Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some more stuff going on

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about stuff to do that was coming up - well there's even more stuff to do coming up, so it's time to write another post already.

It's not something to do - but there's a superstar new pet photographer in town.  His name is Nick Rudnicki - and he was referred to me through the folks at Bark & Fitz.  I think that he isn't necessarily a "pet photographer" - he is just interested in photographing the quirkiness that a dog can offer his art form if you know what I mean.

So if that's the kind of photographer that you want to give your money to - to take your pet's photos - and I am pretty sure that there are probably quite a few of you out there - you can contact Nick through his website at - you can also see more of his pet portraits on his website by clicking - here.

This weekend - there's going to be a benefit for the Dog Legislation Council of Canada - and it's actually for a dog named Ginger and her owner Philip Huggins - who has accrued $50,000 in legal bills fighting the Ontario government to keep Ginger alive.  THANK YOU Clayton Ruby.  That sentence may get ME banned from the benefit, but oh well... you can go sign up on their facebook event to find out more about the story as well, or you can read my biased version - here, and here....

If you're up in the Valley - CAPS is having an adoption event called "CAPS day at the mall with some fosters" - they've got a Facebook event page set up that you can go and join up at to learn more and get hooked up with.

It's happening April 9th from 11am to 3pm at the Greenwood Mall.

The Companion Animal Protection Society of Annapolis Valley is a tireless rescue group that saves a ton of animals up in the Valley - and going out into the community to advertise adoptable animals is a key ingredient in the no-kill solution - I am so happy that their organization is getting out there and doing events like this and showing Nova Scotia the beautiful adoptable animals that are available.

Animal Rescue Coalitions is another tireless rescue - and they're having a dance April 10th - hosted by Dora and Tysons Parents - it's going to be at the Chester Legion featuring Judy Eldridge, Ken Best & Silverado, Riverside Ramblers, Judy Eldridge, The Bollivars and Mountain Fever.  It sounds like a good time to me - and all for only $7.00 - it starts at 1pm and for more information you can call 275-3645

Also on April 10th is the next dog walk for East Coast German Shepherd Rescue - which are supposed to be a ton of fun - you can go to their Facebook event page to sign up and see who else is going.  It's also a fund raiser for them - you donate $5 for each dog that you bring to walk - this is one of the busiest rescues in HRM - so the money they raise is put to really, really good use.  They're an awesome rescue.

The recently opened Pet Valu store in Clayton Park is participating in their chain wide venture to raise $250,000 for local rescues/shelters on the weekend of April 9th and 10th - and they'll be selling "paws" for a minimum donation of $1 as well as collecting food, treats, toys, etc that can be donated in store.  Their store will be donating to the metro SPCA.  The "paws" are for sale in store now and until the end  of April.

This is absolutely fantabulous that someone has started this initiative!! It's called "Spay Day in HRM - Spread the Word" - and I'd imagine (and hope) it's part of the Year of the Cat Festivities - I don't know who's behind the group - but I'd like to see it succeed beyond their wildest expectations.

Their first fundraiser is a Spay-ghetti dinner April 12th from 4-8pm at Michael's Bar and Grill, 6100 Young Street - you can purchase your tickets at World Wide Furniture - and for more information you can go to their website at  or go to their facebook page by clicking  - here

I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot more from the group as the year wears on!

Ann MacLean, who owns Flying Tails Dog Training - has a couple workshops going on in April - she has them listed on her website at - Two sessions of Spring Ground School (skills focus):  Threadles and Push-Thrus, and Serpentines

In May she has Grids and Games on 28 May. It is a first in a sequence of essential skills and foundation work, and will be followed by One Jump and More on Jun 25 and Stunning Jumping (double box and sequences) on Jul 16.

Ann also has - "1 to 4 Flying Lessons":  Individual, Semi, Tri, and Quad sessions are available, mainly on evening and weekends, and are tailored to meet your specific needs, whether it be life skills or agility.   Individual, Semi, Tri, and Quad sessions are $40, $35, $30, $25 per person for 1h 15min. Team up to save on costs!

As someone who has always only walked her dogs on beaches and in the woods - all of this agility terminology sounds way too much like math!

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