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Chopper, please show up early at the judges table (about 2:15 or so if you can) to go over the judging criteria.
Thanks to everyone who is helping out, and all of our fabulous sponsors!
No problem, Jules, I'll be there.
From the Ballard News Tribune:
Great story, good job Jules!
Tusen Takk, chopper 74!
Sounds like fun, but how are you going to know if a dog is from Ballard or not?? Also if by happenstance someone is out and about in Ballard with their pup and they stop by, what are you going to do??? Kick them out??? I would hope not, I wouldn't want to give the impression that Ballardites are exclusive and unfriendly.
Oh, now, MissK, you let me worry about that. :)
Looks like that's explained in the Ballard News Tribune article, MissK.
Do you have all five judges, Jules? Just curious, I'm not volunteering (I would if it were a cat show, but what do I know from dogs?).
Are you going to have the Geeky Swedes plug it on the front page?
Thanks for organizing, should be fun!
Hey Jules, how will this work. Do we enter our dog in specific categories during registration. Thanks for organizing. It sounds like a lot of fun. How about a category for Most Recently Adopted from a Shelter?
Underpants Gnome; you don't have to enter your dog in any category, JUST SHOW UP. You'll get a number, and we'll announce winners. Only categories where we have to see them all in one place (ie: Longest Weinger dog or something like that) will we announce over the PA what to do.
Well, that could be a great category!
I'm hoping the Geeky Swedes will move the event and poster to the front page when it gets closer to the date.
It certainly would be good news...I'd bet the Swedes have already planned on it.
Does anyone have any clipboards we could borrow for the day?
I believe I have two...well, looks like one for sure.
Ahimsa Dog Training also has a blog article about the event on their website: http://ahimsadogtraining.com/blog/2009/08/12/august-23-first-annual-dog-days-of-ballards-summer/
I have the other clipboard.... I live close to you if you want it beforehand.
Lakreitz, I need it by about 2:30 the day of the event, so if you want to just come down early, that would be fine OR I can get it from you beforehand. Please write your name on some tape on the back so you get it back!
With all this advertising of the event....you might get a person and their dog from...eeek Shoreline. If you wanted it exclusive the less advertising the better. I guess I don't agree with the exclusitivity of it all. At first I was excited and was going to invite my brother and his pup (non Ballardites.) But once I saw that it was ONLY for Ballard peeps, I was dismayed.
Chapper? Who the heck is Chapper??
Actually, all that talk about dry gin last night has me feeling a bit chapped...
Well, I shot you an e-mail.
Miss K, it's not a parade, stop raining on it...
Miss K- the reason we didn't put it in the Seattle Times, for example, is that we wanted it for the neighborhood. All the sponsors are local....and this isn't Seafoodfest. Miss K, since YOU are from Ballard, then you can bring along your brother and his pup...and you can enter the pup. Also, anyone with a business in Ballard (who may or may not live here) is welcome to show up. One of the reasons that the local merchants were so extraordinarily generous (in a recession!)was that is is a local event. Since the two zip codes include over 50,000 people, I'd say we can safely say one-quarter of them have a dog...how many will show up is anyone's guess.This is intended to be a neighborhood event; not a city-wide event. We have to draw the line somwwhere.
Now, we're not going to be too Draconian about this. We have 200 goodie bags and about 100 prizes. If for any reason there are left over goodie bags, we'll take those to a dog shelter. Since we are not doing advance registration, we have no idea how many people to expect but my hope is that EVERYONE will go home with something.
Hey Jules...may be a little later than 4:30 today, just FYI. Kinda busy at work today, may not get out on time, but I will have the leashes in tow! :)
I can bring my own clipboard, if I borrow the one I have at work for the weekend. Is that cool?
PS Miss K- all the advertising says it is for Ballardites. It was only advertised in Ballard.
When I was a tiny child (and the earth's surface was still cooloing) I remember my mom (who was the PTA president at the time) helped out with two Easter egg hunts- one at Golden Gardens, one at Loyal Heights. My brother & sister and I went...and kids were trucked in from all over town for this event. None of us got a single egg...and were very dissappointed...and never forgot it.
I don't want a repeat performance of those events. I intend that EVERY kid who shows up at this event with a dog FROM BALLARD goes home with something. My hope is that everyone who shows up, will in fact, go home with something.
200 goodie bags
@100 tennis balls.
We should be able to ensure that no one goes home empty handed.
(BTW, many, many thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors...and to two of our judges, who, with me, stayed up late last night packaging up all the goodie bags. These ladies deserve a plaque,a cash award, and a free beer.Oddly, all three of us are canine-companion free ata the moment.)
Will show up early on Sunday. I checked my basement and I have two, so will bring both. Need any Sharpie marking pens, tape, a folding table or chairs?
We've met BTW - a few months ago over at the UVillage in the furniture store.
I have a few tennis balls too.
Aha! Lakerietz, a your clipboards, a couple sharpies, some tape (duct tape?) would be good. Parks & Rec is bringing the tables, chairs, tents, and PA system. We are in fact, donating all the leftover bags (about 200) to the Ballard Commmunity center for them to use for their programs.I'm also bringing a ton of plastic bags for any ...accidents.
