Santa Paws!

Santa Paws is here! He’s making stops all over Hampton Roads this weekend so dress up your furry friend and head out to see him.

Santa Paws will be at Johnson Fardens off of Holland Road tomorrow. You can see him from 12:30 to 4:30. Laura Solomon will be taking photographs and you can get a package starting at $25. All Proceeds go to Suffolk Humane Society.

Hope For Life Rescue has a feline special for you through the end of December. You can adopt 1 kitten for $50 or 3 for $75. Adult cats over 2 year old are $25. You do need to have an approved application. So go find a new furry friend! The shelter is located at 610 Jack Rabbit Road in Virginia Beach.

K9 Justice League will be out with the dogs this weekend. You can meet them at the Princess Anne Petco in Virginia Beach from 10 to 2 tomorrow and Sunday.

Give.Treat.Love has started the Furry Elf Project for this year. Just go to The Wedge, My Vegan Sweet Tooth, or the Zoom Room and choose a tag from the tree. Bring the tag and an item from the K-9 New Life Rescue, K9 Justice Leage, or the PAWS of Hertford County wish list and put it under the tree by December 20th.

Animal Aid Society and Santa Paws will be at the Oyster Point Care A Lot tomorrow. You can get a picture of your furry friend with Santa Paws from 11 to 5. One picture is $6 and 2 are just $10.

Adopt A Spot Dalmation Rescue has their Tree of Lights up. You can change the color of the lights with a donation to the rescue. Get more info and make a donation at http://www.adoptaspotdalrescue.com/tree.htm.

Chesapeake Humane Society is having adoption events this weekend. You can meet pets from the shelter at the Hanbury Village Petco from 11 to 3 tomorrow and Sunday.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be at the North Suffolk Petco on Sunday. You can meet some great pets from 11 to 4.

Indian Rivers Humane Society is participating in Christmas on the Town tomorrow. The town of West Point is celebrating from 1 to 5 with all kinds of fun activities. The 4 Paws thrift Store will also be open.

Great Dane Rescue of the Commonwealth is having a Meet and Greet and Bake Sale tomorrow. You can meet some of the dogs and pick up some great home-baked goodies from 10 to 1. Just head over to the Tractor Supply on Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake.

Rainbow Animal rescue and Santa Paws will be at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot tomorrow and Sunday. You can get pictures of your furry friend and Santa from 11 to 4 both days.

XOXO Pet Rescue may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson commons from 10 to 2.

PAWs of Hertford County is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some great furry friends at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2.

Don’t forget the Bertie County Humane Society fundraiser. The Spreading Hope Holiday Card Drive is going on through Christmas to raise funds for the shelter. You can get a handmade card with each donation. More info is at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-680401.

The Outer Banks SPCA has a busy day tomorrow. They’ll be at the Manteo Christmas Parade from 8:30 to 12. Then they’ll be at the Duck Yuletide festival from 3 to 5. The festival will be at the Duck Town Green at 1200 Duck Road. Stop by either event and meet some great pets!

Southeast German Shepherd Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet some great dogs at the Indian River Care A Lot from 10 to 1. They also have t-shirts, coloring books, calendars, and other goodies you can purchase to raise funds for the rescue.

Santa Paws will be at Heidi’s Fine Jewelry in Kill Devil Hills tomorrow. Get pictures of your pet with Santa, enjoy a hot Starbuck beverage, and get a treat for the dogs. You can also find some wonderful unique gifts. Pictures are just $15 and proceeds go to Currituck County Animal Services. Heidi’s is located at 2705 North Croatan Highway.

Santa Paws and Operation Save a Shelter Dog will be at the Suffolk Tractor Supply on Sunday. You can get pictures with Santa with your pets or kids from 11 to 4. Tractor Supply is located at 3000 Pruden Boulevard.

Billy the Kidden Rescue has a feline special for you. You can adopt a kitten for just $75 or 2 for $150. Go meet them at Pups N Stuff at 4330 Holland Road in Virginia Beach. And check out the adoptable pups too! You see the adoptable pets at http://www.adoptapet.com/shelter90641-cats.html before you go.

Bundle up and have fun this weekend! I’ll have easy gift ideas for you next week.

You Awake?

Have you woken up from your turkey induced coma yet? Sure hope so! We have a few events this weekend. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving Day. We did here. Now that you’ve made it through Black Friday, we can get on to things that are much more fun!

Saturday is Small Business Saturday. If you’re going to get some special gifts, check the local small businesses. You can usually find things in small shops that you can’t get anywhere else. And it helps the local economy. This coming Tuesday is Giving Tuesday. I know a lot of local rescues and shelters really need help right now. And, some of them have a matching donation so your gift is doubled. So give what you can please.

Southampton Veterinary Clinic is hosting Santa on November 30th from 6 to 8. You can take your pets to see Santa and get some photos taken. Picture packages run from $4 to $25. Call the clinic at 757-562-3606 for more info. The clinic is located at 26292 Delaware Road in Franklin.

Bay Beagle Rescue is having a Picnic with Santa on Sunday. Just head to Chesapeake City Park and get some great food, home-baked goodies, and pictures with Santa. The event runs from 11 to 3. Proceeds go to the rescue’s medical fund.

