Monday, June 29, 2009

Mighty Mutts

Itty bitty breeds, big bucks

Mighty Mutts raise $6,065 for Edmonton Humane Society at Pets in Park event

By Jennifer Fong, Edmonton JournalJune 29,

Scheri Manson stands with her chihuahuas Sadie, left, Paxton, Madison and Herbie, as they get ready to walk in the Fabulous Furballs 2.5 Kilometre Pledged Walk at the Edmonton Humane Society's Pets In The Park event on Sunday, June 29, 2009.Photograph by: Walter Tychnowicz, Edmonton JournalEDMONTON - The Mighty Mutts may be the smallest dogs, but they've got the biggest hearts.

The local off-leash meetup group for small and toy breed dogs were the top team Sunday at Pets in the Park's 2.5-kilometre Fabulous Furballs Pledged Walk at Hawrelak Park, raising$6,065 for the Edmonton Humane Society.

"We all have pets that are so lucky. In some way or another we spoil them, in that they have owners that are responsible," said Mighty Mutts founder Scheri Manson. Manson's three chihuahuas, who completed their lap comfortably in doggie strollers, have it good. But many other animals, she said, count on the Society for basic food, shelter, and care.

"It offers a great service, I think, to our city," added Kristy Fedoruk, Manson's daughter and owner of Sadie, a short-coat chihuahua and rat terrier cross. "This is one of their biggest fundraising events so it's great to get Mighty Mutts promoted, but also Edmonton Humane."

The Mighty Mutts, the biggest group to participate in this year's walk, was formed just over three months ago. Already, the group has grown to more than 80 members who meet weekly at Idylwylde Community League, where they secured access to an outdoor enclosed rink area through the summer.

Edmonton has more than 40 off-leash parks, but none are limited to small dogs. Two of Manson's chihuahuas are just seven months old and weigh a mere three pounds each. They could easily get hurt, she said, playing with bigger breeds.

Thanks to Mighty Mutts, members said, tiny tykes can exercise and socialize without fear of intimidation, while their owners can make new friends and share dog-related advice. Some members even travel from out of town just to attend meetups.

"It's the best thing that could have happened to us," said Judy Carter, owner of a miniature dappled dachshund named Pepper. "She got rolled too many times at the off-leash dog park in Beaumont by big dogs. They thought she was a play toy."

Since joining the Mighty Mutts in May, Pepper is much happier. Instead of being bullied, she's now the queen of her jungle.

"Literally, Pepper is the social butterfly of the group." Carter said.

About 30 members of the Mighty Mutts, decked out in matching red baseball caps and white T-shirts, participated in Sunday's walk around Hawrelak Park, which was packed with animals.

"Holy smokes, we think it's the best ever," said Shawna Randolph, spokeswoman for the Edmonton Humane Society. Roughly 9,000 people, she estimated, showed up to Pets in the Park, now in its 17th year.

"Usually, we see about 8,000 on a good day," said Randolph who attributed the event's success to decent weather and buzz around the society's new shelter. The society expected to raise about $115,000, which will help cover the cost of general shelter operations. WEEK IN DOGOPOLIS - Tuesday in Look: Bling to bark about - Wednesday in Bistro: Dog chow with wow - Thursday in At Home: Dealing with the doo-doo - Friday in Life: The costs and commitment of life with Fido - Saturday in LifeStyle: The best of readers' doggie photos; a moving account of a night at the emergency veterinary clinic; and more. A full section devoted to dogs

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Rock Band with Small Group

Heather - maybe you should smile a bit bigger....
I neglected to post these pics a while back from our Focus 3 small group wrap up party. As you can see, the McIntosh family was in full rock out mode. Well done people!

Pets in the Park - Thanks to All!

Thank you so much to everyone who pledged me for this weekend's fundraising walk for the Edmonton Humane Society! I don't yet know the total raised, but when I do I'll be sure to post it. Muffin and I raised $300 dollars personally for this cause.

It was an awesome day - not too hot, not rainy, and a bit breezy. It kept the dogs cool and fun was had by all! I met up with the ladies and gents from the Mighty Mutts small dog offleash program that I've registered for and met some new friends, human and canine alike. More to come on that, for sure.

