Quad Rock 50 Race, Rockin BBQ & Fire Dancing
Saving Dogs One Hungry Athlete at a Time!
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
Animal House Rescue was on hand for the second annual Quad Rock 50 Race, grilling up burgers and dishing out veggie Tambuli to hungry athletes and their adoring families, friends and admirers. Gnar Runners put on this amazing endurance trail race at Lory State Park this past Saturday. The event boasted over 176 runners finishing the 25-mile leg and 111 finishing the 50-mile course! Holy Cow! These runners are fit, fun and friendly!
Animal House Rescue organized the BBQ for the event which included hamburgers & chips, black bean burgers & veggie salads, and even gourmet drinks and home-made cookies.
Undeterred by charcoal that refused to stay lit, volunteers from Animal House, led by Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire Kim Clarkson, did a "fire dance" and somehow managed to serve up over two-hundred burgers. Many thanks to all the hungry folks who so patiently waited to get served! This was one classy event, all the way around!
The fun people, cool dogs and groovin' band were only improved by the immanently drinkable Quad Rock 50 Remittance Ale, brewed special for the occasion by Pateros Creek! Hats off and cheers! Note to self: "Come back next year for the best time ever!" All proceeds from the BBQ went to support Animal House Rescue, a no-kill dog rescue located in north Fort Collins.
Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and for supporting Animal House Rescue!
Call Animal House today to see how you can help support its mission of Less Lives Lost!
Dog Hiking with Poochy Doos, LLC
by Ann Jones, Senior Trail Guide
Fort Collins is an excellent place to live for outdoors
enthusiasts and for folks that are dog parents. Our wonderful trail system is
something that dogs enjoy and derive great benefits from, as it provides great
access to exploring new places, smelling new things, and building positive
social bonds. The physical exercise, the brain stimulation, and the resulting
positive emotional effects from a great dog hike are all outcomes that we all
would want for our dogs.
Although walking dogs in the neighborhood is very beneficial for
you and your dog, it can become redundant and routine if that is all we do.
Your dog also needs some variety in his life – new scents to smell,
interesting terrain, and natural turf and dirt to walk on instead of cement.
Just like us, dogs need new experiences and a little fun now and then. Hiking
with your dog gives him a mini vacation from his daily routine.
Likewise, dog hiking is a great way to combat boredom. Boredom
is a primary reason why dogs may become destructive, temperamental, bark
or whine, or even gain weight. If this sounds like your dog, a dog hike is just
the activity they need to perk them up and burn-up all of that pent up energy –
especially true of younger, energetic dogs.
If you're really busy or work full time, hiking with your dog
may be relegated to weekends – which are already full of things you want to do and
not enough time to do them in. That’s where we can help! We are trained
trail guides familiar with all of the trails in our local area, and we are
certified in pet CPR and First Aid. We provide 1-4 hours of pure dog hiking fun
in various urban, natural area and foothill locations. You can choose the
dog hike that suits your dog’s energy, fitness level and your wallet! See our dog hikes!
We’ll pick your dogs up, have a fun ride together to the trail
head, go hiking, exploring & playing together and then send you a
digital record of your dog’s hike. You get geo-tagged pictures, complete with a
map and notes of your dog’s adventure delivered same-day, right to your in-box.
We provide bottled spring water, treats, plenty of individualized attention and
lots of love. Your dog’s hike will conclude with another fun car ride home –
often with a very tired or sleeping dog relaxed in the back!
So, at the end
of your busy day, you've accomplished even more than you thought you
could, plus you get to come home to a very happy, relaxed and tired dog!
What could be better than that?!
and reserve your dog hike today!
Rehab in Style
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
Bella, being highly interested in fashion, was recently searching her Haute Couture Haunts on Twitter, when she was introduced to Shameless Cones.
Having had to wear an appalling plastic cone herself after an accident at the pedicurists, she immediately started Following them and they soon became friends.
Shameless Cones is a family-owned business that was bright enough to ask the question: "Why do e-collars have to be so butt ugly?" Soon afterward, their newly launched R & D Department (comprised of various and sundry dogs) came back with the answer: "They don't."
And so they launched an e-collar business they aptly named "Shameless Cones." Bella's favorite is the Sunflower design, featured below on a very happy dog!
Why, you may ask (besides them looking so cool) are colorful e-collars a plus for your dog? Well, that again, goes back to the genius of Shameless. You see, knowing both dog behavior and dog-owner behavior, they knew that owners respond emotionally to their pets. Seeing your beloved pet in an ugly, e-collar may illicit such thoughts as: "Man, you poor pathetic dog!" or "I'm so sorry I have to do this to you!" or, worse still: "It must suck to be you!" Needless to say, they were right! Our energy translates directly to our dogs.
I guarantee if you put your dog (or cat) in one of these cool cones you'll have nothing but smiles and positive energy oozing from your body. In fact, you may even start to wag!
We hope you support our good friends at Shameless Cones. Please visit their great website to see all of their cool products. Personally, we can't wait to see what they come up with next. Bella is hoping to see a Court Jester line. Bailey wants an NFL line...
Be sure to forward this post to your vet so they too can spread the happiness. Rehab does not have to be a bummer when you accessorize it with a Sunflower Cone!
The Yellow Dog Project
Respecting a Dog's Space
By: Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
You've heard the adage: "A picture's worth a thousand words." How about seven?
Please be sure and spread the news by forwarding this post to your friends and Vet's office to post!
I'm thinking a yellow poop bag would make a nice "ribbon."
Lighted Collars & Leashes
By Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Dog Walker, Pet Sitter & Trail Guide
And God said: "Let there be light."
And Spot said: "Make mine neon!"
So, as many of you know, Bella handles our Twitter account here at The Poochy. The other day, she was minding her own business, when a dog named Honey started following her.
Being the friendly pooch she is, she stopped what she was doing and made friends. It turns out Honey is the R & D Director for a very cool family-owned company named Spot's Light. So, after passing some Tweets back and forth, Honey beamed Bella a package of light containing an awesome collar and leash - that light up. Too cool!
Bella, being a tiny dog of large character, gave it to her friend Bailey...a much bigger pooch, and Bailey has been sporting it ever since!
Here at Poochy Doos, LLC, we've found Spot's Light to be an invaluable tool and way over due! The collar and leash are constructed of sturdy nylon with a swivel clip and they light-up for night-time walking.
I can't tell you all the close calls we've had at Poochy Doos walking dogs at night with good drivers (or bikers) who just didn't see us or were distracted. That being said, we're not your average dog walkers. Our dog walkers are trained to be "actively scanning the horizon" for potential hazards that can threaten a dog's safety. We don't chat on cell phones, listen to i-pods or walk and chat with friends along the way. We're simply there, walking our client's dog, and paying attention to our surroundings.
This product is perfect for the average dog owner who frequently walks their dog around the neighborhood or bike trails at dusk (perhaps the poorest lighting of all) or at night. It provides a six foot lead lit-up with very bright, neon-color lights that projects your presence from several yards away. It is also reasonably priced. In fact, for the same price you'd pay for a regular collar and lead, you could purchase the added security of Spot's Light!
Used correctly, the visibility this product provides could easily help avert accidents that could otherwise occur from distracted drivers, bikers (and dog owners)!
We hope you check them out and support their great products!