IF anyone of the strong and burly variety would like to come and help with "Security" I'd appreciate it. Strictly speaking, we just want to ensure that
1. no one walks off with the prizes and
2. any disruptive "elements" are politely asked to leave...by that I mean mainly the couple with the pit bull, who will see this as a golden opportunity to panhandle and generally make a nuisance of themselves, and any of the local homeless engaging in any anti-social behavior. This is a safe, family-friendly evemt; small children do not need to be exposed to this.It's only for 2 hours, anyway.
Is there a drinking fountain at the park? If there is, it might be nice to have a container of some sort for the dogs to drink out of if it's hot.
There IS a drinking fountain AND the spray park. But some bowls would be a good idea.
Sorry Jules - I wasn't trying to rain on the parade. I now know where your coming from (from your easter egg story.) That would make me upset too.
Again sorry MyBallardite's I am not and will not be the Debbie Downer of the forum :-D
Sweet, 'cause we're planning on some 'puppy uppers' ;-)
'Cause we all know that's my job.
Seriously, this sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe we can work out a cat show one of these days. ;-)
isn't the dog of the couple you dislike a doggie resident of Ballard?
lol...yeah, cat's just LOVE this kind of thing...
...no, he definitely just said no...and he looks serious...
This is going to be so fun! FYI - the spray fountain water has a bunch of chlorine and bleach added to it. I just found that out yesterday, and could definitely smell it once I realized it was in there. (Yikes, puppy had been drinking that every time we went through up until yesterday!) Just a word of warning for people like me who didn't realize.
If people had bowls they could bring that would be great - or better yet big buckets that wouldn't get knocked over. I think we have a home depot bucket, if I can find it we'll bring it.
Jules, if you want any more help please let me know! email@example.com
That's cool you got all those tennis balls. Maybe if the dogs play with them there we could swap before bringing them home. For some reason he loves toys that another dog has already played with, maybe just the extra scent on them, who knows?
Penny would be happy to play with a new ball first, and then give it to you! She won't touch used balls, so that might work out :)
Oh yay, we'd be delighted!
I can't wait to pet all the puppies!!! (Yes, puppies is what I call ALL age of dog! My 13 year old golden was still a puppy to me!)
That's why cat shows are done differently, Chopper. We don't show our cats, we simply play with them in front of an audience. ;-)
I have a metal water bowl I've had outside for walking doggies and wandering kitties, I can bring that.
See ya all at the dogie show!
"Maybe we can work out a cat show one of these days. ;-) "
Mine would enter, Nora Bell, as long as they don't have to show up (telecompete?). The nap schedule must NOT be compromised, or interrupted in any way! But perhaps we could do a kitty photo contest.
I think I have at least one clipboard that I can borrow; I'll bring however many we can get our hands on. I'll try to remember to bring some Sharpies, too, as well as extra pens for the sign-up table.
The tennis balls that we're contributing have only been touched by my DH and his tennis partner, so hopefully Penny won't object to them too much. Is she an Australian Shepherd?
I've got at least one deep bucket I can bring.
Hah! Cats do NOT nnjoy the company of other, strange cats and they are not "pack" animals. They enjoy strange cats about about as much as they do a long soaking bubble bath.
Of course, my cat would win Prettiest Calico.
Jules - Your extra bags for 'accidents' reminds me that at the shelter's Furry 5K each year, there are never enough big garbage cans to take the stuff that is collected and bagged. Should I bring a 55 gallon can with liner so that we don't overwhelm the park's trash bins?
Jules - Cats aren't pack animals but they are social. It's just if two males are together you have problems, especially if one or both aren't fixed. But if you have a fixed male and a fixed female they actually enjoy each other's company. It gives them some one to play with if I'm not here to toss fur mice for them.
Anyway, enough with the cat show. I'm sorry I even brought it up. See ya all with the dogs. :-)
Lakreitz, I'll go out on a limb and say that I think that's a great idea. Although, who gets to take it home? That would be one hell of a booby prize!
Maybe Parks & Rec can take care of the extra garbage?
Before I offered I considered eventual disposal, realizing it could be me. But, the memory of good dog owners at the Furry 5K scrambling to find a trash can overrode my common sense.
I'm glad I scrolled down the forum page this morning. We've been out of town so haven't seen anything on this. We'll be there with our lil' guy!
Hope everyone has a good time. Jules-you have done a terrific job of organizing the event and getting sponsors/prizes. We won't be able to attend but look forward to post-event reports and photos.
are any last minute items needed?
Just a big thank you to all the hard-working volunteers on this, and the sponors! Dog and I had a great time, and it was wonderful to see such a fantastic turnout!
Jules, you and your team did a fabulous job and you had such a great turnout - 420+ dogs I think!!! Ruby, Zeus and Nanuq all had a FABULOUS time, as did their humans. It was fun running into friends and folks we've met on the Board. Thanks again for a great afternoon!
there were so many cute dogs! I wished I had one to enter, but loved meeting so many of them plus the human Silver - easy to spot in her mask!
Thanks for holding this event. Our daughter and her puppy had a great time meeting all the neighborhood dogs.
I admit, I hadn't planned on going, but I'm glad I did. My step-daughters and I had a lot of fun watching and petting all of your dogs. I'm uploading some pics now.
If ANYONE DIDN'T get a goodie bag, contact me. Also= how do I upload pics?
Email them to tips at myballard dot com
I think I DESERVE a prize for NOT dognapping any of the adorable dogs! Really! Cuteness overload!
My photos on the WUF Da event
Aww, man! I has to have a Facebook account to see your pictures!
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