2nd Annual Animal WelFair at EMC a HUGE Success!

This year’s Animal WelFair event was held on June 20th in the courtyard of EMC’s Corporate Headquarters in Hopkinton, and we couldn't have asked for a better day! Once again, we welcomed organizations representing all aspects of animal welfare - from rescues, humane societies, doggie daycare and training to disaster recovery, veterinarians and pet insurance. Each group gave employees a chance to learn more about their mission, their fundraising needs and their opportunities for volunteering. Many were also giving away FREE STUFF! Dog treats, “doody” bags and collar tags were among the SWAG offerings. Pawfect Life Rescue also held a raffle where the randomly chosen winner received a gift bag full of great dog toys and goodies!

With representation from over 20 groups plus 3 of EMC’s own Employee Circles (DERG, VeTS and C.A.R.E.), we met our goal of growing this year’s event from our inaugural “Pet Fair” last June. Employees were even kind enough to donate goods to select organizations, filling nearly all 4 gigantic boxes we set up in the building for a few weeks leading up to the event! Until next year… THANK YOU! And remember: ADOPT, Don’t Shop!

Bark at the Park this Sunday

Being a proud new puppy parent, (my husband and I added a Golden Retriever puppy to our family when we purchased our first home so that our beloved Gadget would at least have a friend to help her adjust to her new surroundings) I am always on the lookout for dog-related events to bring our pups to. Socialization is important when training a new puppy, after all. (By the way, his name is Tuukka, named after the goaltender for our beloved hockey team, the Boston Bruins!)

So I was excited when a follower of the DDB on Facebook sent me the information about "Bark in the Park," an afternoon filled with activities for dogs and their humans taking place this Sunday, August 4th from 11:00am until 4:00pm. The fun goes down at Kennedy Park in Fall River, MA and is the 6th annual event sponsored by the Fall River Coalition for Animal Awareness. The rain date, just in case, is scheduled for Sunday, August 11th.

Looking at the schedule of events, this event seems like a great day for dogs and owners alike. They will have a rabies clinic offered by Mass Mobile Vet for only $12, a micro-chipping station for only $19.99, canine massages by Wet Nose Canine, pet product samples and vendor booths and demonstrations by the Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue team, Canine Mastery Jumpmasters, Disc Dog demo by Pawsitive Paws and much more.

For more information and the official schedule of events, head over to our Facebook page where we have several posts and the official flyer posted! You may also contact Tammy at (774) 218-8139 for information on volunteering or to rent space at the event.

Hope to see you there!

Pet Fair at EMC a HUGE Success!

The first-ever EMC|DERG Pet Fair was a huge success! 18 organizations from across the pet and animal welfare industries were represented in this fun and informative event held in the Bistro of 176 on June 20th. Complete with 2 NEADS Assistance Dogs, 1 Service Dog, 2 Greyhound breed ambassadors, and 1 adoptable (and adorable) Hound-mix pup, we certainly challenged the standard corporate structure! It wasn’t from a lack of perseverance, though, as we gained support from EMC Legal, Risk Management, HR, Facilities, and Security – thank you for trusting in this event and allowing us to collect the necessary paperwork to keep safety our #1 priority.

 

Several groups raffled off gift cards, baskets, and merchandise to 8 lucky winners and hundreds of freebies were given away at almost every table! But it wasn’t just about having fun – with an estimated 250 employees filtering through during the 3-hour exhibition, so many were actively engaging with the local volunteers and non-profit representatives to learn what they could do to make a difference for lives of homeless animals in the community. After all, the goal of the event was to raise awareness about the remarkable benefits provided by service animals and to promote pet adoption – “Adopt, Don’t Shop!”

 

 

 

Hands-down, the Pet Fair’s main attraction was Rainbow, a retired Assistance Dog from NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) who now demonstrates her skills with her trainer and NEADS Director of Programs and Communications, John Moon. Not only do NEADS dogs provide valuable assistance to deaf and disabled Americans, they also serve as therapy dogs in the aftermath of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon Bombings. You can be a part of this wonderful organization by volunteering as a “Puppy Raiser” to help socialize new pups before their official training begins! In addition, NEADS is collecting donations to the “Pawsitively Strong” fund – created to ensure those most impacted by the Boston bombings have free access to assistance dogs to “bring them renewed independence and connection”. Visit http://neads.org to learn more.

