We question the wisdom of dressing your dog as Santa Claus.
We question the wisdom of calling your dog, while he’s wearing Santa pants, to come down the stairs.
We question the wisdom of posting it on YouTube and giving other numbskulls the idea of trying it at home.
But we don’t question the cleverness or the agility of this dog, who, saddled with the silly costume, manages, amazingly, to get downstairs just using his front legs.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, christmas, costume, dog, dogs, front legs, funny, outfit, pants, pets, santa, stairs, two legs, video, youtube
If you think animal welfare can get vicious — what with all the desperate-for-funds parties involved, all the politics, all the backstabbing — consider, if you will, the calendar industry.
Having recently stepped into the field myself — you may call me either an entrepreneur or impresario; I think I prefer the latter – I’m amazed at all the calendars vying for the public’s attention, and that’s just counting the ones for good animal causes.
Of course, it would be foolish of me to mention any of them by name, as that might cut into sales of my “Travels with Ace: One Dog’s Year on the Road” calendar, 50 percent of the profits from which go to Rolling Dog Farm, a sanctuary for blind, deaf and disabled animals in New Hampshire.
The ”Travels with Ace” calendar — and here is a page where you may learn more about it (and buy it repeatedly) — documents the year Ace and I spent traveling across America, emulating John Steinbeck and his poodle Charley.
As Steinbeck did in his classic work “Travels with Charley” I hope to turn my travels with Ace into a book — though one far different from his, one more whimsical, one that takes itself far less seriously, one that’s more like the dog, which is really what my trip, unlike his, was about. It’s different, too, in this way: While Steinbeck was attempting to take the pulse of mainstream Americans, I, by nature, gravitate to offbeat types.
Ace, too; maybe that’s why we’re a team. It’s also why you’ll find us, as you flip through the months, hanging with hobos in Tucson, climbing brightly painted Salvation Mountain in California, and rubbing elbows (and nothing more) with the staff at a strip club in Dallas.
But that was the fun part, and a diversion from what we’re here to talk about today — the business of wall calendars.
The business world can get pretty cut-throat, which is why I’ve always detoured around it whenever possible. It’s also why we won’t be mentioning any competitors, like BARCS Orioles calendar, and why we will snub as well the Maryland SPCA calendar, not to mention the ASPCA calendar.
We realize you have many calender buying options. We realize, too, that you can usually get them for free, if you’re willing to look at advertisements for insurance companies, funeral homes, hardware stores, banks or real estate agents.
But we have the one thing (in addition to being good for 18, count ‘em, 18 months; in addition to featuring our old dog friends back in Baltimore; in addition to showing you the dogs and people we met in our travels) that no other calendar has:
He, despite his starring role in the calendar, has been of absolutely no help when it comes to the handling, the packing, the shipping, the signing (yes I sign each one) and the never-ending trips and long waits in line at the post office.
I am doing all the heavy lifting, all the monotonous work, and more of it than I expected — and I’m loving it.
Why? I think it has something to do with Christmas, and with the giving (though I am far from giving them away), and, maybe most of all, with keeping me occupied over the holidays.
Living alone, not counting Ace, and having gotten away in recent years from any sort of decorating, baking, caroling, playing Santa in dog photo with Santa fundraisers, or other festive acts, I tend to get a little Scroogy around the holidays.
With the demands of the calendar, though, my apartment — though it is elf-free — is feeling a little like Santa’s workshop.
I bustle about with scissors and markers and tape and lists, attempting to make sure, with all due precision, that orders get filled and delivered — unscathed, we hope — to all those who ordered them. (I think, at one point, I was even humming a happy tune.)
While nobody’s getting rich, except maybe for the company that printed them, the calendar is doing well. Our first printing sold out, and they’re all in the hands of the post office now. Our second shipment should arrive here this week.
The bulk of our orders are coming through PayPal, but if you want to order by mail, send a check for $28 and your address to ohmidog!, 804-D Avalon Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104.
If you live in Canada, or Europe, or someplace like that, precisely throw in a little more for shipping.
And to all those who ordered one, to all those who didn’t, and even to all those other dog calendar-selling organizatons, Happy Holidays!