Hope for Life Rescue has a feline adoption special for you. You can adopt 1 kitten for $50 or 2 for $75. Adults over 1 year are just $25. You do need an approved application. So go find a friend! The shelter is located at 610 Jack Rabbit Road in Virginia Beach.

K-9 New Life is having Crock for a Cause this Sunday evening. Head over to Pleasure House brewing for some great home-made food, craft beer, music, and meet some furry friends. The event starts at 6 and runs until about 8. It’s just a $5 donation to the rescue medical fund. Pleasure House Brewing is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Adopt A Spot Dalmation Rescue is having their Tree of Lights fundraiser through December 22nd. You can get all the info at http://www.adoptaspotdalrescue.com/tree.htm.

Are there any sparkling gifts on your list? There is a Touchstone Crystal fundraiser for Virginia Beach SPCA going on through Sunday evening. The shelter gets 25% of each order and you get a great sparkling gift for someone special. Just enter VBSPCA as the hostess. Check it out at http://www.touchstonecrystal.com/Kristin.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have cats and kittens out meeting everyone tomorrow. You can meet them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson Commons. They’ll be there from 12 to 5. Then on Sunday, they’ll have more adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard. They’ll be there from 11 to 4.

XOXO Pet Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Newport News Petco from 10 to 2.

Bertie County Humane Society still has holiday cards for you. You can get a handmade card and help the animals at the shelter at the same time. You can get all the info at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-680401.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina has a great adoption special for you. Best Friends and Zappos has made it possible for shelters around the country to waive adoption fees. That means you can adopt a pet with no adoption fee through November 28th. So go find a furry friend! The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City.

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is having an adoption special through November 27th. All adoption fees are 50% off. So go find a friend! The shelter is located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Briarfield Road in Newport News.

Critters 4 U Rescue has an online auction going on through November 28th. Lots of goodies to bid on! Proceeds go to pay vet bills. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/Critters4URescueInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1159459020798146.

There are a couple of fundraisers for GO Rescue. They have a Scentsy party going on with specials at https://loripasternack.scentsy.us. You can check out the specials at https://www.facebook.com/groups/731930736935188/.

Glass Totems by Becky is having a fundraiser for the rescue too. They have a really cute Dog Trophy that would look good in any room in your home. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/GLASS-TOTEMS-by-becky-211545998923377/?fref=nf. It’s just $20!

Billy the Kidden Rescue has an adoption special going on through Christmas. You can adopt 1 kitten for $72 or 2 for $150. You can meet them at Pups and Stuff on Holland Road in Virginia Beach. Get more info at http://www.adoptapet.com/shelter90641-cats.html.

That’s it for this week. Get out there and have fun with your pets this weekend!

Pre-Holiday Events

I’m running late today. But, I do have all the events I could find for you. Get out there and have fun with your pets! And, be careful on the roads if you’re traveling.

The Riverfront Swim Club is hosting their 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk tomorrow. You can register at the site before the run starts. The cost is $20 for adults and $17 for kids. Proceeds benefit Suffolk Humane Society.

Heritage Humane Society is having a free rabies clinic tomorrow. It will be at the Williamsburg James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road. The clinic will be from 9 to 1 while supplies last.

Hope for Life Rescue has a feline deal for you. They have so many sweet cats and kittens so they have reduced the adoption fees. Kittens are $50 for 1 or 2 for $75. Adult cats 1 year or older are just $25. You do need to have an approved application. Go find a new furry friend! The shelter is located at 610 Jack Rabbit Road in Virginia Beach.

HFL is having their Fashion Show and Dog Carnival on Sunday at the shelter. The carnival will be from 11 to 4. Dress your pet for the fashion show or try the other activities. There will be hot dog bobbing, peanut butter and hot dog eating contest, cake walk, nail trims, bake sale, and picture booth.

If you want to see some Collies and Shelties in action, just go watch the Coliseum Central Holiday Parade. It starts at 9:30 tomorrow morning. This year’s theme is Santa’s Reindeer Helpers.

Animal Aid Society will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Oyster Point Care A Lot. They’ll be there from 11 to 2. While you’re there, check out the Angel Tree and pick up some items for a dog at the shelter.

Need some sparkly holiday gifts? Virginia Beach SPCA is having a Touchstone Crystal party through November 27th. Go to http://www.touchstonecrystal.com/Kristin and check out all the goodies. Then put VBSPCA as the hostess name and the shelter will get 25% of the sales. You can get your gifts, help the shelter, and not even leave home.

The Magic Mutt 2017 Calendar Debute was last weekend. But you can still meet some of the hot guys and pups from the calendar. There will be a calendar signing tomorrow at Wally’s All Breed Grooming from 5 to 7 tomorrow evening. Signed calendars are $30 and unsigned calendars are $20. All proceeds go to the Norfolk SPCA. Wally’s All Breed Grooming is located at 2264 Seashore Shoppes in Great Neck. By the way, the cover model is Pete Rash and he owns the grooming shop. And, yes, he’ll be there to meet you and sign your calendar.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard on Sunday. You can meet some of the adoptable pets and find a new friend. They’ll be there from 11 to 4.

