Category Archives: Awesome
I met so many wonderful people at the slew of rescue-related events I attended last weekend.
But when I saw this girl, I had to get her picture. Check out her awesome kitty print dress!
We chatted for a while when she visited my booth at Tunes for TARA, the concert and fundraiser for The Animal Rescue Alliance.
She was there in part because she had fostered (and kept) a cat from TARA, one of a few felines she had at home.
Although the Beer Paws brand does cater more to dog lovers, my new young cat lady friend found something she liked at my merch table.
She bought one of the Wine Paws wine stoppers (“when it’s time to take wine pause, get our your Wine Paw”) and even inquired about the Beer Paws baseball t-shirt I was rocking that day.
I am proud to say that thanks to cat girl and many other TARA supporters that day, Beer Paws raised over $60 for the rescue group.
We are trying to drive that number up even more throughout the week. 10% of all proceeds from online sales through Sunday, September 1, 2013, will benefit TARA.
Click here to shop: http://waywarddogs.storenvy.com/
To see more photos from Tunes for TARA, check out the photo album on Facebook!
As an all-around animal and nature lover, I often find myself thinking about the ways in which dogs can negatively impact the environment.
Then, every so often, a story like this pops up – a story about working dogs whose loyalty provides a sustainable and reliable form of livestock protection. It’s an awesome solution especially at a time when many people violently resist the reintroduction of natural predators like wolves.
Even if you aren’t interested in the eco-angle of this story from the People and Carnivores conservation group, I urge you to watch this 7-minute video for the rare and old timey dog breeds featured in it. (And don’t be put off by the creepy thumbnail image.)
To learn more about how human society and the great predator animals can share the planet, check out PeopleandCarnivores.org.
What do you think of the Livestock Guarding Dogs?
If you like this story, check out my post on the Conservation Canines.
“Wanna buy a raffle ticket?”
That’s the question you’ll be greeted with if you interact with me in person this week.
And I have no shame. In my quest to collect lots of dollars for rescue dogs, I will be pushy. I will guilt-trip you if you hesitate.
“Come on, it’s just $5.”
Every cent collected will go directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, the rescue organization that enrolled Charlie Machete. In tomorrow’s post, you’ll get to learn more about some of the other dogs in the group. For now, suffice it to say that every dollar matters. Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dogs come from shelters, the streets and abandoned houses. Two animals linked to our group have recently undergone amputations.
My goal is to raise at least $500.
Winners need not be present, but the raffle drawing will occur on Sunday, October 28, at the end of the shopping party Katty Delux and I are co-hosting at the Madewell boutique in Leawood, Kansas.
Everyone who attends that event will also be entered in a free drawing for a Madewell gift card and enjoy complimentary refreshments and an available shopping discount. The first 20 attendees will receive a free goodie bag.
You can check out some of the raffle prizes in the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on the Wayward Dogs Facebook fan page.
Here’s a list of some of the things we’re giving away:
-Custom doggy sweater from Tiennot Knit Sweaters
-Leash and collar sets from Waggiwear Dog Collars and Leashes
-Gift Certificate to The Barking Lot Grooming Salon
-Gift Certificate to Simply Grooming by Gia
-Gift certificate to Pete ‘n’ Mac pet resort
-K9closet handmade collars from Simply Grooming by Gia
-Handmade Doggie Bows by Styled by a Milk Tooth
-Handmade Retro Accessories from Lucky Lucille
-Handmade Sunnglasses from Tumbleweeds Odd Shop
-Handmade pit bull magnets from Kathleen Henn
-Gift Certificate for a tree three-night stay at Kennel Creek Pet Resort
All above items will be grouped into two monster prize packages.
So, are you going to buy a raffle ticket?
Unfortunately, gambling laws made me too nervous to accept online payments for raffle tickets. So, if you are in the Kansas City area and want to buy one, let me know in the comments or email me at email@example.com. We’ll figure out how to get your tickets to you!
I will have raffle tickets on hand during the Coast to Coast Bully Walk and at the shopping party on Sunday.
If you don’t live in Kansas City, but still want to contribute to the cause, feel free to make a donation directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. Let me know in the comments if you do.
And don’t forget to enter the Retro Vixen giveaway. No purchase is necessary for that – just give a Like to some worthy Facebook fan pages. (That giveaway is open to all U.S. residents.)
What prize from the list most excites you?
This is all going buh-bye.
I’ll tell you why I’m getting rid of all those pricey hair products tomorrow.
(And, yes, it does have a little bit to do with dogs.)
In the meantime:
Go check out The Pitch‘s hot-off-the-press Best of Kansas City 2012 edition.
Also: What kind of products you currently put in your hair?
A while back, I said I was working with the fashionistas at the Madewell store in Leawood on a special event that would raise funds for a favorite cause.
Well, it’s finally happening!
Katty Delux over at Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth and I are presenting Fashion-a-Bull Fall, a shopping party and fundraiser on Sunday, October 28.
Keep tabs on my blog and Katty’s for more details about the event.
If you have a pet business and wish to donate items for the raffle, please contact me at crystalwayward(a)gmail(dot)com.
We’re ready! (Even though Charlie Machete didn’t want his picture taken.)
In less than an hour, foster dog Charlie Machete and I will begin the 5K Strutt with Your Mutt charity race to benefit Wayside Waifs. Big thanks to everyone who has supported us with encouragement and donations for homeless pets.
We racked up over $250 in sponsorships!
If you’re in the Brookside area of Kansas City this morning and see us run by, give us a holler. It should be hard to miss me in this outfit!
Note: I am wearing my KC Pittie Pack T-shirt instead of the official race shirt.
