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Animal House Rescue ColoRadness Style
By Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
The Poochy Crew was out and about this weekend supporting Animal House Rescue and Grooming, in its "first- time-ever-many-more-to-come "Run Fur Fun" at Spring Canyon Park! This was a indeed a fun furry run for the entire family, pet-parents and dog-lovers included. A big thanks to Hank's Pet Food Market in Loveland for putting on the event! In their usual grand style, Animal House volunteers got up at the crack of dawn and turned out in droves to make sure the course was well-marked, staffed with smiling faces, and stocked with plenty of water - and water bowls! Likewise, they had several adoptable dogs there, including Sam...one of our favorites! Everyone was waggy!
Mother Nature was benevolent and provided a beautiful day for the 100 dogs and the 141 dog-digging peeps who participated. Together, they raised over $5,000 to benefit the Behavior and Enrichment Program at Animal House.
Kim Clarkson, Volunteer Coordinator, was seen blowing kisses to all the many sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. As the fun was winding down and folks were gearing up for mimosas & pancakes she was already looking forward to making next year's run "even better."
Speaking on behalf of The Poochy, it's hard to improve on perfection! Great job Animal House! Thanks for all the great work you do for the fuzzy friends in our community!
Call Animal House Rescue and Grooming today to see how you can volunteer: (970) 224-3647
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!
Poochy Doos in the News!
Digging Ann Jones...
The News Release reported everywhere...
Poochy Doos, LLC, A Company Boasting One Rat Terrier as its Publicist, and Another as VP of Social Media, Welcomes New Business Partner, Ann Jones
Poochy Doos, LLC is gearing-up for big growth. With a growing client-base, large community presence and revenues that promise to eclipse last year, Poochy Doos, LLC offered a 50% partnership to a former part-timer.
Fort Collins, CO - Poochy Doos, LLC welcomed Ann Jones as a 50% Shareholder on May 10, 2013. Jones accepted the offer after having been with the company for just over six months. “Ann has a natural talent communicating with people and animals,” said Founder, Mary Watterson. “From the very beginning, Ann demonstrated a radical passion I’ve only seen in shareholders chasing a dream. I knew immediately I wanted to keep her around.”
Jones originally hails from Plymouth, Connecticut. Ann and her husband Chris moved to Fort Collins six years ago where they now reside with their son. Jones received her Masters of Science in Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently enrolled in a six-month professional pet sitter certification program through Pet Sitters International.
Along with day-to-day canine fitness and behavior, Jones will be focusing on finance, business development, events and community outreach. “The future looks very bright,” said Jones. "We’ve seen a 52% revenue increase in the first quarter this year over last. That says a lot about our vision. It speaks to our commitment of holistic care. We’re all about wellness – the total integration of fitness, cognition and emotional well-being.”
She said 'Oh my God' and did a fist-pump...
“I was nervous,” said Watterson. “Ann had only been with me for a short time – six months - and I had already been thinking about offering her a partnership. I didn’t want her to think I was the type of person who went off half-cocked. I wanted the offer to be a reflection of the incredible talent she brought to the table and not about me or the timing of the offer. It turned out great! She said ‘Oh my God’ and did a fist-pump. We went to see an Eagles game that night and toasted each other with plastic pints of beer. I texted her later that night that her acceptance ‘made my year.’ She texted back that my offer ‘made her decade.’ It was pretty sweet!"
Ann smiles when remembering the offer: “When Mary offered me a 50% partnership I nearly fell off my chair. She totally surprised me…I was absolutely giddy! Sharing my enthusiasm and desire with someone whom I have the utmost respect and admiration for is the icing on the cake. We’re both committed to continuing education and expanding the roll Poochy Doos plays in our community.”
Poochy Doos, LLC is a pet sitting, dog walking and dog hiking company located in Fort Collins, CO. They are bonded, insured, certified in pet 1st aid and licensed by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture.
Contact: (970) 420-9181
Soul Love for Pets & Seniors
By Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
So Spring has
sprung, or is definitely springing, here in Fort Collins, CO. Song birds are
back in full force singing and winging about, tulips are pushing up their
brilliant faces toward the sun, and Old Man Winter is packing his bags and
And what could be
more illustrative of the new life that Spring brings than the new life a loving
pet can give to a senior – or vice versa? You only need a pulse to realize that
when you’re around a soft, snuggly dog or cat, you smile on the inside. As that brilliant, life-philosopher Charles
M. Schultz once observed: “Happiness is a warm puppy.” In fact, pet ownership is so beneficial, it
may actually help seniors live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives!
