Nine volunteers and their dogs met on Sunday, April 6th at Tom Flynn’s Dog Park. The dogs enjoyed a wonderful time together in the Park, and the humans enjoyed lunch in the chapel. Thanks to Tom Flynn (and to Matt) for both. We talked briefly about upcoming activities/events. Please note them on your calendar and plan to participate. They are:
May 4, Sunday, Blessing of the Animals & Pet Fair, Alameda Park, Butler, 1:30 to 4:30 pm,
June 30, Monday, Bye Bye Birdies golf event at Lindenwood Golf Course with lunch at St Benedicts Church in Peters Township,
July 25 to 27, Friday through Sunday, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres,
September 1, Monday, the Buhl Days Parade in Hermitage, and
September 27, Saturday, 2014 Animal Fair at Peters Township Public Library.
Also, we are planning the following activities/events, but don’t have dates for them at this time:
Second Annual Comedy for Canines featuring Denise’s son, Derek, and other local comics,
Dine & Donate at Chili’s in Butler (and maybe another location or two),
Gold Sale (bring your unwanted gold jewelry and get cash) – June or July.
Whole Foods Day, and
Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble in Cranberry Township and in Fox Chapel – November & December.
Lori has agreed to host a Point of Entry Event (called a “POE”) at her home in Vermillion, Ohio. It will be August 30th or 31st (Saturday or Sunday). The purpose of the POE is to introduce Canine Companions for Independence to people who are not acquainted with our organization and to thank local donors who have not met graduates, puppy-raisers, and/or employees.
We are looking for someone to coordinate a DogFest in the area. The National office has prepared a “how to” book for this event and provides great support. Please contact Lori and/or me for more information.