Friday, May 29, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Pet Fest is an annual arts and crafts Pet Festival and Family Fun Day is organized by the Humane Society of Jackson County that will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at The Birdhouse in Braselton, located at 1866 Hwy. 211. To get there, take exit 126 off of I-85 and turn towards Winder - The Birdhouse will be less than 1 mile on the right. The event will include microchipping, Canine Good Citizen Testing, pet demonstrations, a Kids’ Area, food, live music with two bands, pet-related vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a celebrity dunking booth and much more! Pet Fest will also double as a spring get-together for the Jackson County Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association.
The first 300 people at Pet Fest will receive a FREE goodie bag filled with tons of great pet supplies, so be sure to arrive early! A Pet Parade will kick off at 2 p.m. Entrants in the parade will have the opportunity to participate in the Pet Contest, which includes prizes for dogs and their owners who are the best in “Owner & Dog Look-a-Like,” “Most School Spirit,” “Uga Look-A-Like,” “Best Costume,” “Best Kisser,” “Best Talker” and more. Pet photographer Pat Keene,will be on site to capture memories of you & your pet – children’s pictures welcome too! For just $35 pet owners get four 4” x 6” prints of a variety of poses, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Jackson County.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Fortunately, Brady has slowed down a bit with age, although he's still finished with his meals a few minutes before Cooper. When Brady was younger, however, we had to find a way to combat his fast eating. Eating too fast can make dogs sick or worse, can put them at risk for a potentially fatal condition known as gastric bloat. Several companies have come up with a great dog bowl design that helps to slow dogs down while eating (just Google "dog bowl for fast eaters" and you'll find several listings) - the most common design features a set of 3 plastic cones that stick up in the middle of the bowl. The cones force dogs to maneuver around the cones in order to get to their food - slowing down the eating process. While using his special bowl, Brady was still able to eat faster than Cooper, but at least it prevented him from inhaling his entire meal in two bites. We ordered our special bowl in a size Medium from Orvis, and it stood up pretty well to the test of a large Labrador. I do have to throw up one caution - the bowl is made from plastic and will show teeth marks - if you have a chewer in your household, I'd be sure to put the bowls up after mealtime.
We spent most of our holiday weekend indoors. The weather did not cooperate for much of the weekend - we had unusually cool weather, quite a few rain showers and very little sunshine. No pool time for us. Luckily, we were able to enjoy an afternoon of hiking and swimming (well, swimming for the boys) at one of Brady & Cooper's favorite spots - Elachee Nature Center. We packed a lunch and went on a 3 mile hike Sunday afternoon, and the boys had a blast. Look out for fun pictures from the park tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy the picture of Paco - one of Brady & Cooper's friends - Paco is quite the worldly dog - he spent his first two years living it up at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. Lucky dog!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The first cutie's name is Jockey. The pictures don't do Jockey justice, but they're all I have to work with right now. Jockey is a 7 year old male purebred Chocolate Labrador Retriever. I love his name & I obviously have a soft spot in my heart for Chocolate Labs. At 7 years old, Jockey is likely a much calmer version of my two monsters and would make a great addition to any family.
The second handsome male featured today is Birch. At 12 years old, Birch is a dignified senior that deserves a lot of love and attention. Please excuse his picture -- unfortunately, Birch has had a rough time lately, dealing with conjunctivitis in his eyes - but that's nothing that a little vet attention can't handle!
I think that these two handsome fellows would make any family happy & I'd love to help the two of them find loving, permanent homes. If you're interested in Jockey or Birch, please contact Atlanta Lab Rescue at (404)261-LABS or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to pass this post along to anyone you know that might be able to offer a good home to these sweethearts.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
One of my best friends from college recently started this blog as a way to reflect on the things that make her happy. I love reading her blog because it makes me realize how many things I take for granted when I get caught up in my day to day routine. In the spirit of Happiness Is... I thought I'd share a few of the little things in life that make me happy. Here's a short list of a few random things that popped into my head this morning:
Summer cookouts & crab boils
Friday, May 8, 2009
When reading through my favorite blogs earlier in the week, I came across this story by art4milkbones about her rescued Golden Retriever named Mulligan (you may remember that art4milkbones makes and sells adorable dog signs and leash holders on Etsy - including the Recycle Love sign that I bought a few weeks ago). If you're a dog lover like I am, please click here to read Mully's story - I promise you'll be glad you did!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I'd love to continue to fill up the map, so as an incentive for those of you located in states or countries (hopefully we'll need to increase the map to cover the globe soon) that are not yet filled in, I'll include a free set of return address labels with each set of 12 note cards purchased from my shop by the 1st purchaser from each new state. Just add the code "USA" (along with your state or country) in the Notes to Seller section of your order, and I'll be in touch with details!
Tune back in later to see an updated map!