, I will be entered in a drawing to win a free sponsorship. As a sponsor, I will receive 3 weeks of pre-party promotion at several top blogs such as DogTipper.com, AllThingsDogBlog.com, CatTipper.com, MyPetAllergies.com, and 5MinutesforFido.com, and ParisandJohn.com. In addition, I will be mentioned in promotional Tweets by these sites' handles along with @EventBarkers, receive Facebook postings by their sites, and the Twitter Party will encourage guests to visit my site. Event Barkers will even encourage their readers to sign up for my newsletter. I hope you will join the fun by following the hashtag #BarktoSchool. Wish me luck!

It may seem far off, but back to school time is really fast approaching. Staples and Walmart have their Back to School sales starting already! And in a few short weeks, we'll be turning the calendar to August....you know what comes next!

Back to School means a lot of things to me. This will be the FIRST year in 22 years that I haven't sent a kid off to school. My oldest graduated from college 5 years ago and my youngest graduated from college in May. Yay!! It's a strange, yet happy, feeling knowing that they're no longer students, and now young adults. I feel super blessed that they are on their own, working--son's a database engineer and daughter's a software engineer--and happy.

Now Bark to School, that means something different! With dogs, there's always something to learn. Both for them, and for us. We are back to kindergarten: How to get along with others. Since we adopted Brooks two months ago, Kelly has been working on this lesson. She started off earning an F in the subject. Now, she's up to a B minus. lol. At first she couldn't look at Brooks without picking a fight. Gradually, the issues erupted only over food and toys. Things are much better now, but she still has her moments where she says "enough is enough." When Brooks climbs into my lap, for example, she can't bear it. And when they each have a special toy, such as a stuffed Kong, she continually takes his away, no matter how many times I give it back.

So for us, we will continue working on manners and getting along with others at Bark to School!

I'm looking forward to the Bark to School Twitter Party, hosted by All Things Dog Blog and Event Barkers! If you haven't been to one of their Twitter Parties, you should stop by on August 12 and check it out, and maybe you'll even win a prize!

Bark in the Park

What's more American than baseball in the summer? If going to the ballpark is one of your favorite summer activities, you might find that, in some cases, you can even bring your dog! Recently, we attended Bark in the Park event at the Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy to watch the Hudson Valley Cats play. This was the day before before Brooks got sick. (Interesting side note: That night we saw Brooks' vet there, and she said when she saw him she thought something was wrong, but she couldn't pinpoint it. I wonder what she noted?) There were lots of other dogs there, all breeds and sizes, and everyone seemed to be having a great time!

Posing just outside the gates.
Getting our tickets checked.
Brooks wasn't very interested in the action.
Mike and Brooks together.
Man, his dog, and his favorite sport.
Got any treats in your pocket, Dad?
Meeting a friend.
Even though this is a cat, Brooks didn't mind.
A Valley Cat employee says hello.
Brooks own vet had a table there!
Hello. Which team are you rooting for?
A good seat for the game.
Did someone say beer?
Guide dogs in training.

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