 

Without further ado, let’s give it up for all those who helped make this event possible! THANKS!

 

EMC: Uma Parepalli, Rich Welsh, Dave Ford, Tasha Hilson, Chris Ferdinandi, Kate Skelley

Participants: NEADS, Baypath Humane Society, Buddy Dog Humane Society, The Wayward Hound, Happy Tails Doggy Daycare, Tufts Cummings Veterinary School, Especially for Pets, Paws In Play, BSL Awareness Walks, Really Special Animals, MA Vest-a-Dog, Greyhound Friends, Sheila Kamath (Certified Dog Trainer), Critter Visits, Pet World Natick, A Diamond in the Ruff, Last Hope K9 Rescue, Breezy Hill Therapeutic Riding Center

 

Looking forward to next year’s festivities!

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Pet Fest THIS Sunday in New Bedford

It's that time again! Pet Fest is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, and this year's event promises to be an even bigger and better one! Why you ask? Because your Daily Dog Blog friends are participating!

While the main attraction of Pet Fest is arguably the enjoyable dog walk that kicks off at 12:00 noon and circles the park, the Doggie Fashion Show is always a fun, unique event that draws a crowd as the walkers begin to complete the walk. And this year, the Daily Dog Blog has partnered with our friends at Go Fetch! to host a memorable fashion show we're calling, Dogue!

After a really fun "model search," we gathered a great group of personable dogs and enthusiastic owners who will walk our runway sporting the latest and greatest in dog gear and accessories.

Our Dogue show will kickoff around 1pm in the middle of the Pet Fest location. Just look for our red carpet!

Don't forget that Pet Fest is also a great place to shop locally-made pet products, unique gift items and maybe even find your next best friend! We'll be featuring several adoptable dogs on the hunt for their forever homes in our fashion show, and many area rescue groups and shelters will be on hand with their available animals.

We hope to see you this Sunday at Pet Fest! For more information, please check out the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford's website.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Friday, June 21st, 2013 is Take Your Dog To Work Day®! If you're a true dog lover like I am, this concept is wonderful in every way. Pet Sitters International (PSI) thought so, too, so they created a whole day honoring canine companionship and pet adoption.

Take Your Dog To Work Day was first recognized in 1999 and has since become an annual celebration of our 4-legged friends. Companies– big and small – across the country enjoy the benefits of pets in the workplace year-round while some juts choose to celebrate once a year. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found in 2006 that nearly 1-in-5 U.S. companies allow pets in the workplace and further the survey revealed that: 

 

55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment;

50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better; 

38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment; and 

37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees. 

With many employers concerned with fears, allergies, and the potential liability of allowing dogs on the premises, there are many other ways to help raise awareness about pet adoption in your local community. In fact, on Thursday, June 20th, I am organizing a Pet Fair to be held at my workplace. The overall theme of this educational and promotional event is pet adoption and animal welfare. We are welcoming local shelters, humane societies, rescues, trainers, veterinarians, pet boutiques & bakeries, daycare & boarding providers, and photographers among other non-profit groups in the pet care industry to help highlight the services and products available in our own community.

Although we are not permitting monetary fundraising on-site, we are encouraging each organization to share their mission including current donation requirements, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events. We will the collection of goods (dog/cat food and treats, litter, toys, blankets, cleaning supplies, etc.) and are exploring the possibility of inviting adoptable dogs and cats for an outdoor meet & greet, weather permitting.

So, what are you waiting for? Get planning and share your story with us!

Paws for Love was Huge Success

Yesterday was the dailydogblog's second fundraising event and we're proud to say it was a smash hit! We co-hosted the "yappy hour" style event with Michelle Conlan, owner of Go Fetch!, a local dog groomer and dog product retailer.

For just $15, participants enjoyed wine and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, including the dailydogblog's famous "Four Paws Punch." Guests also got to choose from pizza donated by Domino's, sandwiches donated by Giammalvo's Market and were welcome to helpings of sides like potato salad and chips. And to top it off, delicious chocolate chip cookies and two types of brownies were available for dessert. All proceeds from the event will be delivered to Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River, MA, as they are our area's no-kill, non-profit shelter.