New Kent Humane Society is having Gobble, Wobbles, and Naps over the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a chance for the animals at the shelter to have a home for the holidays. If you can give a temporary home to one of the shelter pets, you can get all the info at https://www.facebook.com/events/355062301513491/. All food and supplies are provided. You just provide some love and soft place to stay for a week. Pick up is the 22nd and 23rd and drop off is the week of the 29th. You can get the application at http://newkenthumane.org/.

Indian Rivers Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the Tappahannock Farmer’s Christmas Market tomorrow. You can get some great gifts, food for the feast, and meet a new friend from 9 to 1. The market will be at Old Beale Courthouse, 202 Church Lane, in Tappahannock.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

XOXO Pet Rescue may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson Commons. They should be there from 10 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford County will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow. You can meet them at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. You can see which pets may be there and fill out an adoption application at http://www.pawsofhertfordcounty.org.

Bertie County Humane Society is still having their Spreading Hope Holiday Card Drive. Just make a donation to the shelter at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-680401 and choose which card you want. This is good until Christmas. The shelter is also having an All Aboard! Online Fundraiser Monday evening from 5 to 8. They’re raising funds to get 25 cats vetted in order to go to a rescue in Maine. They have to have a Health Certificate before they can go. This costs $50 for each cat. You can donate as much as you want at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-687811. Donating to the All Aboard! Fundraiser will also count toward getting Holiday Cards.

Outer Banks SPCA is looking for holiday foster homes for the shelter pets. All food and supplies are provided. All you provide is a home for the holiday. Call the shelter at 252-475-5620 or stop by 1031 Driftwood Drive for more info.

The Pugs will strutting their stuff tomorrow night. Pugs U Gotta Save will be walking in the 32nd Annual Grand Illumination Parade in Downtown Norfolk. The parade theme this year Winter Wonderland and it starts at 7.

Southeast German Shepherd Rescue is having their Cuties for K9s calendar release event tomorrow evening from 4 to 7. You can meet some of the models and dogs from the calendar, enjoy music, food trucks, and craft brews. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. The event will be held at O’Connor Brewing Company at 11 West 24th Street in Norfolk.

Critters 4 U Rescue is having an online auction to raise funds for their vet bills. They have some great items to bid on too. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/Critters4URescueInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1159459020798146. The auction ends November 28th.

The Cat Corner is having a Thanksgiving Cat Food Drive through November 25th. The shelter kitties need canned and dry food. And they’re giving back too! For every 3 bags of dry food, they’ll give one to Peninsula Pet Pantry. For every cans donated, 2 will go to PPP. Drop off donations at the shelter, 85 Fulton Street, in Hampton from 10 to 2.

GO Rescue is having a Scentsy fundraiser through the end of November. Just go to https://loripasternack.scentsy.us and check out all the goodies. You can get info on all the special deals at https://www.facebook.com/groups/731930736935188/. You can get gifts and help the shelter without leaving home!

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend and have fun with your pets!

News

I have some mid-week events for you. And, I have some comments about news and things going on in this country. First, the events!

Hope for Life Rescue and Chick-Fil-A at Hilltop are having Spirit Night tomorrow. Just let the servers know that you are supporting HFL and part of the meal cost will be donated to the rescue. This is good from 5 to 8 tomorrow evening. The restaurant is located at 749 First Colonial Road.

Don’t forget the quilt auction to benefit Animal Aid Society. It’s a beautiful quilt and the proceeds go to help the dogs. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/1822022854675761/.

Nikko and Tally at Salty Paws Vet Clinic are still collecting non-perishable food items for the Peninsula Food Bank. They’ll be taking donations at the clinic through Friday.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society is having an online auction. It’s running through 6pm Friday. They’re raising funds to cover an expensive surgery for a dog in their care. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/1773560096254908/.

Now for a little rant. I’ve been seeing all these protests on the news lately. And I just don’t get it. We had an election and everyone had a chance to vote for the candidate they wanted. Just because you vote for the candidate you want doesn’t mean that candidate will win. It also doesn’t mean your vote doesn’t count. It counts. Your candidate just didn’t win.

Your candidate not winning is no reason for you to go out in the street protesting the election, burning stuff, vandalizing other people’s property, and acting like a complete nut. In the last 30 some decades I’ve been able to vote, there have been quite a few people elected that I didn’t like and didn’t want to win. But I’ve never gone out and protested in the street.

I heard that only 53% or so off the registered voters actually went and voted. I wonder how many of these protesters didn’t vote but are unhappy that Trump was elected. One of the best and easiest ways to get more votes for your candidate is to get up and go vote.

I also hear the protesters saying that we have a democracy and this election was not democratic. I guess these people never went to school, or maybe they slept through their high school government and social studies classes. We don’t live in a democracy. We live in a republic. Our government has always been a republic. That means that we, the people, elect representative to go to state capitols and the national capitol to run the country for us. The people we elect are suppose to vote on things with our best interests in mind.

