There was at least one “Scout” in the crowd last night at the Winston-Salem Dash game, and he, or she — I didn’t check — was wearing a purple bandana.
The Dash, a Minor League baseball team, has made a major commitment to dogs this season, holding five “Pups in the Park” nights.
The events are sponsored by the Forsyth Humane Society, and last night’s was the second of the season, featuring some of the dogs who have graduated from its prison program, “A New Leash on Life,” in which inmates at Forsyth Correctional Center train dogs that go on to be adopted.
Here’s one of the graduates arriving now:
Last night’s canine attendees — all of whom watch from a grassy knoll in left field — included lots of boxers, like Colby and Cypress (below left) and Gunner (below right).
Also in the crowd was Darwin, a three-legged beagle who seems to be a regular on Pups in the Park night:
Here’s another fan we’ve seen at every game we’ve gone to:
The Humane Society’s mascot was there (played last night by my son, Joe), and he got a chance to meet the Dash mascot, Bolt:
For more information on “Pups in the Park” games, visit the Forsyth Humane Society and Winston-Salem Dash websites. And if you haven’t been to one with your dog, give it a try — it’s a great night, whether you love the game, or just love your dog.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 31st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: a new leash on life, activities, adopt, adoptable, adoption, animals, baseball, dash, dog friendly, dogs, events, forsyth humane society, minor league, new leash on life, pets, photography, promotions, pups in the park, shelters, winston salem dash, winston-salem
There’s cycling with your dog, and then there’s cycling with your dog.
Above is Abby, who commutes to work via bicycle with her human. She calmly lays, sits or stands there on a nice padded surface as her human does all the work. Lazy dog? Or smart dog?
In any case, she seems, in this video anyway, a low energy dog.
Cycling with a high energy dog? That’s another story, or at least another video.
Check out Lily, the official mascot for MtnRanks.com, a purveyor of outdoor gear in Park City, Utah:
Posted by jwoestendiek November 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abby, activities, animals, bicycle, bicycling, cycle, cycling with dogs, dog, dogs, dogs and bicycles, high energy, lazy, lily, low energy, mtnranks.com, outdoors, pets, pull, shred, smart, sports, trail, trailer, videos
After perusing “The Privileged Pooch, Luxury Travel with Your Pet in Southern California,” I’ve decided if Ace and I ever run into author Maggie Espinosa and her dog, Marcel, on the road … they’re buying.
Unlike my Travels with Ace project, “The Privileged Pooch” – not to be confused with the fine pet boutique in Baltimore of the same name – is a guidebook that focuses on high end luxury travel with your pet.
“Now you can share Southern California’s celebrity lifestyle with your furry friend,” reads the summary on the back of the book. “The days of staying at substandard hotels and dining at drive-thru’s when traveling with the family pet are over.”
Not for me, they ain’t. But that’s not the point.
Espinosa’s point is that bringing a dog along on your trip no longer automatically relegates you to economy-level accommodations. And her book, provides plenty of examples, in highly readable form, of where you can stay, play and eat with your pet — in Palm Springs, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara and greater Los Angeles.
High-end establishments are starting to wise up to the fact that about 10 million pets each year vacation with their owners — and that many of those owners are from the demographic at which tourism-related businesses commonly take aim.
“The Privileged Pooch” lists 69 hotels (not a Motel 6 among them), 55 restaurants, 56 dog-friendly activities and 38 “trendy shops” where you and your dog are welcome.
Espinosa has done some culling, weeding out those establishments that have too many restrictions or silly and unrealistic weight limits. (For the dogs, I mean. Southern California doesn’t have weight limits for people. Yet.)
She uses a rating system of one wag to four wags for pet friendliness — one being “pooches permitted,” four being “pooches paradise.”
At the latter, you might find such features as special puppy menus, a “togetherness massage” for you and your dog (at Casa Laguna Inn & Spa) or ”blueberry and plum pet facials” at a dog-friendly spa called The Healthy Spot.
Espinosa and her bichon frise, Marcel, tested all 69 hotels, and each section of the book, region by region, includes recommendations for everything from dog-friendly beaches to emergency veterinary care.
Our favorite example was the Doggie Bus in Tustin, which totes dogs and their humans to the beach at no charge. An Orange County man started providing the service not to get rich, but simply because he enjoyed doing it.
Now that’s dog-friendly.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 15th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, animals, books, books on dogs, california, dog, dog books, dog friendly, dogs, guide, hotels, los angeles, luxury, maggie espinosa, marcel, orange county, palm springs, pampered, pet friendly, pets, pooch, privileged, privileged pooch, restaurants, san diego, santa barbara, shops, southern california, the privileged pooch, travel, traveling with dogs
There’s not much cooler than finding out your dog has a hidden talent.
Ace — despite his many talents, people skills near the top – has never been much at catching Frisbees. He’s never been the speediest beast at the dog park. Fetch has never held his interest. And he doesn’t swim, preferring slow wading in gentle waters.
So when we showed up bright and early for agility class at Four Paws Kingdom, the dog-dedicated campground in North Carolina where Ace, my son and I spent last weekend, I had low expectations. Ace is graceful, maybe, but, given his size, about 130 pounds, I never considered him agile.