Our raffle was another highlight of the evening. With 12 fantastic raffle items to choose from, Paws for Love participants could purchase raffle tickets for $1 each or 15 tickets for $10. Some of the most popular raffle items were a 1-month unlimited membership to Hope Yoga Studio and a pair of Red Sox tickets for an April game.

A great mix of dogs socialized during the event - from a tiny terrier to a boisterous Golden Retriever, every dog seemed to enjoy the opportunity to play with other pups and get plenty of belly rubs from new humans.

We're still tallying up donation totals and organizing photos, but we'll be sure to share details from the event this week. Thank you to everyone who shared in the fun of our Paws for Love event and for helping support Forever Paws Animal Shelter!

We're already planning our next event ;)

One Week Until Paws for Love

Our Paws for Love "Yappy Hour" fundraiser event is just one week from today! This fun event is being held at Go Fetch! in New Bedford on Saturday, February 23rd from 4-6pm.

Friendly dogs who are up-to-date on vaccinations are welcome to join their humans at this yappy hour style event. For just $15, folks can enjoy food, drinks and earn a chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes. Please join us at this fun event and help support our local no-kill shelter, Forever Paws!

For full details and a list of raffle items, please view our official Facebook event. Call (508) 990-DOGS to reserve your tickets today!

 

Paws For Love Event to Benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter

Following the success of our last fundraiser, Pup-a-Razzi, DailyDogBlog.org has teamed up with Go Fetch! to host a Valentine-themed fundraiser to benefit the Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River.

Paws for Love, a mix and mingle for dogs and their owners, will be held at Go Fetch!, located at 982 Kempton Street in New Bedford, on Saturday, February 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Through the kind donations of Domino’s Pizza and Melissa Greene, the chef behind local cooking show Melissa’s Menu, Paws for Love attendees will enjoy pizza and sweets. Guests will also enjoy beverages, music and a raffle. Tickets for the raffle will be sold separately at the event and prizes include:

  • A pair of Red Sox tickets donated by Brownstone Insurance
  • An Alex and Ani bangle donated by be jeweled
  • A free facial donated by Samantha Linhares at Body Bliss
  • A $25 gift certificate donated by the Artisan Bake Shop
  • A $10 gift card donated by Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates
  • A $15 gift card donated by The Barn Restaurant
  • A $15 gift certificate donated by Go Fetch!
  • A free facial donated by Ana Sousa of Ana’s Facials and Hair Removal
  • A $10 gift card donated by Gray’s Daily Grind
  • A 1-month unlimited membership donated by Hope Yoga Studio

Friendly, leashed dogs who are up-to-date on vaccinations are welcome to bring their humans. Tickets cost $15 per person in advance, or $20 per person at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling Go Fetch! at (508) 990-DOGS. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested.

This event is going to be so much fun! Call to reserve your space today!

Meetup

With over 11 million members in over 45,000 cities, Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Have you joined yet?

Over the past few weeks, Cooper and I have joined several groups and attended 2 local Meetups. I meet new people and he makes new fur friends - it is a real win, win! Meetup does not only focus on pets, though, so whether it's cooking, reading, hiking or even finding play dates for your non-canine kids, there is bound to be something for everyone. But wait, there's more! Since Meetup members create the groups and events, you're encouraged to start a local group of your own and inspire a new activity.

If you're already a member, please share you experience(s) or join now and give it a try!

 

About: Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.

Donation Day at Forever Paws Animal Shelter

The Daily Dog Blog delivered the monetary donation that we collected as a result of our Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser together with Iris Images this past Sunday. With your help, we were able to donate $450 to Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River.

Forever Paws is a no-kill shelter that depends solely on public donations to operate, so the help was greatly appreciated!

We were also able to donate a big tub of cleaning supplies such as detergent and bleach that the shelter also has on their wish-list, and two 16 pound bags of dog food. The shelter staff was very appreciative and even gave us a personal tour of the shelter to share with our blog readers.

Here are some photos from our day.

 

 

The Daily Dog Blog would like to thank everyone who made our event possible. Without your support, we would not have been able to assist this deserving shelter in their mission of saving lives.

Pup-a-Razzi Event was a Blast

We could not be more pleased with how our first event, our Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser, turned out. From the weather cooperating (mostly) to seeing both familiar and new faces (canine and human), the dailydogblog.org and Iris Images Photography had a pretty great weekend.

We were successful in booking every single photo reservation for both Saturday and Sunday, and actually had a good number of walk-up appointments as well. In total, we put smiles on the faces of 43 dog owners during Pup-a-Razzi!