A true democracy doesn’t need elected representatives or a President. We, the people, would have to vote on every piece of legislation in our communities, counties, cities, states, and the country. Are you up for that? We can only get slightly over half the voters out to vote in an important Presidential election. Can you imagine how many, or few, would actually get out and vote on every piece of legislation?

And for those protesting to “show that love trumps hate,” tell that to the people whose property you vandalized or burned. I’m quite sure they’ll understand and let you continue your tantrum. This is how I see the protesters. They’re a bunch of spoiled young people who have been taught that if they don’t like something, they can go protest and throw a tantrum to get their way.

My advice: Grow Up! A President is elected for 4 years. In 4 years we go back and either vote for a new President or let the old one go on for another 4 years. After 8 years total, they have to give up being President. Your job is to put on your big person panties, go vote, and do the best you can for the next 4 years until you vote for a new person to be in office. Throwing a tantrum in an adult world is not the way to get what you want so stop it. Become an informed citizen and make sure your neighbors and friends are educated. Then get everyone together and go vote. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

Okay, rant is over. Hope you get to have fun this week. I’ll be back on Friday with the weekend events.

Crazy Weeks

The past 2 weeks have been crazy. Last week was paying bills, getting groceries and other items, and starting a crochet blanket for a raffle. This week has had a bit more grocery shopping, working on the blanket, and finding that I needed 3 more skeins of yarn to finish it. Got all that done and I’m half way through with putting the squares together. One whole blanket done in 2 weeks! No wonder I’m tired.

This weekend is going to be crazy too. I’m finishing the blanket, making bricks for an order, going to the Bodacious Bazaar, and starting the raffle. That’s why I’m posting the weekend events today instead of tomorrow. Have to get it done while I still have a brain in my head.

Toano Animal Clinic is hosting Painting for the Hounds (and Kitties) on Saturday from 4 to 6. All proceeds benefit Heritage Humane Society. Tickets are $45 each and include all supplies, food, and wine. There are also door prizes and a raffle. You can get your tickets at https://www.paintnite.com/events/1114705.html. The clinic is located at 8105 Richmond Road in Toano.

I know you like chocolate. Who doesn’t? Now you have a chance to get chocolate and help HHS too. MAD About Chocolate is raising funds for the shelter. Go get a yummy treat or lunch from 10 to 6 on Tuesday, November 15, and HHs will get 15% of all sales. MAD About Chocolate is located at 204 Armistead Avenue in Williamsburg.

If you want to paint your pet, Gloucester Arts on Main is giving you that chance. They’re having Paint Your Pet night on November 18th. You do have to sign up and send them a photo of your pet a week before the class. Register and submit your photo at reservations@gloucesterarts.org. The cost is $45 and includes all supplies, light food, and drinks. Proceeds go to Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.

K-9 New Life may be having Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. It’s just $5 and the money goes to the rescue medical fund. They have a lot of great home-made food and there will be music, craft beer, and a few adoptable dogs to meet. This event is held at Pleasure House Brewing, 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Food starts at 6 and goes until it’s all gone!

You still have a couple of days to get your Scentsy order in for Animal Aid Society. Their sale ends on November 14th. This is a good time to get some of your holiday shopping done! Check out all the goodies and put in your order at https://regalbeautifulscents.scentsy.us/?partyId=317578507.

If you haven’t put in your bid for the Animal Aid Society auction yet, get it in soon. They have a beautiful dog themed quilt made and donated by Carol Darby of Just Keep on Quilting. The auction ends on November 22nd. You can see the quilt and put in your bid at https://www.facebook.com/events/1822022854675761/.

Nikko and Tally at Salty Paws Vet Clinic are still collecting food donations for the Peninsula Food Bank. They need canned meat, canned veggies, canned fruit or fruit cups, hearty meaty soups, whole wheat crackers, peanut butter and jelly, 100% fruit juice, pasta, pasta meals and sauces, 1 or 2 pound bags of rice, cereal, breakfast bars, and oatmeal. Drop off donations at the clinic, 329 Hampton Highway in Yorktown.

If you’re planning to get holiday photos of your pet or kids, get your appointment set now. PhotosByFeist is taking appointments and they start on Saturday. Sessions are at Two Brothers Dog Wash and benefit the Chesapeake Humane Society. Make your appointment at https://photosbyfeist.fullslate.com/locations/62.

The Norfolk SPCA Magic Mutt Calendar and Debut Party will be on Saturday at the Granby Theater in Norfolk. Tickets are $100 each and include food, drink, and valet parking. You can get more info at http://norfolkspca.com.

Isle of Wight County Humane society is having an online auction to raise funds for a medical procedure for an animal in their care. They have some great items up for auction. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/1773560096254908/. Get your bids in now because the auction ends on November 18th.

IOWCHS will also have adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard. They’ll be there from 12 to 4.

Tony and George’s Restaurant in west Point is having a Shop Til You Drop Event on Saturday to raise funds for Indian Rivers Humane Society. Vendors include LuLaRoe, 31 Bags, Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Initial Outfitters and Leisure Arts. They will also have lunch specials. The event runs from 11 to 2 at the restaurant, 2880 King William Avenue. IRHS will also have adoptable pets out to meet you.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs on Saturday. You can meet them at the Plaza Trail PetsMart from 11 to 2.

