Pups and Pints and Everything Nice

If you’ve been following the blog for its entire life (about a year and a half) you probably know by now how much I love what I do. I basically get to plan really fun events for people and their dogs, all to raise money for homeless animals. Everything from holiday themed parties to adoption events at microbreweries to fundraisers on rooftop bars, for the last two years I’ve had the pleasure of putting my creativity to work to help animals.

Most recently, we teamed up with a fabulous sponsor to hold a new event that we named Pups & Pints. The sponsor, Bone Jour, knew a local restaurant owner who was interested in holding a fundraiser for the Humane Society (which is usually how awesome events like this get started). A few planning meetings later and we had an outdoor party featuring a band, beer and free stuff – all with your dog. Sounds like the best event ever, right?

On top of all that, the band that The Irish Inn (the generous restaurant) booked to play is actually one of my all time favorite local groups. I first saw The 19th Street Band about a year ago and instantly fell in love when they did back to back covers of Sublime, Taylor Swift and Mumford and Sons.  When I found out that they were going to be donating their time to this event I could not contain my excitement. Yes at their shows I am that fan dancing the night away on the dance floor even when no one else is out there!

As with any event you’re putting together for the first time, the unknown about how many people are going to show up is really terrifying. For the first ten minutes of the event I was convinced no one was coming. Then all of a sudden it was like everyone got off work at the same time and came over, and it became packed! Whew!

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The evening ended up being full of laughing, dancing, drinking (not me of course :-)), singing and celebrating the success that the event was for homeless animals. The dogs didn’t even seem to mind the music! Thanks to the efforts of The Irish Inn, Bone Jour and The 19th Street Band we raised a ton of money for shelter animals.  If you enjoy supporting your local organizations, I suggest you head over to their websites and see what they’ve got planned for this summer – after all, “event season” is in full swing!

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Happy Friday, y’all!


Big Hugs

When you’re an event planner, you learn to appreciate those around you. You learn to appreciate your committee members who know the event just as well as you do so they can trouble shoot in your absence. You learn to appreciate the volunteers who spend an entire one of their weekend days at your event without any compensation. You learn to appreciate the vendors who understand when there’s a hiccup in the logistics and the businesses who put a little extra hustle on your orders the week before when things are running behind deadlines. You learn to appreciate the people in your life who not only understand your extra-busy schedule around event season, but go out of their way to give you a reason to smile during the most stressful times. You really learn to appreciate your parents who watch your foster dog for you during all those 10 hour work days leading up to the event and who bring said foster dog to the big day just to visit you.

You learn to appreciate the fact that all those awesome people deserve really big hugs.

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To adopt Johnnie Cash, check out her Adopt Me! page.


Please Excuse the Brief Interruption

It feels like we’ve been running a marathon over here as we prepare for The Love Ball – but tomorrow is finally the big day! Sorry for the brevity of my posts this past week. I promise to be back in full force once this weekend is over! Thanks for sticking with me and coming back despite the sparse content.  The amount these puppies are wagging their tails is the amount that I appreciate you:

Happy Friday.


Hurricane of a Week. . .

Natural disasters sure know how to show up at the worst possible times, don’t they?  I’ve been dreading this week since far before the talk of this Frankenstorm came about. You see, we’ve got our biggest event of the year, The Love Ball, coming up this Saturday and, as the event planner, that means I’ve basically sold my soul to Love Ball until it’s over.  The week before a major event always consists of last minute detail tweaking, perfecting, modifying and finalizing – not to mention crisis management. Add a record breaking hurricane to that and you’ve got quite the “perfect storm” (har har) for an event planner’s worst nightmare. So yeah, this is going to be quite an interesting five days.

Last year’s Love Ball, a gala where you can mix, mingle, dance and dine – all with your dog! Photo by Joseph Allen Images.

The Love Ball 2011 – we are looking forward to this year! Photo by Joseph Allen Images.

Everyone on the East Coast being effected by Sandy, please stay safe!  Many local emergency response teams are setting up evacuation shelters for both animals and pets – so if you have to evacuate, please don’t leave the critters behind! Be sure to have an emergency plan for ALL members in your family, pets included.

In the same vein, many shelters will need extra help this week if they lose power or evacuate! The Baltimore shelter, BARCS, is evacuating 200+ animals probably as you’re reading this. If you’re able, look up if your local shelter needs help!

Stay safe and dry, everyone!


Fostermama’s Big Day: Paws in the Park

To my serious dismay I have been kept home a LOT the past week. No going to work with mama because she says she has mee-tings all day. It’s just me and fostergrandpa hangin out in the house for the looooong day that fostermama is at work. Then she comes home all sleepy and curls up on the couch with me and a glass of wine so we can blog. That part I of course do not mind.

Fostermama says all this time she is spending at work is because of my blog entry about paws yesterday some event called Paws in the Park. She says its a doggie walk and festivul, and that I get to go because I’m an MCHS adoptable! Yippee! Apparently I’ll be sticking with fosterdad that day though because fostermama will be too busy running around like a crazy person making sure everything goes smoothly.

She seems a little bit nervous about this event if ya ask me. Not necessarily scared nervous, but excited nervous – kinda like I get when I think we’re heading to my favorite spot in the creek but I’m still not sure yet. She talks a lot about how she’s never done this before so she’s worried she’s forgetting something, but I told her if I’m there that’s all she’ll need! Okay, maybe not all she’ll need… but still.  For how much time she has been working on this, she HAS to be ready! Besides, it sounds like they’ve got everything lined up as best as it’s gonna get: the vendors, the rescue groups, the activities, the demos – what more can you be forgetting, mama? I told her to just point me in the direction of the hot dogs and she won’t have to worry about me, I’ll be good to go.

I’m excited to strut my stuff wearing my Adopt Me vest and bandana in front of hundreds of people – maybe I will even find my forever family?? At the very least it will be a fun afternoon hanging out with fosterdad, and after this I will get fostermama back a whole lot more. Hooray!

Plus, I hear my friends over at Jasmine’s House will be there as one of the rescue groups! If any of you DC area folks are coming to the event, be sure to make your way over to their booth to say hi and buy some of awesome Jasmine’s House merch! Then of course look for me, as I put my paws in the park.

For more information about adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.