Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

No Vacancy

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Read to the Dogs Program

Today Kendall and I did our first session ever at the Beaverton Library Read to the Dogs Program. We had four children signed up to read with us, but only three showed up. Kendall loves kids but doesn't get to be around them very much. She was pretty excited when we got there but calmed down once the kids started reading to her. She got to meet a lot of kids who were there just doing library stuff. The program at the library is part of the Dove Lewis/Delta Society program

Here's the info from the Beaverton Library:

Read to the Dogs

Thursday, April 14 and May 12, 2011
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturdays, March 26, April 2 & 23, May 7 & 21 and June 4, 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children's Area of Beaverton City Library Main

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to therapy dogs. The dog-and-handler teams are registered volunteers with Delta Society's Pet Partners Program, sponsored by DoveLewis. This program is for children who are reading on their own. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Space in this program is limited.
This program is made possible by the Dove Lewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program and Delta Society.
Registration is required. Please phone (503)350-3600 to register or sign up in person at the Children's Desk on the first floor of the library. Registration for the Spring 2011 session begins Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

If you have kids who are reading on their own, it's definitely worthwhile. They say they don't always fill all of the slots.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pooches on the Green pictures

The rain held off long enough for us to stop by Pooches on the Green in Beaverton yesterday. We didn't stay long, but I did get a bunch of pictures to share with you. When we got there the pipe band was already playing. It was really loud, so I can only imagine how loud it was for the dogs.

One of the first dogs we ran into when we got there was Miss Muffett, the one in the pink argyle sweater. She was with her owner, Molly. Kendall and Miss Muffett have known each other for awhile, and it always seems like we're running into them around town at dog events. Miss Muffett is also a Delta Society dog and is involved in the Beaverton Read to the Dogs program that we're volunteering with next week. We also met Beauregard (forgive me, Molly, if I got his name wrong). He's a cutie.

There were tables set up by local dog businesses and organizations. There were lots of treats to be had. We even came home with a $5 off $25 coupon from Petco. I sure can use that. I've always wondered why PetSmart doesn't carry Natural Balance dog food.

Kendall was charming the kids, as always

Meeting new friends

There was a costume contest scheduled for later in the afternoon, and this little dog was all dressed up. She even had bright red braids!

We met this interesting dog. The lady with the dog told us what kind it is, but we both forget. So much for delivering useful information. It was a cute dog, though. Anyone know what it is?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pooches on the Green

Tomorrow, Saturday, is Beaverton's Annual Pooches on the Green Event.

Here are the details:
  • When:  Saturday, March 19th, 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where:  In the park at the corner of 5th St. and Hall Blvd. (across from the library)
  • What: Pet contests, the Sir James McDonald Pipe band, booths, and more.
  • Schedule:
    • 11 am    Sir James McDonald Pipe Band
    • 11:30 am Beaverton K-9 Demonstration
    • 12:30 pm  Irish Dancing with the Dogs
    • 1:00 pm  Dog Parade and Costume Contest
    • 1:30 pm  Best Kisser and Silly Pet Tricks Contests
    • 2:30 pm  Contest winners announced
Register online here or on site from 11 am to 1 pm.

 We'll be there. Hope to see you there, too.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. "Paw"trick's Day

I think Kendall has gotten wise to my holiday hat pictures. We had quite a time getting one good picture to post on the blog.
There was some rolling around

Then, Rico, the cat, had to see what was going on

And he got really close

Then, I put on the hat

And Kendall was really interested

There was some cat toy chasing

And, finally a picture. Whew! Hope your St. Patrick's Day is a fun one.

One good thing about this day is that I get to tell my favorite, really bad joke. Here it is:

What's green and stays out all night?

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

Patio furniture!

That's pretty bad, huh?

Check back on Friday for a fun dog event happening in Beaverton this weekend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Home again, Home again, Jiggity-jig

As I mentioned in my last post, I was off to San Francisco last week for a big trade show. It's amazing how an empty hall can get transformed into a vibrant trade show over a couple of days. We started with this on Tuesday:

And ended with this by Wednesday afternoon:

While I was there, we got a visit from someone well known in the science education world.

Does he look familiar? He stops by every year to see what's new.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cavalier Day is Sunday

Cavalier Day is held the first Sunday of each month at Urban Fauna in the Parks blocks in downtown Portland. It runs from 11 am to 1 pm, and it's FREE. It's a chance to bring your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel out to play with others of the same breed. It's so much fun to watch them all interact. It's like a little cocktail party for dogs with all the mingling that goes on. There's hardly ever a bark or rough play - it's the Cavalier way.

Early in the Cavalier Play Hours

Kendall loves the slide

A lucky shot that got all four "flavors" of Cavaliers
If you've ever thought of owning a Cavalier, this is a good chance to see a lot of them in one place. There's usually a pretty good crowd there. These are pictures from the February Cavalier Day.

Unfortunately, I won't be there. I'm headed off to our biggest trade show of the year, NSTA, in San Francisco. Kendall might make it, if I can talk my husband into taking her.  I'll be back for St. Patrick's Day with lots of fun pictures and a fun dog event.