Participants were very generous as well -- often donating more than the $10 fee to our cause and helping us fill a tub with cleaning supplies and dog food which will also be presented to Forever Paws Animal Shelter this weekend.

Our total monetary donation amount is currently at $400, with several kind folks also offering to mail additional donation checks to us this week.

We’ll follow up after we make the donation delivery to Forever Paws this weekend and let you know the end result of our Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser.

A BIG thank you to all those who participated/donated, and to Vanessa Machado from Iris Images Photography. Without you, this event would not have been possible.

Here are a few photos that we snapped during the event. To see more photos and some teasers of the professional photos Vanessa took, head over to our Facebook page!

Fall photo time!Melissa and Beth, your dailydogblog.org co-foundersBaxter was VERY happy to be there!LOTS of puppies!People had a great time talking to other dog owners and checking out the goodies at the Go Fetch! tent, our official treat sponsor.Jasmine and Simba were groomed especially for their photos :)

 

Newspaper Feature on Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser

We wanted to share an article published in our local newspaper, The Standard Times, about our fundraiser that is coming up this weekend. So here it is!

Four-legged Photo Shoot to Benefit Forever Paws

By
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
September 04, 2012 12:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD — Dogs are natural fashion models, but now they have a chance to be model citizens, as well.

DailyDogBlog.org and Iris Images have teamed up for Pup-a-Razzi, a photo-op fundraiser at Buttonwood Park to benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River. Forever Paws is the contracted facility for New Bedford and Westport for lost or abandoned animals.

There will be two photo sessions: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Elizabeth Cincotta, co-creator of DailyDogBlog with fellow New Bedford High School alum Melissa Cusson, is a former volunteer with Forever Paws. "We wanted the beneficiary to be a local shelter — definitely one that is no-kill," she said.

Cincotta and Cusson started the website in January 2012 over their mutual love of pets. The website features everything from health and safety tips to adoption information and general pet news.

"Melissa and I always used to talk about our pets in high school, and last year we got back in touch because she adopted a new dog similar to my Gadget," said Cincotta.

Vanessa Machado, New Bedford resident and owner of Iris Images, was recruited by DailyDogBlog to photograph pets to feature on the website. Because she wanted to expand her pet photography portfolio, Machado — who named her business after her first dog — came up with the idea of hosting a photo shoot event.

"I've always been passionate about animals," said Machado, who started her wedding photography business a year ago. Her website is facebook.com/IrisImagesPhotography.

For $10, dog owners will choose from a variety of photo themes and receive five digital images of their pet; $5 from each shoot will go to Forever Paws. Images will be posted to Shutterfly.com or emailed to the pet owner. The dogs will also receive a special treat to bring home. Participants may also bring their own costumes and props and will assemble near the Warming House to ensure the dogs remain leashed.

Gail Furtado, president of the Forever Paws Board of Directors, knows exactly where the money will go.

"We have seven puppies that were taken during a drug raid. They were emaciated and covered with mange," Furtado said. "This money will be spent on their medical care to prepare them for a future adoption." The puppies were rescued last month in New Bedford.

Pre-registration is suggested. To request a time slot, email Machado at vanessa.machado@facebook.com. Walk-ups are also welcome. For more information, visit www.dailydogblog.org.

Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser is Filling Up Fast!

We're patiently waiting for your reservations! :)We are so thankful for the fantastic support of our Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser so far! This will be a great event that helps support a very deserving no-kill shelter that finds homes for countless needy animals every year.

Spaces are filling up quickly so if you are interested in participating, please either head over to the official event page on Facebook to make a reservation, or email Vanessa Machado of Iris Images to schedule your spot! As of today it looks like we have only 5 spots left for Saturday and about 9 left for Sunday!

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, check out our original blog entry!

When Cooper Meets Lilly (the Hero Pit Bull)!

Every Wednesday beginning in late April and continuing into the Fall (weather permitting), Boston's Liberty Hotel hosts Yappy Hour in "The Yard", a fully enclosed space with 2 outdoor bars! This past week, Cooper and I made our first appearance. Together with a few 2- and 4-legged friends, we had a really great time!

"Yappier" Hour was a blast! Look at the Cooper look-a-like on the bottom left! He is thought to be a Schnauzer/Eskimo mix.

