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!


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!

Austin Part 1 : Boots, Dogs, and Weddings

Yesterday I got back from one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on. Last Thursday morning I hopped on a plane to Austin, Texas. Otis revealed last week that I was going to visit the Love & a Six-Foot Leash crew, but I was actually there for a different reason initially. Fosterdad’s cousin was getting married down there, so the dual-purpose trip worked out perfectly. Please excuse the amount of iPhone photos in this post, I promise some adora-bull real camera pictures will show up tomorrow. . .

After arriving on Thursday and having our first of many meals at Mexican restaurants, we settled in and immediately went cowboy boot shopping. I have my trusted old pair, but Mark’s never owned any and we figured this was as good a time as ever to get him some. We headed to Allan’s Boots on South Congress St. and found what I’d like to refer to as “cowgirl heaven”. I was on cloud nine, and we both walked out with a new pair of boots.

You also better believe I immediately found some adoptable animals! Austin Pets Alive is an amazing rescue organization in Austin, and they hold regular adoption events right in a busy area of town. They also have a jog-a-dog program which fits in line perfectly for how much of a running city Austin is. So cool to see how other organizations do things!

After exploring for a good part of the day, we checked out the Austin city night life, including some of the great live music it’s known for.

Friday was the day of the wedding, but we had the whole morning and afternoon to see more of what Austin’s got to offer. That lead us to Barton Springs, or “the Soul of Austin” as it refers to itself as, which is a great water hangout spot created from natural springs. Outside of Barton Springs’ fence was this scene. These dogs were all having such a blast, I could have watched for hours! Can you spy the pittie puppy? :-)

The wedding that evening was absolutely gorgeous, held outside on a small, charming piece of Austin land. It was so nice having everyone together for such a sweet occasion (I’m such a sap). Here we are with fosterdad’s family.

Photo credit to Mr. B

But seriously, check out these details! Can you say Pinterest perfection?

Now this whole time I was very lucky because I knew I didn’t have to worry about my little munchkin back at home. My mom was so sweet and sent me updates in picture form almost every day! Here are two showing first “Otis waiting for his own breakfast” and then “Otis going to get fostergrandma’s breakfast”. Thank goodness for amazing parents!

Then Saturday morning came the next part of our adventure, but you’ll have to wait to hear about all that until tomorrow! Sneak preview:

(And yes, they are even more adorable in person than on the blog, if that is even possible.)

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.