XOXO Pet Rescue may be out with the dogs on Saturday. Look for them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson Commons. They’re usually there from 10 to 2.

Bertie County Humane Society is having a Christmas card sale to raise funds for the shelter pets. Each card features one of the former shelter pets. You can see them all at https://www.facebook.com/Bertie-County-Humane-Society-93008103060/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154049549268061. Each card is a donation of $5 or $20 for 5 cards. You can order at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-680401. This is a little tiny rural shelter and they can really use the help. And, I’m sure your pet loving friends will love the cards and the fact that each card helped a shelter pet. You can get more info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bertie-County-Humane-Society/93008103060.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina will be at the Bark for Life this Saturday. The event will be at Meyler Farms on Woodville Road from 9 to 12. You can get more info at http://www.facebook.com/SPCAofNortheasternNC.

Do you use Fresh Step Cat Litter? Each package of litter has Fresh Step Paw Points and you can donate points to local shelters. The Cat Corner could use those points to help the cats in their care. Get your account set up at https://www.freshstep.com/user/register/ and select Cat corner as your preferred shelter. Then enter the code on each package to redeem your points. The shelter’s goal is 500 points to start with. Never thought your cat litter could help homeless cats, did you?

There is a Scentsy fundraiser for Go Rescue that lasts all month. You can get some of your holiday shopping done and not have to fight crowds or even leave home. Just go to https://loripasternack.scentsy.us to order. You can get the latest specials and news at https://www.facebook.com/groups/731930736935188/.

4 Paws is having a Meet and Greet on Saturday. You can meet the adoptable pets at the Oyster Point Care A Lot in Newport News from 9 to 12. You can get all the info on adopting at http://www.4pawz.org.

That’s all I have for this week. Hopefully next week will be less crazy and I can get you some pet treat recipes and other ideas. If you get a chance, check out the Bodacious Bazaar. There are a lot of non-profit organizations, local vendors, and local crafters and artists all gathered in one place. It’s a lot of fun and you can get some shopping done. Get out there and have some fun with your pets!

Enjoy the Day!

Did you know that tomorrow is the last long day of 2016? We won’t have nice long days again until late next spring. So, get out there and enjoy the sunshine and decent weather while you can.

Suffolk Humane Society has a couple of events coming up. On November 19th, Riverfront swim club is hosting their annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk. You can sign up early and save a few dollars on the entry fee. Go to http://www.riverfrontswimclub.com for more info.

SHS is collecting pet food and other pet items for their upcoming Pet Pantry. You can drop off items at their office at 4300 Nansemond Parkway in Driver. The Pet Pantry will be held on November 19th. I’ll have more info about it later.

Toano Animal Clinic is hosting Painting for the Hounds (and Kitties) on November 12th. Proceeds benefit Heritage Humane Society. Tickets are $45 each and include food, wine, a door prize and a raffle. You can get more info on the HHS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HHSwilliamsburg.

Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society has a drawing for you. Anyone who adopts a pet from the shelter in November is entered to win a dog bed from Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, LLC or a really nice cat tree that was donated. So go find a new friend! The shelter is located at 6620 Jackson Lane.

GMHS is also having a painting event hosted by Gloucester Arts on Main on November 18th. You have to register and send in a photo of your pet to reservations@gloucesterarts.org. Tickets are $45 each and include all supplies, light food, and drinks. Yes, you will be painting a picture of your pet!

K9 Justice League will be out with the dogs this weekend. You can meet them at the Princess Anne Petco in Virginia Beach from 10 to 2 tomorrow and Sunday.

K-9 New Life may be having their Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. Stop by Pleasure House Brewing and get some great food, enjoy craft beer, and meet a new friend. It’s just $5 and the money goes to the rescue medical fund. Food starts at 6 and goes until it’s gone. Pleasure House Brewing is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Animal Aid Society will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Oyster Point Care A Lot in Newport News. They’ll be there from 11 to 2. The store personnel were putting up the Christmas tree last week to get ready for the holiday sponsor event for AAS. So check it out if they have things ready. AAS will also be open late on Sunday. They stay open until 3 on the 1st Sunday of each month. It’s not always easy to get there by 12 so this gives you more time to find a new friend. The shelter is located at 80 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

AAS is also having a Scentsy fundraiser through the 14th. You can check out all the goodies and put in your order at https://regalbeautifulscents.scentsy.us/?partyId=317578507. The shelter goal is to raise $500 for the animals.

Nikko and Tally at Salty Paws Vet Clinic are having their annual Food Drive for the Peninsula Food Bank. You can drop of non-perishable food items at the clinic through November 18th. The most nutritious food items needed are canned meats, canned veggies, pasta meals and sauces, canned fruit or fruit cups, hearty meaty soups, peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, fruit juice, jelly, whole wheat pasta, and 2 pound packages of rice. These donations really help people make ends meet. Sometimes it’s the only food they can get to make it through a month so every donation is greatly appreciated.