Once I turned over the treats and Ace to my son Joe, who we’d designated official handler for the day’s activities, Ace — under the tutelage of dog trainer and campground owner Birgit Bartoschek — amazed me to no end.
His name now stands for: Agility Canine Extraordinaire.
Granted, he started off slow — rather than jumping over a series of three six-inch high hurdles, he found he could just as easily walk through them, knocking the rail down on each one he went through. On the third try though, and after the rails were raised higher, he began leaping, clearing most of them until, on his final try, he went back to just knocking them down.
Next on the course was a tunnel. I didn’t expect him to do any more than stick his head in, but with some encouragement, and a treat waiting at the other end, he rumbled right through it.
But, in pursuit of the treat dangling from my son’s hand he did, not even watching where his paws were going, his eyes on the prize the whole time as he walked — quite gracefully — from one end to the other.
The only obstacle he didn’t master was the curved tunnel. Without seeing the light at the end — or the treat at the end – he refused to go in. (And I don’t blame him a bit. Possibly, being from Baltimore, he feared he’d have to pay a toll once he got through.)
Birgit didn’t think he should attempt the see-saw during his introduction to agility, as that’s usually for more advanced dogs. The weave — where dogs slalom through the poles — was too advanced as well, she said.
Later on though, at the Agility Fun Park that Four Paws has in addition to its regular agility course, Ace, with my soon to be college student son Joe manning the leash, was able to succeed at beginner versions of both.
And I felt bad for ever doubting him — Ace, I mean.
It’s not good to have too-low expectations for our dogs; even worse probably to have too-high expectations.
Where’s the line between them? Beats me. But one thing’s for sure, you never know how you, your dog, or your kid is going to handle something new — until you try, or watch, with crossed fingers, as they do.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ace, ace does america, activities, agility, animals, campground, course, dog agility, dog friendly, dog's country, dog-dedicated, dogs, dogscountry, expectations, four paws kingdom, north carolina, ohmidog!, pets, rutherfordton, training, travel, traveling with dogs
Thousands of dogs will take to the show rings this weekend in two all-breed, benched dog shows as the the Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosts the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, to be broadcast Thanksgiving on NBC.
John O’Hurley, of ”Family Feud,” “Seinfeld” and “Dancing with the Stars” fame, hosts the Saturday show, which will be televised at noon on Thanksgiving.
A second show will be held Sunday, with more than 150 breeds competing for Best in Show, vendors, demonstrations and more.
On both days, show visitors can watch more than 150 breeds compete in 11 show rings, view demonstrations and visit the dogs and owners backstage.
Unbenched, all-breed shows precede the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows at the same site on Thursday and Friday. Admission to those shows is $5 each.
You can learn more about the event on its website.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, best in show, breeds, competing, dog show, dog shows, dogs, events, family feud, greater philadelphia expo center, john o'hurley, kennel club, national dog show, philadelphia, purina, seinfeld, valley forge
It’s as easy as buying a pumpkin, going on line, downloading a stencil of your dog’s breed, transferring the stencil onto the pumpkin, hollowing out the pumpkin, and then spending an hour or so, I’d guess, delicately carving out your dog’s likeness.
It looks like something that crafty Martha Stewart would come up with and, for all I know, maybe she has. But the stencil used to carve this dog came from Good Housekeeping, which offers about a dozen breed stencils for free downloading
You can also vote for your favorite one, or learn how to create your own stencil.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, breeds, carving, crafts, decorating, decorations, dog, dog-o-lantern, dogs, golden retriever, good housekeeping, halloween, likeness, pumpkin, pumpkins, stencils
There’s no reason — this weekend of all weekends — for you and the dog to sit around and complain there’s nothing to do.
For starters, there’s tonight’s (5 to 8 p.m.) Paws Fido Fashion Show, the last in a summer long series of themed, dog-friendly cocktail parties at Loews Annapolis Hotel.
Tomorrow at noon, there’s the official grand opening of the Locust Point Dog Park, held in conjunction with the day-long Star Spangled Festival.
On Sunday, just up the road from there, Merritt Athletic Club, 921 E. Fort Ave., will hold its Annual Doggie Swim at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog, and all proceeds go to the Maryland SPCA on Falls Road. Door prizes and vendors will be on hand to make this a fun event for the entire family.
Also Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.) is the Beagle Bash, sponsored by Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland and held at Countryside Kennels in Owings. Admission is free and you don’t have to be a beagle to attend.
Meanwhile, in Cockeysville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Pets on Wheels will be holding its annual Dog-a-Thon, which includes a walk, demonstrations, contests, food and entertainment. The event, at Oregon Ridge State Park, raises funds for the non-profit volunteer organization, which provides friendly visits from volunteers and their pets to people living in institutional settings.
For more information on these and other events, visit our Doggie Doings page.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 25th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, beagle bash, dog, dog friendly, dog swim, dog-a-thon, doggie doings, dogs, events, fashion show, grand opening, locust point dog park, ohmidog!, pets, pets on wheels, september, star spangled festival, swim, swimming