Posted by jwoestendiek December 5th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 2012, 2013, ace, america, animal welfare, animals, business, calendar, christmas, competitition, dogs, gift, good causes, holidays, john steinbeck, ohmidog!, pets, photography, road trip, rolling dog farm, salvation mountain, santa, strip club, travel, travels with ace, travels with ace calendar, travels with charley
Included for free with any adoption during the holiday special are spaying and neutering, rabies vaccination, DHLPP vaccination, bordatella, de-wormer, flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, a month of free veterinary care insurance, and Felv testing for cats and kittens.
Normal adoption procedures apply, and Baltimore City residents will need to purchase a $10 pet license. Puppies and kittens under six months old are available for adoption at $65, through December 31, 2010.
People who would like to give the gift of an animal to some one else can purchase a BARCS gift certificate for $65.
To adopt an animal from BARCS. stop by the shelter (behind M&T Bank Stadium) Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., call 410-396-4695 or visit BARCS online.
BARCS is hosting a Holiday Open House at the shelter this Saturday, December11, and Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring cookies and punch and, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., photos of your pet with Santa. Photos are $10 each for a digital print and the proceeds will benefit the animals at BARCS.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animals, baltimore, baltimore animal rescue and care shelter, barcs, cat, cats, christmas, dog, dogs, fees, free, holiday, photos, photos with santa, rescue, santa, shelter, special, waived
First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo, made an appearance at the Children’s National Medical Center Tuesday. Mrs. Obama, once Bo made sure Santa kept his distance, read “The Night Before Christmas” to the children.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 25th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: barack obama, barking, barks, bo, bo obama, children's national medical center, dog, first dog, malia, michelle obama, obama, portuguese water dog, president, santa, sasha
More than 100 dogs showed up Saturday to have their photos taken with Santa in Baltimore’s Riverside Park.
Most, like this sweet beagle, seemed happy to get a little face time with St. Nick. About 2 percent wanted nothing to do with the fat bearded man in red. Only one growled at Santa. And Santa only growled once, when he stepped in dog poop.
Other than my boots, which I’ll clean up one of these days, there were no casualties, and about $1,000 was raised for the Franky Fund at Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS).
Combined with an earlier Photos with Santa event in November at Federal Hill Park held last month, nearly $2,500 was raised for the fund, which is used to provide medical care for seriously sick and injured animals.
Those who purchased photos can view and download them here.
(Photo by Gail Burton)
Posted by jwoestendiek December 14th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, barcs, dog, dogs, franky fund, fundraiser, fundraising, pet, photography, photos, photos with santa, pictures, riverside park, santa, santa claus
It’s time for some good cheer, dammit.
And in that spirit, Santa invites all pets and their owners – both those who have been good and those who have been bad — to come to Riverside Park in south Baltimore this Saturday to have your pet’s photo taken with his merry old self.
If seeing Santa, and getting a lasting, suitable for framing memory of your pets’ visit with old St. Nick, isn’t enough, there will also be free treat bags, while supplies last, and Santa himself will award a FURminator to the dog who appears in most need of it.
And there’s also the fact that all proceeds go to a very good cause – the Franky Fund at BARCS, which is used to provide emergency medical care to seriously sick and injured animals so that they may be doctored up and adopted out, as opposed to that nasty alternative Santa doesn’t like to talk about.
Santa will be at Riverside Park between 10 a.m. and noon, assuming he can find a parking space for his sled.
The event is sponsored by BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter), Brazen Tails, Ride Entertainment and the South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue and Adoption Center.
Photos will be taken by Gail Burton, a freelance photographer who works for the Associated Press covering the Ravens and Orioles. The fee is $10, and the photos will be posted online for easy downloading.
How does Santa know all this? Because he’s Santa. And as for those two or three dogs who — like leaping Lola above — wanted nothing to do with Santa last year, I’m looking into ways to make myself less intimidating and more appealing, including smearing myself with bacon grease.