Chesapeake Humane Society is having adoption events this weekend. You can meet pets from the shelter at the Hanbury Village Petco tomorrow and Sunday. They’ll be there from 11 to 3 both days.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society is busy! They’re having an adoption event and fundraiser tomorrow at the Horse and Hound Annual Tack Yard Sale. They’ll have adoptable pets out meeting everyone from 9 to 5. And, you can get a 2017 calendar, a t-shirt, some home-made chili, and fresh baked goods. Horse and Hound is located at 15111 Carrollton Boulevard.

On Sunday IWCHS will have adoptable pets out meeting every at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard. You can meet them from 11 to 4.

In addition to these events, IWCHS is having an online auction to raise funds for Prince’s ear surgery. Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital is doing the major ear surgery and taking care of Prince. The auction goes through November 18th. Check out all the goodies and put in your bids at https://www.facebook.com/events/1773560096254908/.

XOXO Pet Rescue is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet all the adoptable pets at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson Commons. They’ll be there from 10 to 2. The rescue is also taking donations for HotelKids.org. This organization makes sure that kids and their families have a hotel room to stay in, food to eat, and clothes to wear. They’re accepting donations of non-perishable food, diapers, children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, coats, can openers, electric skillets, and detergent. You may not know it but a lot of people in the Hampton Roads area live in hotels. Whole families live in a single room because housing around here is so expensive and wages are low. So please bring some gently used items to donate. Donations can be made tomorrow morning at the adoption event.

PAWS of Hertford County is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some of the adoptable pets at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. This is a small rescue and they travel from North Carolina to find homes for these sweet animals. So, let’s show them some support.

Bertie County Humane Society is having a Holiday Card Drive featuring some of the shelter pets. You can see the cards available at https://www.facebook.com/Bertie-County-Humane-Society-93008103060/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154049549268061. You can purchase cards at https://www.youcaring.com/bertiecountyhumanesocietync-680401. This is a great idea! You get cards to send for the holidays and the shelter gets needed funds for the animals!

Outer Banks SPCA is continuing the Halloween celebrations. You can adopt a pet from the shelter this week for just $13. This includes dogs 20 pounds and over, puppies 6 months and older, cats, kittens, and pairs of kittens. So go find a new friend! The shelter is located at 1031 Driftwood Drive in Manteo.

Hunt Club Farm is hosting a Casino Night to raise funds for Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge tomorrow night from 7 to 11. Tickets are $25 and include $50 in casino chips, 1 drink, and 1 food ticket. There will also be more food and drinks, a wine/beer bar, over 70 raffle items, and over 60 silent auction items. So go have fun while helping the wildlife refuge! Hunt Club Farm is located at 2388 London Bridge Road in Virginia Beach.

Well, that’s it for this weekend. Get out there and have fun on the last long day of 2016!

Happy Howloween!

Trick or treaters will be at your house sooner than you think. My furry trick or treaters are always here and begging for treats. I’ll try to post a couple easy recipes for your furry friends next week. But for now, we have a lot of great events.

Heritage Humane Society is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some of the shelter pets at Life is Good Williamsburg from 2 to 5. In addition to meeting new furry friends, every purchase will earn 10% for HHS. Life is Good Williamsburg is located at 5102 Main Street in the New Town section of Williamsburg.

Hope you got your registration in for Pets on Parade. If you haven’t yet, you can still register at the event for $8 per contestant. Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society will be participating too. There will be a parade down Main Street, face painting, pet hair coloring by Top Dog Grooming, and all kinds of goodies from the Gloucester businesses. Each contest also has a prize The Nines Pet Boutique and Split Enz Salon. The event will be at The Lawn at the Tabb House, 6596 Main Street, from 2 to 5.

Hope for Life Rescue is hosting a Fall Fashion Show and Dog Carnival tomorrow at the shelter. There will be a doggie fashion show, a bake sale, hot dog bobbing, an ice cream eating contest, cake walk, ducky pull, and a photo booth. The event is open to all dogs on a leash and runs from 11 to 3. HFL is located at 610 Jack Rabbit Road in Virginia Beach.

Animal Aid Society will be at the Oyster Point Care A Lot tomorrow doing Halloween Pet Photos from 11 to 5. No costume is require but they have several your pet can use if they’re willing to be dressed up. So go get your photo and meet some great shelter dogs!

PhotosByFeist is getting ready to do holiday pet photos and their schedule is filling up fast. The sessions will be at Two Brothers Dog Wash and will benefit Chesapeake Humane Society. Sessions start on November 12th. Go to https://photosbyfeist.fullslate.com/locations/62 to book your pet’s Christmas/Winter photo session.

Virginia Beach SPCA is having their annual Mutt Masquerade and 5K and 1 Mile Walk on Sunday. The 5K starts at 10. The costume contest starts at 11. And, the 1 mile Walk for the Animals will start at 11:30. From 10 to 1 there will be games for kids, vendors, adoptable pets, and local organizations. The event will be at Neptune Park, 31st and Laskin, in Virginia Beach.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have some adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco from 11 to 4.

Isle of Wight Animal Shelter has a special for you. They’re raising awareness of the different kinds of cancer that affect people and pets. Adoption fees for barn cats are just $25, one adult cat or kitten is $50, and 2 kittens under 1 year old are just $75 for the pair. And if you wear or bring in something that shows support for those fighting cancer, you get another 10% off the adoption fee. So go find a new feline friend!