Indeed, the Eden Alternative, a residential
home for seniors that recognizes the importance of the human/pet bond, is home
to a menagerie of animals. They not only have dogs, cats, a private aviary,
rabbits and chickens, they boast a 15 percent lower mortality rate for their residents,
compared to traditional nursing homes. Likewise, research conducted in the
1990s supports the Eden model. In May of 1999, the Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society published a study which showed that independent-living
seniors that have pets enjoy better physical health and mental wellbeing than
their sans-pet counterparts. Not only are they more active physically and
socially, they cope better with the stresses of daily life.
These findings are further
evidenced by an earlier study conducted in 1997, which demonstrated that senior
pet owners had significantly lower blood pressure than seniors who didn’t own
pets. Likewise, just petting a dog or cat for a few minutes can lower blood
pressure, heart rate and body temperature.
So just how do pets accomplish these little
miracles? From increased physical wellbeing to the intangibles of having the
companionship of a fuzzy friend, the ways pets positively impact our lives are
almost too numerous to count. Nevertheless, there are some very practical
explanations of why pets are little medical miracles.
To begin, I smile every morning when my dog
wakes me up! Her sweet little face, her warm little body all snuggled into
mine, and that expectant look she gives me after she’s stretched and is ready
to start her day. There’s just something about that recognition - that love and
acceptance in a pet’s eyes. Clearly dogs and cats “get” what some of our human
counterparts often miss. Our worth isn’t based on what we can do, how we look,
or how healthy we are – our worth is intrinsic and pets love us for exactly who
we are right now.
Also, the fact that pets need our loving care
plays a significant role in our own wellbeing. At a time when so many seniors
can sadly feel left behind and even incidental to their children’s busy lives, their
pets nevertheless crucially need them. The importance of this emotional reality
is almost incalculable. Pets need to be let outside, played with, fed, given
fresh water, loved-up on and groomed. Furthermore, pets encourage our
interaction with them throughout the day, and that physical contact has been
shown to be immeasurably beneficial, starting with brain stimulation and ending
with a feeling of overall wellbeing.
And all of these interactions require our
physical, intellectual and emotional engagement. Getting up to let the dog out,
playing with our pets or even changing the kitty litter, while all minor physical
movements, nevertheless positively affect our cardiovascular system. Likewise,
all that bending and stretching, all that walking and petting, keeps our joints
active, limber and flexible. And that’s saying nothing about all the hours of
laughter and joy, which definitely keeps our hearts young!
Lastly, beyond pets providing companionship and
physical activity, they also can act as a real support system, especially for
those seniors who aren’t afforded frequent contact with family and friends. And
that pet/owner bond is very real and it’s positive impact on our lives should
never be underestimated. Pets depend on us! And that dependency can give seniors
a real sense of purpose and meaning. Obviously, that strong emotional bond, comforting
presence, empathy and acceptance that pets provide, can go a long way to combat
depression - one of the most common ailments that many seniors struggle with.
So, now that we have you convinced that pet
ownership is a great thing, our next article in the “Fuzzy Balm” series will look
at how to choose the best pet for you, given your needs, personality and living
Choice City Comedy Nite
SIT! STAY! SPEAKEASY!
by: Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide
Join Poochy Doos, LLC in supporting Animal House Rescue by attending its 2nd Annual Choice City Comedy Nite: Sit! Stay! Speakeasy! fundraiser, April 13th from 6:30 - 10:00 at Lincoln Center, Canyon West Ballroom, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins. This fun event will feature national and local comedians, (including Brandt Tobler as seen on Comedy Central) jazz music, heavy appetizers, cash bar, giveaways, prizes, success stories from local adopters, and of course some adorable puppies!
This is your opportunity to give back to Animal House Rescue who has given so much to our local community and the thousands of animals they've given a second chance of life to. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will set the stage for their continued growth and success.
Ticket prices are $35 in advance with discount pricing available for groups of four or ten. Prices include entry, appetizers, and hours of fun and laughter!