Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WW- Cinnamon Dresses Up


With Halloween around the corner
Cinnamon decided he wanted to dress up
But what can a guinea pig dress up as??

carmapoodale.com

Cinnamon dressed up like Derek Jeter! 

from www.hallofgamesports.com
We don't watch baseball but when Cinnamon heard the name he wheeked 
and wheeked till he got ma to buy him a baseball cap.
So you think they look alike???

Be sure to visit my Blogpaws friends listed below
You will find they are a fabulous bunch! 
Wednesdays Wags!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Job As A Spokesdog is No More.


If you have been a follower of mine for a while , you know that I supported and volunteered at the Owensboro Humane Society. I was the spokesdog and ma was the Adoption/Event coordinator and the office/post care nurse for the spay/neuter clinic. 
poodle in vest

The Owensboro Humane Society is a no kill, non-profit shelter located in Owensboro, Ky. The Owensboro Humane Society operates solely on the donations of the public. They do not receive money from the state, county or national chapters of the Humane Society of the United States. They rely on volunteers to help with events, walk dogs, socialize the cats and always welcome those who want to help clean. 
They are always in need of donations of pet food, towels, cleaning supplies and money. 
They are a facility who never gives up on their pets. Many pets wait a few days to a few months to be adopted but there are those who wait for years. 

Dogs like Dozer who waited 7 yrs for his home 

or 
Achilles who waited 5 yrs.


The Owensboro Humane Society never gave up on them and they searched until they found their forever homes. Both dogs are very happy in their homes and they have the families they waited so long for.
We have watched each adoption happen and we have cried tears of joy with each one. They have a warm bed, a family that loves them and they get a kiss goodnight every night. 
With each adoption our dreams came true. We have done fundraising events, adoption events, spay/neuter clinics and I have asked over and over for donations for the little shelter that could. 
Dogs like Gunner are still in need of a home. He has also been waiting a long time for his dreams to come true
Carmapoodale.com


My role as the spokesdog for the Owensboro Humane Society was to go to events to bring awareness, visit schools to teach children about pets and how to help the parents take care of the pets in the home and I blogged about my buddies who needed homes. I also was a door greeter to all the events hosted at the humane society and at the spay/neuter clinic. I wore my vest with pride and I wasn't afraid to make sure you seen the words "Please Donate" in hopes that you put a few dollars in my pockets. It was a job that I felt honored to have. 

 On Oct 1 2014 , I hung up my vest.  


It was not a easy decision. Its one that Ma and I thought about long and hard our choice. We had many family discussions about it considering my entire family volunteered.  We didn't want to leave but thought it was best. Ma has MS and it's not getting any better. This summer she was not able to be out in the yard like she has ever since I have known her. The heat bothered her, her energy levels were below low, her back pain got worse and her health wasn't getting any better. Dad and Sarah both told her many times that they thought some of the health problems could be due to her stressing about not being able to do the things she wanted for them. She was unable to go to the Humane Society as much as she needed. She felt that if she was to be the best adoption coordinator that she could , she would need to be in contact with the animals. She needed to spend time with them so they could learn to trust her, she could know more about them like their quirks, qualities, and what each of them had deep inside. She couldn't be there like she wanted and with each new dog or cat that came in she could barely remember their name.

Working in the spay/neuter clinic had became too hard for her. The bending, getting up and down off the floor from where she was sitting with a dog and lifting the pets who were recouping was becoming too much for her. It was hard to keep volunteers there all day to help her. After 2 days of clinic , she would be down on her back for 2-3 days after. Clinics were physically demanding. When you have a job to do and you realize you can't do it properly , then its time to bow out. 

I will continue to support the Humane Society. I will donate all that I can. I will continue to write about them and the pets that need homes and we truly love them and will always stand behind them. I will go to conferences and still try to talk everyone out of their extra swag (products) to bring home to give to them and I will continue to ask companies to donate to them. 

The Owensboro Humane Society will always have a place in our hearts. Ma just couldn't keep up with everything that she was doing and if she couldn't give them 110% then she felt like she wasn't doing them any good.

It was a sad day. She has cried many tears over the decision and she hopes that we can volunteer every once in a while to spend time with the animals in the future.

I love the Owensboro Humane Society.
They are the little shelter that could.
 They are big heroes in my eyes and heart.