On another holiday related note, tune in tomorrow (Thursday) for an ohmidog! quiz, the five winners of which will receive holiday treat bags for their dogs. The quiz will be posted at 9 a.m., and the first five contestants to submit the correct answers win.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, brazen tails, christmas, christmas cards, dog, dogs, events, franky fund, fundraiser, my dog, ohmidog!, parks, pet, pets, photographs, photos, riverside park, santa, santa claus, spirit, st. nick, visit, with santa, your dog
Locust Point Dog Park has announced designated hours for small, elderly or otherwise fragile dogs — 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. daily.
The new policy — now posted in signs at the park — will be self-policing, meaning that little dog people will have to ask the big dog people to leave in the event they are not following the rules.
The dog park committee also announced that Saturday’s “Pet Pictures with Santa” fundraiser — with City Councilman Ed Reisinger as Santa — raised $550 to help support the maintenance of the dog park. Baltimore City, though it helped build the park, does not pay for its maintenance. Clean-ups at the park take place on the second Saturday of each month, with the next one scheduled for Dec. 12 from 10:30 to noon. The dog park is closed during clean-ups, and volunteers are invited to pitch in.
If you missed getting your pet’s photo taken with Santa, there are more opportunities on the horizon. Canton Dog Park will be holding a similar fund-raising event on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 to noon.
Two more pet photos with Santa events are being held to raise money for BARCS Franky Fund for sick and injured animals. On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 to noon at Federal Hill Park, and on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 to noon at Riverside Park.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 10th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: barcs, big dogs, canton dog park, christmas, clean up, dog parks, dogs, federal hill park, franky fund, fundraiser, large dogs, locust point, locust point dog park, maintenance, pets, photos, riverside park, santa, small dogs
It has been almost a year since the day Santa almost lost his shih-tzu. Well, it wasn’t really Santa, it was me. And it wasn’t my shih-tzu, it was a friend’s — and a dog who normally jumps on me as opposed to off of me.
Still, it’s a rare dog who doesn’t want his or her photo taken with Santa Claus — and there are four opportunities coming up.
The first is tomorrow (Sunday) — at the new Locust Point Dog Park.
Pet Pictures with Santa runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds go toward the maintenance of the park, which opened this fall.
Canton Dog Park will be holding a similar fund-raising event on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 to noon.
Two more Photos with Santa events will be held to raise money for Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter’s Franky Fund, which helps care for seriously sick and injured animals that arrive at the shelter — On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 to noon at Federal Hill Park, and on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 to noon at Riverside Park.
All the events are for good causes, and the photos make great Christmas cards.
(If you know of others pet photos with Santa events, please feel free to add them to this entry in the form of comments.)
Posted by jwoestendiek November 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, barcs, christmas, dog, dogs, federal hill park, latrobe park, locust point dog park, pets, photographs, photography, photos, photos with santa, riverside park, santa, santa claus
Despite chilly temperatures — as Elroy the Chihuahua can attest - scads of dogs showed up for the event, which – along with one two weekends ago at Riverside Park – raised $1,945 for the Franky Fund.
The photos were posted on the Internet for easy downloading.
Sponsors of the events included ohmidog!, Camp Bow Wow, Dogma, Lucky Lucy’s Canine Cafe, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, K-9 Kraving Raw Diet Dog Food, Bill’s Portable Welding, Baltimore Guide, Firehouse Coffee Co. at the Canton Firehouse, Austin Grill, The Sweet Shop, UTZ, Steve’s Lunch, Amy’s Boutique, Federal Hill Wine & Spirits, M&L Discount Liquors, and Susan Harrington Designs.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 7th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, barcs, dogs, elroy, federal hill park, franky fund, injured, ohmidog!, pets, photos, photos with santa, riverside park, santa, shelters, sick, welfare
Reminder: Between 11 am. and 1 p.m. tomorrow at Federal Hill Park, you can get your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus and help support the Franky Fund for sick and injured animals at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). The fee is $5 and pictures are made available on the internet for downloading. To see photos from the last event, at Riverside Park, click here.
Santa will also be posing with pets in Locust Point tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Of course he can be in two places at once, he’s Santa!)
The Locust Point Dog Park Committee will be taking photos of pets with Santa at the Tide Point deck area, at the end of Hull Street. Pictures are $15 each, and will be emailed. All proceeds benefit the Locust Point Dog Park.
More on these and other dog friendly activities can be found on our “Doggie Doings” page.