Archive for February, 2010

Dallas Texas: 4th Annual Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Friends of Fair Park presents the 4th Annual Dog Bowl at Dallas’s Famous Cotton Bowl Stadium

Double the fun with Dog Bowls in April and June filled with family activities, canine crafts, “tail”-gating, entertainment, giveaways and more when the historic Cotton Bowl field transforms into a giant-size dog park
Sunday, April 11 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 1 – 5 p.m.

The Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park
3750 Midway Plaza, Dallas, TX 75210

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Round up the hounds! In response to overwhelming doggy delight, Fair Park will unleash two dates in 2010 for the free family-friendly fourth annual Dog Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium. On Sunday, April 11, and Sunday, June 6 (1 – 5 p.m.), Dallas’ most historic football field will transform into a giant-size dog park open to people, pups and pooches of all sizes.

Both doggy days will kick off with a “tail”-gate party at 11 a.m. in the “woof” stock zone outside the Cotton Bowl. At 1 p.m., the Dog Bowl will officially get underway with live entertainment, giveaways, exhibits and activities including a pet/owner look-alike contest, an animal-only agility course, canine crafts, Frisbee demos by the Dallas Dog & Disc Club, plus a don’t-miss demo by three-time national disc champ Maggie (April 11 only).

Hear from trainers, veterinarians and a variety of pet product vendors on the latest tips and trends in the dog world, take a leisurely stroll around the lagoon on the Pooch Path, and savor the day with pictures of your pooch projected on the Cotton Bowl Jumbotron!

Misting ponds and giant “dip or sip” dog bowls will keep canines cool and quenched, while dog owners will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and other concessions for sale.

Both Dog Bowl events are free and open to the public. Parking is $10 and available at Gate 11. Or ride DART’s Green Line to the Fair Park Station. Please note: “Tail”-gate parties begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Bring your own picnic – no alcohol or grills please. Beer will be available for purchase. Owners will be asked to observe all current City of Dallas Dog Park policies while at the Cotton Bowl.

Monterey CA: New pooch-friendly package at Victorian Inn benefits SPCA

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

In this dog eat dog world when the weather is as chilly as a three dog night, Monterey’s Victorian Inn offers dog tired travelers and their four-legged friends a pooch-friendly package that comes with two treats. ‘Love Me, Love My Dog’ includes cozy, specially designed accommodations for two humans and one hound, souvenir water bowls, tail wagging doggie snacks, a beach toy and – for the pet owners – continental breakfast buffet and an evening wine and cheese reception. Each room has a fireplace – the perfect place for your pooch to curl up and nap.

Guests are invited to send pictures of their pets enjoying Monterey to pets@innsofmonterey.com. Each month the hotel’s staff will pick one favorite Fido photo for a complimentary one-night stay at the Victorian Inn. Best of all, 10% of every ‘Love Me, Love My Dog’ package will be donated to The SPCA for Monterey County.

The monthly favorite picture – determined by how best it represents a dog’s life in Monterey – will be posted at www.innsofmonterey.com.

This one-night package is $129 per night, not including taxes and gratuity. For reservations and information, please visit www.victorianinn.com or call 800-232-4141.

With its wide-open, pet perfect beaches, extensive oceanfront walking paths and dog-friendly attitude, Monterey is a terrific getaway, the epitome of a dog’s life.

The Victorian Inn is a perfect home-away-from-home for vacationing families. First built in 1906 as a home for the Lang family, the beautifully restored Victorian and adjacent guest accommodations reflect Monterey’s heritage and tradition of authentic hospitality. Complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, and a wine and cheese reception is held each afternoon in the charming Victorian parlor. The Inn’s 70 charming rooms and suites include a marble fireplace, high speed Internet access, refrigerator with refreshments, hair dryer, cable TV and DVD player, coffee maker and other amenities. All have a private patio and balcony or window seats. Some have vaulted ceilings, CD players, feather beds, and jetted bathtub.

Family suites include an adjoining full-size living room with queen and twin sofa sleepers and kitchenette equipped with a microwave, cutlery and dishes. The outdoor garden hot tub provides a relaxing respite. Underground parking is available. The Inn is just steps from Cannery Row’s shops and restaurants and a short walk from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Ron Hevener Launches Collection of “Animals and Their People”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Animal lover Ron Hevener, whose popular column “On With The Show!” reaches millions of pet households, says his new line of collectible figurines will “remind us of the good times.”

Hevener, raised in the farm country of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, rose to fame designing merchandise from his stories about people and their animals. His lively and fun-filled novels about dog shows, horse shows and racing inspire pet lovers world-wide.

The new figurines of people and their pets are his “most important work to date,” says the artist. “I hope the world can feel love from these portrayals of good and sentimental times.”

It’s a daring move for the designer, who believes there is a deeper war facing us than anything being waged in the name of Homeland Security. “The real war isn’t being fought with guns and helicopters,” he says. “It’s being fought in class rooms, media and courts of law threatened by our power to love. They’re scared of the emotional range we develop by raising animals and what it awakens in us,” he says. “Well, I’m not.”

You can find out more at Ron Hevener’s Website RonHevener.com