Small Dog Playday This Weekend!

Small Dog Playday This Weekend!

Small Dog Playday This Weekend!
I’ve mentioned our upcoming small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool a few times, but now that it’s only a few days away I am ready to reveal more details!
The playday will be indoors [from 1-5pm] and will be open to dogs 20 pounds and under. Thank dog for air conditioning! Bottled water will be provided. Admission is $5 OR one dog toy to be donated. All dog toy donations will benefit Austin Pets Alive, who have gone ABOVE and BEYOND to help the pets displaced by the recent Texas wildfires.
There will many activities for you and your pooch to enjoy: goody bags, door prizes, a treasure dig [Which sounds pawesome! Teeny is very excited about this.], a beauty pawlor provided by Dirty Dog, dog cookies, and even doggy yoga and massage demos provided by Austin Doga & Wright Vibes Animal Massage!
Who’s coming? Hope to see you all there!

Texas Wildfires

Texas Wildfires

Texas Wildfires
Bastrop State Park, about 30 miles
outside of Austin, on 09-05-2011.
This week I have been getting lots of emails/messages/tweets asking if we are being affected by the central Texas wildires. The fires are too close for comfort but far enough that we are safe. Bastrop is about 30 miles away from us, and the fire in the Steiner Ranch neighborhood is about 12 miles away. My boss lives in Steiner Ranch and his house burned to the ground on Sunday night. He and his wife were out of town for the day and did not even have a chance to save any of their belongings. Thank goodness they don’t have any pets…
Outside the air is thick with smoke and it smells like someone is barbequing about five feet away. The TCEQ is recommending that everyone stay indoors, windows and doors shut, and limit their exposure to the smoke. For an active city that loves to be outdoors, especially running Town Lake, this is a big deal. Still, we all know it could be worse. In Bastrop [see picture above] 35,000 acres have burned and 1,386 homes were destroyed. It hurts to see Austin, my city that I love so much, so wrecked. Still, I feel good about the people I am surrounded by: we have contacted various shelters to see if fosters are needed for animals evacuated from Bastrop shelters, and SO many people have volunteered none were needed at the time of my call. Amazing!
The only thing left to do is to help our friends & family with the rebuilding process. This weekend’s Hount Hunt benefits the Austin Humane Society, which has taken in a lot of displaced animals from Bastrop shelters. Our small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool on 9/24 will now benefit Austin Pets Alive!, who have gone out of their way to help shelter and care for the dogs transferred to them.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to make sure we are ok and out of harms way. I’ll post  more updates as I get them.

More Info About The Hount Hunt

More Info About The Hount Hunt

More Info About The Hount Hunt
September is shaping up to be a busy month for us! On September 24th we have our small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool and I’m excited to announce that on September 10th we will participate in The Hound Hunt! We mentioned this pawsome event before, but we have more details now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but Teeny will be a V*I*P part of the hunt.
If you need a refresher of what The Hound Hunt is, here is the description on the official website:
“Party Animals and It’s Pawsitively Irresistible are proud to bring you The Hound Hunt, a city wide, dog-centric scavenger hunt benefiting the Austin Human Society!
Teams may have up to 4 Humans and up to 4 Dogs. You’re not required to have a Hound during the hunt, but we think it will add for a FANTASTIC time! Plus, there are a few extra points for doggy activities… 
Sniffin’ Registration for the hunt begins at 2pm at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, and Pawsports will be handed out at 3pm on a first-in-line-bases.  You will visit several Hydrant Stops throughout the city, where your team will need to sniff out the clues & participate in barktivities included in your Pawsport. You can hunt in any order, and not all clues must be solved. There will be a mix of clues, activites and photos to be taken – so make sure to bring a camera!
At 6pm, teams will check-in at the Hound Round Up at metrodog and join the after PAWTY!  Points will be tallied, winners will be announced and prizes handed out. Your entire team must be present to win. After pawty will be from 6-8pm and is free & open to the public!”
Teeny and I will be involved in the hunt ~ not as participants, but as part of the clues. We hope to see all your smiling and drooling faces there. After all, it’s for a good cause; the Austin Humane Society! So put on your detective caps and head on over to the website to register. See ya on the 10th!

September Small Dog Playday & Dog Toy Drive

September Small Dog Playday & Dog Toy Drive

September Small Dog Playday & Dog Toy DriveIt looks like we won’t be having a toy drive for the month of August. I contacted several local organizations and have yet to hear back from anyone. After 2+ years of having monthly toy drives we may be starting to run out of hosts. I knew this would happen eventually! I’ll keep working on it, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you what we have planned for September.
On September 24, 2011 from 1-5pm we will be co-hosting a small dog playday [small dog in this case means 20 pounds and under] with our friends at Southpaws Playschool. Southpaws is a free range doggy daycare here in Austin, Texas. They also offer a range of products and training/obedience services. Bring your little furbaby for an afternoon of fun and we will have a few other fun things to announce as the event gets closer.
Teeny and Tootsie are really excited about the playday and hope to see you there!

Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!

I’m sure everyone has heard of the heat wave we’re having here in the South. Several months of 100+ degree days in a row with very little rain. And by very little, I basically mean NONE – we had a few minutes of sprinkles two weeks ago but I don’t think that even counts. One of my coworkers heard about an experiment where a woman used her car as an oven to bake chocolate chip cookies. With daily temperatures at around 105 degrees we decided to give it a shot.
On Friday, August 5th at noon [CST] we took a metal pan [lined with wax paper] and set it on my car dashboard. I bought pre-made cookie dough at the store. We put small chunks of the dough about two inches apart on the wax paper and closed up the car [see pic 1 below]. Temperatures were around 107 that day according to my car thermometer. After about two hours in the car we checked on the cookies, and they were expanding and rising quicker than we expected [see pic 2 below]. We decided to leave them in the car another few hours to see if they would harden. Three hours and 45 minutes later [at 3:45pm CST] the cookies were done [see pic 3 below].
The moral of the story is PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN CARS THAT GET SO HOT THEY CAN BE USED AS OVENS!
Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 1: The cookie dough is in
“the oven!”

 

Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 2: After two hours in the
hot car…

 

Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 3: Three hours and 45
mins later & they are done!

 

The Hound Hunt

The Hound Hunt

I am writing you today to tell you about a pawsome upcoming event in the Austin, Texas area. It’s called The Hound Hunt.
The Hound Hunt is a city-wide pet-centric scavenger hunt organized by our friends Party Animals  and It’s Pawsitively Irresistible [who were both involved with Teeny’s recent “seven year itch” themed birthday party]. It will take place from 3-5pm on September 10th, 2011. Teams of 2-4 people [you can also have up to 4 dogs on your team!] can participate.
In the words of the organizers: “Sniffin’ Registration begins at 2pm at Jo’s Coffee and Pawsports will be handed out at 3pm on a first-in-line basis. You will visit several Hydrant stops, where your team will need to sniff out the clues and participate in bartivities included in your Pawsport. You can hunt in any order, and not all clues must be solved. There will be a mix of clues, activities and photos to be taken – so make sure to wear comfy shoes and bring a camera!
At 6pm, teams will check into the Hound Round Up at metrodog, and join the after-pawty (which is free & open to the public)! Points will be tallied, winners will be announced and prizes handed out. Your entire team must be present to win! “
Teeny and I will be involved in the event and cannot wait. For more information and to register, please visit the official Hound Huntwebsite!

Caption That Contest Winner!

Caption That Contest Winner!

Caption That Contest Winner!
“Bobbing for bones – a great way
to beat the heat!”

Our summertime Caption That! contest is officially over and a winner has been chosen! The winning caption was written by Rob Easley [who runs an Australian Cattle Dog rescue website] and I will be shipping off his prize – a box of Hartz puppy goodies– this afternoon. The winning caption is below the photo located to the left. So cute!

Caption That Contest Winner!
The top box is full of the toys
for Emancipet and the
bottom box is the prize for
our “Caption That!” contest.

Also this afternoon I will be shipping off the remaining toys raised for Emancipet at Teeny’s “Seven Year Itch” party in June. There were 40 additional toys that still needed to be sent. I really hope the pooches at Emancipet enjoy their new goodies!

I am currently working on setting up a toy drive for the month of August, so please stay tuned – I should be posting that info soon!

Virtual Petwork and Austin are Helping Homeless Pets!

Have you ever heard of Adopt a Pet? It’s a pawsome website that harnesses the power of the internet [and TV and phone lines] to help find forever homes for animals. One way they do is by offering profiles of animals in shelters. [For an example, please click here to see a profile for Izzy, an adorable bull terrier / bulldog mix in the Austin area.] They are such a great website and I am so impressed to see what a difference they are making in the lives of adoptable pets.
Yesterday the folks at Adopt a Pet posted about Virtual Petwork [the pets only social network we launched earlier this year] in a blog about Austin, Texas organizations who are working to dogs and cats find forever homes. So cool! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.

Caption That Contest Time!

Caption That Contest Time!

Caption That Contest Time!
Photo of goodies you could
win in our Caption That
contest!
It’s time for another “CAPTION THAT” contest! I have a box that contains a whole bunch of great puppy goodies, including:
  • * A package of Hartz Home Protection puppy training pads,
  • * a PediPaws pet nail trimmer,
  • * a bag of Hartz Crunch n Clean bacon flavored Mini Bites,
  • * a Hartz Dura Play Football dog toy,
  • * a box of Hartz Crunch n Clean dog biscuits, and
  • * a Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker dog brush.
  • As usual, to win all you have to do is write a clever caption for the funny animal photo below. Leave your caption in the comments below this post, but make sure you also leave an email address so I will be able to get in touch with you if you win!
The contest begins today [07/14/2011] and will end in two weeks on Friday, July 29th. The photo you will be writing a caption for is below. I chose it in honor of the ridiculously hot weather we have been having here in Austin this summer.
Caption That Contest Time!
Good luck and happy captioning!