As if the evening needed any more excitement, look who we found! Lilly the Hero Pit Bull was also checking out the Yappy Hour scene for the first time. As you may recall, Lilly was struck by a freight train in Boston while pulling her owner off of the tracks, saving her life. Lilly now lives without her right front leg but that does not stop her from being active Pit Bull advocate -- continuously showing the world the benefits of this heroic, devoted, loving breed! 

Loved meeting Lilly! Apparently this massive Irish Wolfhound did, too ;)

 And here are just a few more action shots from the evening:

Top Left Across: 1) Cooper, Cooper, Sammy, and a few new pals! 2) Happy, handsome pup! 3) Sam serving the thirsty crowd! 4) Schnauzer!

 

dailydogblog and Iris Images to Host Pup-A-Razzi Fundraiser to Benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter

Have you heard the news?! dailydogblog is teaming up with our favorite pet photographer, Iris Images, to host Pup-A-Razzi, a photo-op fundraiser which will benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter. Forever Paws is a no-kill shelter who depend solely on public donations to rescue countless animals each year. Join Iris Images and your favorite dog blog girls for two days of fun photo opportunities and help raise money for this fantastic shelter.

For only $10, dog owners will have the chance to receive 5 professional digital images of their beloved four-legged friends, with numerous photo themes available and a special dog treat to bring home. Participants are also welcome to bring their own toys, outfits and props. $5 of that fee will go directly to Forever Paws Animal Shelter.

Participants are asked to meet near the Warming House in the middle of the park and to make sure their dogs remain leashed and are up-to-date with all vaccinations.

We expect the event to fill up quickly, so we're asking folks to email Vanessa to set up a time slot convenient for them.

Check out the Facebook Event to see who's going and RSVP! Hope to see you all there!

Pet Fest 2012 was Great Fun

Melissa and I both attended Pet Fest last weekend, hosted by the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford, and it was such a great event. We were truly lucky this year, as the weather could not have been more perfect! And the warm, sunny weather certainly brought a crowd this year, which was great to see.

If you know of any other animal-related fundraisers or dog walks taking place throughout the New England area, please drop us a line and tell us about it!

Here are some photos for the event:

We found Cooper!This little guy was certainly dressed for the occasion!

Puppies, puppies, everywhere!That was the doggie fashion show ring behind us.

Pet Food Drive in Kingston, MA

dog begging for foodThe Kingston Animal Hospital is hosting an ongoing pet food drive to stock their food pantry. Both dog and cat foods are needed, and canned and dry foods are acceptable.

Donations are welcome during hospital hours which are:
Monday - Thursday: 7am - 9pm
Friday: 7am - 6pm
Saturday: 7am - 5pm

Kingston Animal Hospital is located at 192 Main Street in Kingston, Massachusetts.

The food pantry assists pet owners who need temporary assistance in feeding their pets. With the economy in the state it's in now, pet food pantries are a necessity and donations to them help ensure that caring pet owners are able to keep their pets during tough times, rather than turn them over to shelters, or worse.

13th Annual Pet Fest and Walk For Animals

One of my favorite things to do in the spring time is attend the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford's Annual Pet Fest and Walk for Animals. It takes place every May at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford and it's always a fantastic event.

This year's event marks the 13th year of its existence -- way to go Coalition for Animals!

Pet Fest and Walk for Animals 2011Pet Fest 2011It will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 11am until 3pm, with plenty of events and vendors attending to keep you and your dog busy all afternoon!

Registration takes place from 11am until noon. There is a $10 registration fee/donation and the 2-mile walk kicks off at noon. It's important to note though that completing the entire walk, or even any of the walk is not necessary. There are shorter routes if your pooch is older or if it's an especially warm day too.

The New Bedford Police K-9 unit will showcase a demo of their skills, the Animal Rescue League of Boston will do a rescue demo and countless vendors, rescue groups and shelters from across Massachusetts will be on hand.

Prizes are always awarded for the highest amount in fundraising, so start counting those pennies!

Visit the Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford's website for the official flyer and more information.

Gadget and I hope to see you there!

June 17th - Save the Date - Baypath Humane Society Bark in the Park

Baypath's 12th Annual Bark in the Park will be Sunday, June 17th!

Check out Baypath's website and stay tuned to our blog for more details!