New Kent Humane Society has a feline special for you too. Their Spook-tacular Cat-tober adoption fees are just $20 and includes food, litter, treats, toys, and a cardboard carrier for you new friend to travel home in. If you’re looking for a barn cat, you can adopt one for free. The shelter is located at 6301 Olivet Church Road and is open from 10 to 4.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot tomorrow. They’ll be taking Halloween Pet Photos from 11 to 4. So go get a photo taken or maybe meet a new furry friend.

XOXO Pet Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson Commons. They’ll be there from 10 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford County is having a Scentsy fundraiser through November 2nd. Just in time for you to do some holiday shopping! Check out all the goodies and put in your order at https://LaurenCastelloe.Scentsy.us/?partyId=317292953. The rescue gets 20% of each order.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina has reduced adoption fees in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. The fees are just $45 to adopt a dog or puppy. So go find a new friend! The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City. The shelter will also be participating in the Fall Festival tomorrow. It will be held at Grandy Primary School in Camden from 11 to 3.

Diamonds in the Rough Equine Rescue is hosting their Haunted Barn and Hay Ride tonight and tomorrow night. You can get tickets at the door or at http://adoptditr.org/annual-haunted-barn-and-hay-ride/. Online ticket get in first and you can get them until 5 P.M. the day you go.

Southeast German Shepherd Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet some of their great dogs at the Indian River Care A Lot from 10 to 1.

Currituck Animal shelter is having Barktoberfest tomorrow at the shelter. There will be adoptable pets, costume contest, photographer, groomer, and bully breed education. Join the fun from 12 to 4. The shelter is located at 140 Aviation Parkway in Barco, North Carolina.

Critters 4 U Rescue will be at The Mercury Maze tomorrow with adoptable pets from 9 to 2. There will be booths for direct sales vendors, crafters, treats for the kids, Mr. Scarecrow, yummy food vendors, and The Marching Elites. So stop by and check it out! The Mercury Maze is located at 227 East Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. You can get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/634568643371941/. Don’t forget to bring your unwanted shoes for the fundraiser!

Operation Save a Shelter Dog is having a Younique fundraiser through November 6th. You can get your makeup and skin care items and the rescue gets 20% of each purchase. Check it out at https://www.youniqueproducts.com/SierraWoods/party/5198847/view. You can also get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1084245811623149/.

Billy the Kidden Rescue is having a Scentsy fundraiser. You can check it out at https://loripasternack.scentsy.us/. The rescue gets 25% or each purchase.

Well, that’s it for this week. Remember to keep your pets inside where it’s safe on Halloween. And hide the candy! If you put it where the kids and furkids can’t reach it, that means you get more of it!

Haunting Events

We have some great events this weekend. Get out there and have fun with your pets!

Williamsburg Parks and Recreation is hosting a Canine Carnival tomorrow at Waller Mill Park. Heritage Humane Society will be there with adoptable dogs. There will be pet vendors, search and rescue demonstrations, wiener dog races, veterinarians, costume contests, food, and raffles. Join the fun from 1 to 4. Waller Mill Park is located at 901 Airport Road.

K-9 New Life may be having their Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. Stop by Pleasure House Brewing at 5 and check it out. They usually have a ton of food and you can enjoy some great craft beer too. It’s just a $5 donation to the rescue’s medical fund. Pleasure House Brewing is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

The 5th Annual Riders Rumble for Rescue is happening tomorrow. It starts at the Eagle’s Nest, 1723 Parkview Drive, in Chesapeake. Registration starts at 11 and motors start at noon. It’s not just for motorcycles either! It’s free to join too. You can get all the info at https://www.facebook.com/events/615286055321003/.

Animal Aid Society is ready to help your pet get scary for Halloween. They are taking Halloween Pet Photos tomorrow at the Oyster Point Care A Lot. You don’t even need a costume. They have plenty to choose from for the picture. So stop by and get scary from 11 to 5.

O’Connor Brewing Company is hosting Dogtoberfest on Sunday afternoon. It’s just $25 and includes a custom beer glass and tickets. There will be food from Sofrito, Lucky Peach, and Rustic Roots Gourmet, live music, and canine contests. All this fun is to benefit Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center. The event runs from 1 to 5. You can get all the info at http://www.friendsofnacc.com/support_dogtoberfest.php.

Chesapeake Animal Services has a special deal for you in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older are half off tomorrow and Sunday. So go find a new friend! They have some wonderful potential besties!

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be at Pet Paradise this weekend. They’ll have adoptable pets, calendars, t-shirts, and fresh baked goodies. So stop by and check it out. Pet Paradise is located at 13478 Carrollton Boulevard in Carrollton.

Rainbow Animal Rescue is ready to help your pet be scary. They’ll be at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot tomorrow taking Halloween pet photos. You can get photos done from 11 to 4. They’ll have adoptable dogs out meeting everyone too.

XOXO Pet Rescue may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Newport News Petco in Jefferson commons. They’re usually there from 10 to 2.