The Owensboro Humane Society is located in Owensboro Ky. 
They are a 501(c)3 facility
They are open 11-4 Seven days a week , 365 days a year. 
You can see a list of pets that are needing a home 
at their Petfinder 
You can reach them at 270-302-6813
or through Email

If you would like to donate to them , you can mail a check to 
Owensboro Humane Society
3101 W 2nd st
Owensboro, Ky 42301

I would sure appreciate it. Your donation is tax deductible. 
Your donation will go to the care of the animals. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blogpaws 2015 is Going Green!



Can you imagine a conference of thousands of pet bloggers coming together in one place to learn, exchange ideas and network? 


I am fortunate enough to have been a part of a conference just like this. Though I wasn't able to attend the 2014 conference , I was able to attend in 2013. There were many bloggers there. With any conference or large get together , there is always a lot of garbage left behind.



The 2015 conference will be held in Nashville Tennessee in May. May 28-30 to be exact. Next year the Blogpaws conference is doing something different, something no other conference has done. They are not only helping to connect bloggers to brands, educate us on SEO, how to post, how to stay on track and how to make money with our words but they are helping the earth. 

Blogpaws 2015 Conference is going GREEN with ZERO WASTE!!

BlogPaws, Only Natural Pet, and the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition (PISC) announce a partnership to launch a zero-waste initiative for the 2015 BlogPaws Pet Blogger and Social Media Conference. They will work together to do their part in saving our landfills and try to achieve as little waste as possible. 

“Given our passion for the health and welfare of pets everywhere, BlogPaws is committed to educating our bloggers and helping them leverage their influence to encourage pet parents to adopt a ‘zero-waste’ mindset. We are excited to work with Only Natural Pet and the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition to get the conversation started and to take the first steps towards making our yearly conference as close to ‘zero-waste’ as possible.”(Chloe DiVita, BlogPaws)


Only Natural Pet
Only Natural Pet, a Boulder-based manufacturer of all natural pet supplies, has been dedicated to sustainable waste management practices from the get-go. “We reuse shipping boxes, minimize product packaging, use renewable energy, and participate in a zero-waste program at our office, warehouse, and retail store. When PISC launched their new Accelerator Program in July, we identified ways to bring our values for sustainability to partner companies. Our sponsorship of the zero-waste portions of the BlogPaws event is an exciting opportunity to influence the mindset and behavior of hundreds of conference participants.” (Marty Grosjean, Only Natural Pet)

The Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition is a collaborative membership organization that works with pet industry leaders to improve their sustainability performance. “We are excited about our role in helping to coordinate and execute a successful zero-waste pet event. We believe that the BlogPaws 2015 conference will set an example for the entire industry, so get ready Global Pet Expo and SuperZoo!” (Caitlyn Bolton, PISC)


I look forward to Blogpaws15 next year to be apart of this zero waste movement and hope that other conferences follow suit. We all can make a difference in making our earth a better place.


See you in 2015!!


*Source of information came from Blogpaws Newsletter. I was so excited to read what was in store for the next conference that I had to share it with my followers*

WW-Shoodle!


Monday, October 13, 2014

WiggleButts Go Hollywoof Recap

Cocker with a cape on

On Sept 18th, Ma, Sissy Sarah and I all headed out to go to the Hollywoof fundraiser. What was Hollywoof? You can see more about the event -I'm Going to Hollywoof! It was located in Sterling, Va. We flew from Louisville to Dulles airport. We prefer to fly Delta. They have always been a no fuss airline and since I am a service dog, I can fly in the cabin with ma. Ma always says that she flies Delta for the cookies.
Delta cookies and plane
 The funny thing is that she got 1 cookie on one leg of the trip but


 had pretzels for the other 3 flights. When she got home she went and bought her some Biscott cookies. BOL!
 We really do like Delta airlines for the fact that they have more room under the seat for me and we have never had a bad flight plus the staff is wonderful. While we were in the Louisville airport, I got to sit with my favorite guy...Colonel Sanders! Creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken aka KFC. Its my most favoritest chickyum in the whole wide world. I will say that I was hoping he would smell like chickyum or at least have a piece in his pocket. He didn't.

