Why We Woke Up at 4 a.m. Last Saturday
Exactly one week ago, I was collapsing into the bed in my old teenage lair.
After an incredibly long Saturday, the bedroom where I feel safer and sleep more soundly than anywhere else in the world (aka my dad’s house) was exactly where I wanted to be.
Scooby the elderpin and I had risen that day at 4 a.m., hitting the road well before sunrise so that we could represent Beer Paws three hours away at Hefflinger Dog Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
In the week leading up to the event, I kept going back and forth with myself trying to decide what I should do with Scooby while I was out of town. After exhausting all options, including boarding him at the vet in case he had some kind of health attack, I had finally just taken my mother’s advice and loaded him up in the car with me.
The event was Beer Paws’ first in Omaha. We were invited by someone who had visited our booth in February at the I Love My Dog Expo in Lincoln.
She promised that her event, a fundraiser for the Omaha Dog Park Advocates, would be just as much fun.
She was right!
Although the wind viciously whipped our hair and merchandise around all day, Bark in the Park at Hefflinger Park was a fantastic experience.
From a vendor’s perspective, I can honestly say I have never participated in an event with such a well-organized and legitimately helpful crew of volunteers. That really made the beginning and end of the day go much more smoothly.
The crowd was pretty wonderful, too.
We met some really cool people and dogs, including Giovanni the Great Dane and Buck the labradoodle, who left the event wearing leather collars that my dad customized for them while they waited.
Lots of pups, like handsome Hugo, also got their first taste of Beer Paws Beer Biscuits during the event.
When their parents asked where to get more of my products locally in Omaha, I said:
“Tell your favorite pet businesses you want them to start carrying Beer Paws.”
I hope they do.
While it was super fun, between the wind and the crowd, the experience of working the booth was a bit chaotic at times. At one point, I even fell flat on the ground because I tripped over a corgi!
Although we tried to keep Scooby toward the back of the space, I didn’t see him relax much at all through the day.
I did see him squat several times for a pee, though. Those moments made me glad the event was on grass.
What we did the next day didn’t happen on grass. Find out about it in my next post!
Posted on May 3, 2014, in Awesome, Dogs, Dogtography, Family and tagged Beer Paws, bottle cap dog collars, Great Dane, Hefflinger Dog Park, miniature pinscher, Nebraska dog events, Omaha Dog Park Advocates, Scooby the elderpin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.