I swear I've never seen so many dogs in one place before - it was awesome! Look at the picture of the starting line - each one of those people had a dog at their feet.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

We are the proud new owners of a Kia Rondo! We went to the dealership Friday evening and purchased this little beauty, the Rondo 5 seater EX SE. The SE stands for special edition, which includes "free" (trust me, it wasn't free) sunroof, heated seats, 17 inch alloy wheels, and backup sensors. Pretty sweet - now we won't have to pack the cavalier all the way to Alaska with no cruise or AC. And this vehicle is big enough to hold all the salmon I'm going to catch.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Borrowed from - Stabby Gorrila in Calgary

A gorilla at the Calgary Zoo picked up a knife left by one of its keepers and threatened to stab another primate if it didn't reveal the whereabouts of its banana horde. Okay, not really. But it did swing the knife around menacingly.

"He grabbed the knife exactly in the correct position and he smelled it and looked at it," said Calgarian Joe Scheffler, who was at the zoo with his wife, Heike. "A few seconds later, another gorilla came and he was very interested.

"He tried to get the knife, but the gorilla with the knife lifted the knife for his buddy . . . it seems to me that the gorilla with the knife was a little bit angry and he lifted his hand with the knife.
"It was just (like) a scene from a crime," added Scheffler, whose wife snapped photos of the incident.

Suddenly, as though it sensed danger, Scheffler said the second gorilla stepped away and the knife-wielding gorilla walked a short distance and placed it on an old chair in the exhibit.
Oh man, animals with weapons. This reminds me of the future!
Gorilla caught holding knife at Calgary Zoo [calgaryherald]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dino-Break ups. Twisted but Hilarious.

I think I'm in a wierd mood this morning - because I think this is hilarious.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Follow my fundraising journey as I work towards my goal!  Thank you so much to all of you who have generously donated already - it is going to an amazing cause!

Museum of Agriculture - Ottawa

Another view of the canal - saw canoes, tandem bikers, runners, walkers, rollerbladers

Ornamental Gardens

Evening coffee in the market

Crocs Store

The hustle in the Market

You guessed it.  It's a sheep.

Rideau Canal - path went from Dow's lake to the Byward Market

Dairy Barn Exhibit

Antique tractor exhibit at the Museum

I took a whirlwind trip to Ottawa from Friday to Saturday this week for a meeting.  I got in on the Friday afternoon, so I took a couple of hours and went to the Canadian Museum of Agriculture and Canadian Ornamental Gardens.  Then I walked the 10k to Byward Market for dessert and coffee.  Definitely a full night but well worth it.  This is the first time that I've ever been to Ottawa when it wasn't really cold - what a difference.  

I also took a trip to the Crocs store to get new shoes for the kids.  I didn't know that there was a store entirely devoted to Crocs - and I had no idea that there were that many colors and styles of Crocs in the entire world.  Very cool!

High Adventure Camp

Richard - Up, Up, and away!

Richard, Janelle and Darryl "Suiting Up" for the climbing wall

Chad giving the camera what it wants...
Heather adjusting her helmet for the climbing ropes

Tamar getting ready to do the High Ropes course at Camp Caroline

My Lovely Husband Scaling the Climbing Wall

Isaac's Fifth Birthday

We weren't able to be there for Isaac's actual birthday party, but we stopped in to drop off his birthday gift before High Adventure Camp.  I think he likes it...

More Ethan!


Garden Begins

Gargle Fungi!
Planting seeds and putting the rest in little plastic storage containers 

I planted my garden on May 26, 2009 this year - here's to what the summer has in future!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pets in the Park!

Hey everyone!

I'm doing a 2.5 km pledge walk to benefit the Edmonton Humane Society on Sunday, June 28, 2009! Please feel free to visit my homepage (link below) and pledge those extra dollars you'd just spend on Starbucks anyways! All proceeds will go to rehabilitating and re-homing companion animals in need.

Keep in mind, this involves exercise, and I hate exercise. So I deserve at least $5 from you.