carmapoodale.com

carmapoodale.com
On the flight to Dulles
We landed and caught up with Jan Todd who was on the same flight as us and called the hotel who sent a shuttle to pick us up. We stayed at the Hyatt House  located at 45520 Dulles Plaza in Sterling Va. It is less than 2 minutes from the airport. They offer free internet, a nice breakfast bar each morning and a shuttle service which is a huge help. Over the next couple of days,we used that service a lot. It is a beautiful hotel. Its moderately priced and is located not far from the mall and other activities. The hotel has a outdoor pool and hot tub, outdoor fireplace (only can be in use when engineer is there) and plenty of areas for pets to potty and get exercise. The rooms are super nice. They have suites that have a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator , 2 burner stove, dishwasher and a full size coffee pot. You can see photos here
After getting settled, we decided to go out to dinner. We went to Longhorn Steakhouse with Jan. Afterwards we went back to the hotel and waited for others to arrive. We checked out all the places in the hotel and Ma went on the search for RC cola.When we got back from dinner, sissy Sarah crashed and so did I.
carmapoodale.com

More guest started showing up the next day. People I had been wanting to see so bad!

carmapoodale.com



 Before the gala we went to Coco the Couture cat's room to view her new book! She is the most fashionable cat that I know. Her mom gives good back scratches , but that is just between us! shh , don't tell the other dogs.
carmapoodale.com

For 2 DAYS! Ma went without RC but a man in the lobby that worked for the hotel heard the desperation in ma's voice for RC and he went to the store for her. She was one happy lady when she got that 12 pack in her hands!!! Everything was right with the world after that. Sissy Sarah and I danced around the room while ma chugged that first warm RC. The rest were in the fridge getting cold. 

It was time to get ready for the event. It was time for WIGGLEBUTTS GO HOLLYWOOD! We all got ready and after I got my hair brushed it was time to go. We road to the event with Amyjo, the ferret mama. We arrived and was watching all the people dressed to the nines entering too. We walked in and was WOWED! The Pet resort was beautifully decorated, it looked like Hollywood! 

We waited in line to have our photos taken and to get into the event. The pup-arotzzi was in full force. I felt like a superstar! I was surrounded by other superstars! I was with framily. 
carmapoodale.com
Trying to remember to smile and trying not pass nervous gas

Thinking maybe I should have went potty before coming in. 

Wondering what was taking so long
Ma said the line went quickly but you know I count in dog numbers. 1 minute is 7 minutes, 2 minutes are 14 minutes, etc..once we got in,everything was perfect. We found our table. The food was delicious according to ma. It must have tasted good because the rest of the guest at our table were talking how yummy everything was. When everyone at the table says the food was yummy , you know it had to be good. 
There was dancing, awards were given out, a marriage proposal, then the big donation check.

carmapoodale.com

WigglebuttsGoHollywoof raised almost $30,000!!!! WOW! That is an AMAZING amount! That money will help so many cocker spaniel and cocker spaniel mixes now and in the future. 

Here are some photos from the event: 

Kona, Deanna and Emmy


Garth and his parents 

Garth -One of the most eligible bachelors 
Click on photo to enlarge
Why did I come to Wigglebutt? Well to help save Cocker Spaniels but

carmapoodale.com
Mission Accomplished! 

 The next day we went to the Barrel Oaks Winery. It had the most beautiful landscape and there were lots of people there. The weather was up in the 80's and it was a gorgeous day. Its a dog and child friendly winery.


 We thought it was a great time to spend with our ferret friends from Enlightened Ferret Fashions. Their mom was nice enough to take us to the gala the night before and to the winery. Marilyn had a blast hiding in Sarah's shirt. They all seemed to enjoy exploring along the rock. It was fun to watch them play and explore.


We rode back to the hotel with Garth and his pawents. We didn't know they were heading home but took time to take us back. We owe them big time! 

That evening we went out with Emmy. We had dinner at PF Changs. Well they had dinner, I laid under the table and napped. Got to catch those naps when you can! 
That night we hung out in the hotel with many people. Ma didn't have her camera with her so we don't have any photos from then. 
The next day, I thought we would get to sleep late, take in some sights, visit with more friends and have a huge play day but ma said those words  I really wasn't ready to hear....HOME
 I pleaded , I begged, I threw a poodle tantrum but she put my vest on me anyways. 


While she checked the room one last time , I spread some more of my poodale stank on the bed. 

NO! I am still sleeping, SEE!

Oh bed, how I will miss you. I hope you miss me!

The End

Saturday, October 11, 2014

B/W Sunday-Sissy and I at Wigglebutts

Stop by tomorrow and read my roundup of WiggleButts Go Hollywoof event. 
Lots of photos and fun. 
Happy Sunday! 
Don't forget to smile.