Can a dog help save the whales?
If you read the New York Times, are a fan of Wayward Dogs on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you have probably already encountered the story of Tucker, the onetime stray black lab mix who now spends his days sniffing out Orca scat from the deck of a boat off the coast of San Juan Island, Washington.
By leading scientists to this obscure excrement, Tucker helps them monitor the health of the whales and understand where they go when they’re not in the San Juan area.
I can’t believe this dog is for real.
According to the story, Tucker is the only dog in the world currently trained and working to detect the scent of whale droppings in the open ocean, but he’s not the only dog sniffing out endangered species poop for science.
Since 1997, the non-profit, Washington-based organization Conservation Canines has been training dogs to trackers of endangered whales, bears, owls, elephants, caribou, pumas, jaguars, giant anteaters and even mice.
Studying the scat is a non-invasive way for scientists to learn a whole lot about the animals, including their sex, species, nutritional status and reproductive health. In the case of the orcas, the presence of the chemicals like DDT and dioxin in the scat suggests in what other waters the animals may have been swimming.
We humans are killing off the rest of the planet at an alarming rate.
Something like 200 plant and animal species die off each day, mostly as a result of human impact.
Like our own, the world dog population is more of an overpopulation. Just ask shelters and rescue groups. When they’re free-roaming or feral, dogs can pose a threat to wildlife, as well.
As a person who cares deeply about the environment – and is a crazy dog lady – these are things I think about a lot. In fact, I often feel a bit guilty about the time and energy I put into dog advocacy, compared with what I do about the plight of threatened wild things.
What if at the end of the world, it’s just us and dogs? Would that be worth it?
Discovering the Conservation Canines organization was huge for me yesterday. This is an area where domestic animal rescue and environmentalism can come together. Humans can work with dogs to help in the fight to save other species.
Almost all of the Conservation Canines are rescue dogs or owner surrenders. Tucker came from the streets of Seattle.
According to the group’s website, the dogs that make great trackers often don’t make great family pets. They’re too hyper and too single-minded.
The dog now in training to do what Tucker does is a flat-coated retriever who was so obsessed with her ball that when her former owner placed it atop a refrigerator, she sat and stared at the ball for eight hours.
If only the rest of us could apply that level of determination to protecting the planet…
You can support Conservation Canines by shopping at the group’s merchandise site. I rather like the hoodies and “honorary member” shirts for dogs.
What do you think about this story? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Fun fact: I have been obsessed with whales since I was a little kid. That’s why there are books by the marine life artist Wyland in the “Favorite Things” section of the Wayward Dogs Store.
It’s amazing how much a small accomplishment can improve your whole view.
Miraculously, the glass did not break. The hanger, however, left a nasty scar on the wall above my dresser.
The mirror itself took up an almost forgotten residence on the floor behind the headboard. All I could really see was the beautiful ornate frame that makes me love this mirror so.
It was Zach’s idea last weekend to move the mirror to our tiny bathroom.
The effect is amazing. Of course, there’s the whole room-enlargening effect. But that old mirror also brings something personal to a room that we’ve otherwise furnished sparsely with store-bought, assemble-it-yourself cabinets. That mirror makes me stupid happy.
I can’t believe it took so long.
Did you accomplish any projects over the holiday weekend?
Have you ever completed one very small task and been overjoyed with the result?
Like a great many working people, I spend my weekdays away from my dogs. Pets are not allowed at the office where I compose corporate communications and manage social media efforts for Staples Promotional Products.
Yet, the group I work in does have a pair of canine mascots.
The stuffed dogs are coming in quite handy this week as models for the items being given away in a contest I helped coordinate for the company’s corporate blog, YourBrandPartner.com.
Unlike this blog, the site I oversee for work does giveaways all the time. This is the first contest we’ve run so far that pertains to pets. Because it’s dog-specific and includes an opportunity to help homeless dogs, I wanted to let my Wayward Dogs readers know about it.
The contest works like this: People submit a photo of their dog, along with the name and website of their favorite 501c3 non-profit animal shelter or rescue group and why they think that organization should win a gaggle of gifts from Staples Promotional Products. The winner will be selected based on the case made for the non-profit and the entrant’s social media engagement related to the contest.
The prize is a personal pet package for the winner and a bigger grab bag of goodies for the dogs in the designated non-profit.
Not all of the prizes have arrived at Staples Promotional Products’ Overland Park, Kansas, headquarters yet. Among the items I wish I could take home with me are a bone-shaped, heavy absorbency pet towel and a couple sets of blingy collars and leashes from Diane Katzman Design.
Other items being given away include pet bath care items – shampoo, detangler, perfume – food bowls and some gorgeous reusable tote bags with bulldogs on them.
The prizes are all provided by vendors who make all manner of products that companies and organizations can customize with their own logos to promote their brands. Pet-themed promotional products are ideal giveaways for a variety of businesses, including retail pet boutiques, pet food companies and even shelters.
The items from the contest that will be going to the winning non-profit group include multiple useful items, such as collars, leashes and bandanas that I think would be great to put in adoption kits that go with pets when they go to their forever homes.
Now, are you ready to enter this contest?
Head to this link: http://yourbrandpartner.com/promo-insights/latest-discovery-win-stuff-your-pet-and-help-shelter-dogs
Fun Fact: I’ll be receiving a goody bag of promotional items from Wayside Waifs as part of my runners’ package when I participate in my first 5K in September.
Big thanks to everyone who is sponsoring Charlie Machete and me in the run! You are the best friends and readers ever, and you can bet I’ll be calling out all of you publicly in a future post!