Third Gotcha Day News and Giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone! First, I want to thank everyone for their paw prayers for Mom’s back. She’s feeling much better now, but still has to watch her computer time.There’s something about her chair or the table height that makes her sit funny and makes her back hurt. She’s working on a more ergonomic setup, but in the meantime, I’ll be using her tablet more for twitter. I type very slowly on the tablet, so you’ll have to bear with me.

Now to the good stuff! As you know, this past Wednesday was my third Gotcha Day. Since that was a workday and last Sunday the weather was so purrfect, we went to Eldorado Canyon State Park. There’s a wheelchair path there that Mom thought would be good for the stroller. It has a great view of the canyon. Aside from pawsome scenery, we saw lots of people rock-climbing. That looked kind of fun, so when we went to the picnic area for brunch I decided to do some rock-climbing, too.

We were down by the creek edge and there were tons of nice crunchy leaves to play with. I didn’t realize the I was so close to the water because of all the leaves. I was just playing with them and having so much fun I stepped right in the water and got my paws wet! I backed out really quick and was trying to shake the water off my paws. Mom just stood there laughing and laughing at me! *shakes head* So here are the pictures from my trip.

Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for – the Tillman Skateboard Deck Giveaway! I won this cool skateboard deck from the pawsome people at Natural Balance at the last Blogpaws. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions. There are steps to get more than one entry. You don’t have to do all the steps, but you do have to do the steps you say you’re doing. No cheating! If you don’t know how to post links to Twitter or Facebook posts, tag me in the post (@pumpkinpuddy on Twitter, Pumpkinpuddy Katz on Facebook) so I know you posted. I’ll take entries until 11/7 and announce the winner on 11/11. I know I originally said I’d announce the winner on the 9th, but that’s a Friday so I’m gonna wait until my usual blogging day, Sunday. Also, that’s the day before EK & Candy’s Gotcha day and the purrfect day for another Gotcha Day blog.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s it for today everyone. Have a great week! *hugs*

DDFL’s CatFest Follow-up

Pals, I just got the following press release from the Denver Dumb Friends League. It’s pawsome news!

Dumb Friends League CatFest results in nearly 100 cat adoptions

 DENVER (July 16, 2012) We may be in the dog days of summer, but cats ruled this past Saturday, July 14, at the fourth annual CatFest. The Dumb Friends League placed 124 pets—98 of those being cats and kittens—on that single day.

 In addition to all those animals finding new homes, Animal Planet’s celebrity cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, spent the afternoon answering cat-related questions, signing autographs and taking pictures with cat enthusiasts. More than 2,000 people experienced a purebred cat exhibition, a Meow Market with vendors selling cat-related merchandise, clicker-training demonstrations and numerous free activities for children.

“We’re thrilled that thousands of cat lovers joined us for CatFest and that so many took advantage of our heavily reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens,” said Bob Rohde, Dumb Friends League president and CEO. “Cats make wonderful pets—they not only bring joy and companionship to your life; but they are affectionate, intelligent and very receptive to training.”

To help even more felines find homes, the Dumb Friends League will continue to offer $10 adoption fees for all cats over 7 months old through July 31. The special takes place at all Dumb Friends League adoption locations. Every cat adoption fee includes a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.

CatFest was sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet®. For more information on the Dumb Friends League and its $10 cat adoption special, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League

Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain Region helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond. In 2012, the Dumb Friends League expanded the scope of its services to include providing shelter, care and hope for abused and neglected equines in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League has shelters at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, as well as the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center near Franktown. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

98 cats and kittens getting new furever homes in just one day! That’s what I call a successful CatFest. I can’t wait for next year’s. Maybe the weather will be cooler and I’ll get to go in the fur! Concatulations to the Denver Dumb Friends League for a pawsome job.

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue Yappy Hour

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Got a special Saturday post for you guys. Mom’s friend, Heather, works with Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. They have a special event coming up, so I decided I’d interview Heather for my blog and tell you about the event.

Me: Tell me about the event you have coming up.

Heather: We’re hosting a Yappy Hour at Vincenza’s Italian Bakery & Deli on July 12 from 6 – 9 PM. Yappy Hour is a happy hour where our Cocker Spaniels bring their people to socialize. A complimentary beer or wine and appetizers will be served. Since we will be outside on their patio, all furry friends are welcome. Here’s the invite: Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue’s First Yappy Hour

Me: What’s the mission of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue?

Heather: Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue is a non-profit group dedicated to saving Cocker Spaniels from being euthanized and to promote the breed. Yappy Hour is one way we can get donations from people while, at the same time, having a fun social event.

Me: How did you get involved with Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue?

Heather: My husband, Tim, and I had a cocker spaniel early in our relationship. Lady was Tim’s dog when I joined their house. She was in our lives for a number of years before having to be put down due to cancer. While we were in Georgia, I happened to drop by the local county shelter (we had been kicking around getting a friend for our lab/rotty). I met Fozzy Bear and immediately fell in love. We adopted Fozzy and brought him back to Denver with us. That following summer, we were at the dog event at the Botanic Gardens and came upon a booth for the Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. After talking to them for a while, we decided to volunteer to be fosters. Shortly after we got our first foster dog (Charlie Brown), our Fozzy died suddenly from liver failure. We ended up adopting Charlie and later, Beauregard – the RMCR’s mascot dog. In the past two years, we have had over 25 dogs in our house and have helped find them all forever homes.

Me: You found homes for over 25 dogs in two years? How pawsome! Thanks for stopping by to tell us about Yappy Hour. I hope you get a full house!

So pals, if you’re in the Denver Metro area, please join Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue for Yappy Hour on July 12th at 6PM. And whether or not you’re in Denver, please help me spread the word. It’s a fun event for a great cause!

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue