Archive for September, 2011

Franktown CO: 1st Annual Gala will be a Howling Good Time

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The first annual Friends of Douglas County K-99 fundraising gala, Howling Good Time, will be held at Cielo at Castle Pines on October 12, 2011 at 6 PM. The event will feature a tribute to two retiring K-9 Unit dogs, a live auction and an introduction to the newly formed non-profit organization, Friends of Douglas County K-9. Noted comedian and veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald will emcee the event.

This year, the Douglas County Sheriffs K-9 Unit will be retiring two dogs, K-9 Axel and K-9 Leon. With the exception of deputy salaries and vehicles, the K-9 Unit is funded almost solely through donations. With two dogs retiring, donations are necessary in order to purchase new dogs, fund their training and outfit them with safety gear.

Hosted by Friends of Douglas County K-9, Howling Good Time will directly benefit the Douglas County Sheriffs K-9 Unit by raising funds to provide for Axel and Leon; purchase new animals and appropriate safety gear; and provide for ongoing training and maintenance.

These are incredible animals, said Dr. David Swieckowski, D.V.M., a Friends of Douglas County K-9 board member. They can search a building in minutes, decreasing the risk of danger for the deputies. They visit and search school facilities, creating a proactive law enforcement presence They provide a unique and extremely efficient law enforcement service to the community.

A new K-9 Unit dog can cost $12,000, without training or safety equipment. In addition, retired K-9 Unit dogs must receive proper care and rehabilitation to adjust to life outside of the Unit. In total, a K-9 dog may cost upwards of $40,000 over its lifetime.

For almost seven years I had a partner that would do anything for me, that would protect me – no matter the situations I put him in said Deputy Paul Montville, handler for retiring K-9 Leon. Without hesitation or question, he would lay down his life so that I could go home again, so that a son could have a father, a wife a husband, a mother a son. Words can never truly express a relationship like that.

Tables and individual tickets for the gala are available for immediate purchase at Tickets to the event entitle attendees to a cocktail hour, plated dinner, premier of the Friends of Douglas County K-9 video, retirement ceremony to honor Axel and Leon, and a live auction.

The live auction will feature items donated by the Douglas County Sheriffs Department, including a ride-along with a K-9 Deputy and his dog, a K-9 training day observation, a SWAT training day observation, and more. Commemorative K-9 Kups will also be available for $40, which are filled with gift certificates and coupons donated by local businesses. The value of the contents of each K-9 Kup can be anywhere from $50 to $800.

The Douglas County Sherriffs Office is grateful and appreciative for all the hard work and dedication of the Friends of Douglas County K9, said Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver. It is truly an inspiration to see the commitment from the community in support of this program. Its continued dedication will no doubt have a profound effect on the success of this program.

For event information, to purchase tickets, make a donation or to learn more about Friends of Douglas County K-9, visit

Johnny Rockets in Chino Hills Presents Bark for Life

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Fundraiser Battles Cancer with Furry Friends at Boys Republic on Oct. 15

WHO/WHAT: Johnny Rockets at the Shoppes in Chino Hills presents the first Annual Bark for Life and Family Festival of Chino Valley on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Boys Republic High School in Chino Hills. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the event takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This noncompetitive walk and festival will bring together dog lovers throughout Chino Valley and the surrounding communities to celebrate the care giving qualities of our canine “best friends”. There will be entertainment, dog sporting events, including a long jump, and food for everyone.

Funds raised by the Bark for Life will be used to provide services for local cancer patients, community education programs, and national research projects to find cures to defeat this dreaded disease. Humans are free and the entry fee is $20 per dog. The first 200 dogs to pre-register receive a gift bag and a Bark for Life purple bandana.

To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer Rudin at or (909) 802-0705.

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Designer John Bartlett Makes Pets Fashionable

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

In a continuation of a perfect pairing, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) and designer John Bartlett have partnered to create John Bartlett Pet. John Bartlett Pets, is an extension of Bartlett’s sportswear and furnishing line, which will offer pet items such as accessories, beds and treats. One percent of the sales of all John Bartlett Pet products will be donated to Bartlett’s charitable organization, the Tiny Tim Pet Rescue Fund which will help provide rescue animals with medical attention, and foster parent placement.

“Designing and creating a pet line that donates back to the animal rescue and welfare community is an absolute dream of mine,” notes Bartlett. “I am passionate about the dedication to raise and distribute funds to independent rescue groups who are pulling directly from the high-risk shelters and saving lives of countless animals.”

As a cause that has always has been dear to his heart, Bartlett donates his time to the North Shore Animal League and other animal rights organizations in order to help raise awareness in spreading the message of compassion. It was through this endeavor that he met “Tiny Tim”, a 3-legged Rottweiler-Pitbull mix that inspired the logo of his eponymous line. The “Tiny Tim” logo has evolved to also represent animal welfare and rescue.

“The Bon-Ton Stores are proud to be sponsoring and supporting on the corporate level an initiative for animal welfare. Creating the John Bartlett Pets collection exclusively for The Bon-Ton Stores is a movement to increase awareness of animals in need of homes and medical assistance,” stated Bud Bergren, President and Chief Executive Officer.