Diamonds in the Rough Equine Rescue is hosting their annual Haunted Barn and Hay Ride tonight and tomorrow night. You can get tickets and all the info at http://adoptditr.org/annual-haunted-barn-and-hay-ride. You can also get tickets at the gate but you may have to wait a while.

Femmes and Fidos is hosting their Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest and Pawty tomorrow at the shop. The pawty runs from 1 to 3. There will be animal communicator sessions, pet trick contest, costume contest, doggie goodie bags, treats for people, and a Brickhouse Pizza fundraiser for Critters 4 U Rescue. You can get info and register at http://www.femmesandfidos.com/Special-Events.html. Femmes and Fidos is located at 149 Herman Melville Avenue in Newport News.

GO Rescue may have treats for purchase this weekend. They were planning to be at Haunted Hunt Club each night with treats for a fundraiser. Go check it out!

4 Paws Animal Rescue will have a booth at the Classic Car Show tomorrow in Newport News Park. You can check out the rescue and the animals they care for, visit all the vendors, and check out all the classic cars and bikes. The car show will be from 8 to 4.

That’s it for this weekend. Don’t forget the Pet Blessing tomorrow at Christ the King Episcopal Church. The service starts at 10:30. The church is located at 4109 Big Bethel Road in Tabb. Have fun!

Pet Blessings

I usually do a post about pet blessings the first part of October. A lot of churches have blessings throughout the month. My church hasn’t had one for several years and I really miss it. Luckily, we’re having one this Saturday at 10:30.

But maybe you have a crazy dog like Mac. I can’t take Mac to a pet blessing. He loves new places. But, he hates new people and dogs. He has gotten a bit crotchety as he has aged. He’s 14 years old now! My little sweetie! We have been through a lot together and he’s loved so much.

I first did a search for pet blessings when Mac came to live here. Trust me, Jesus, Saint Francis, and Saint Jude all know Mac by name. I found there were a lot of blessings on the internet. Some of them were way too complicated for me to do. There was no way Mac was going to stand still long enough to be blessed.

I did find a few easy blessing that any pet guardian can do at home. The easiest one is “Bless, Oh Lord, Macabee and fill the heart of his guardian with thanksgiving for his being. Amen.” Just fill in your pet’s name instead of Mac’s. He actually stands still long enough for this one.

A slightly longer blessing is one by Reverend Phyllis Ann Min. “Macabee, we love you, we bless you, we appreciate you, and we behold the loving Spirit within you. May you be blessed with a long life, good health and a happy home. We acknowledge your presence as a blessing in our lives. Thank you, God, for Your sweet blessing for Macabee.” This one is a little too long for Mac. But, I have used it while he’s lying down or even asleep. Sometimes that’s the best time to do a pet blessing with a crazy dog!

In my search for pet blessings, I found one for animals that have died on the side of the road. I always feel so bad that our technology and speed have killed these creatures. They’re trying to adapt to our infringing on their home. Sun Bear Squad has a really nice blessing for this. You can find it at http://www.sunbearsquad.org/give-blessings-to-roadkilled.shtml.

You can also find a longer service type blessing at http://www.petseverlasting.com/Virtual_Blessings.pdf. It’s really nice for a group of pets and their guardians.

I hope you can bless your pet. You’re already a blessing to them because they live with you and you feed and care for them. And, I know they’re a blessing to you with their unconditional love and acceptance. I think the main purpose of a pet blessing is to thank God for your pet being in your life. That’s the most important thing anyway.

If you’re near Tabb this Saturday, stop by with your pets. The church is located at 4109 Big Bethel Road.

Tuesday!

Yes, it’s Tuesday and I’m actually getting a blog post out. I actually have the energy to be productive today. I haven’t written about Pet Blessings this year so I’ll do one on Thursday. I do have a few things for you today though.

The Egg Bistro is hosting Eggs Benefit for Suffolk Humane Society. Just go get a great meal on Thursday evening, the 20th, from 5 to 10. A portion of sales will go to SHS. They’re also having a raffle with 3 great prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and all the raffle money goes to SHS. Did you know that SHS and Chesapeake Humane society don’t get any government subsidies? They are dependent on private donations and fundraisers like this. So go show your support and enjoy a meal! The Egg Bistro is located at 5860 Harbour View Boulevard in Suffolk.

Split Enz Salon and The Nines Pet Boutique are hosting Pets on Parade on the 29th. Get your registration at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society and be entered to win a great door prize. Then you can get your craft skills going and make your pet the best costume ever. The shelter is located at 6620 Jackson Lane in Gloucester. You can get more info at http://www.theninespetboutique.com.

If you want to speak out for pit bull dogs, and shelter pets in general, and want to make some noise you should check out the 5th Annual Riders Rumble for Rescue. The Eagle’s Nest is hosting the event this Saturday. You can get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/615286055321003/.

Hall Nissan of Chesapeake is having a donation drive for the Portsmouth Humane Society. They’re collection monetary donations and needed supplies through the end of October. So pick up some of the items on the wish list while you’re out shopping. Then drop them off at Hall Nissan at 3417 Western Branch Boulevard. You can get the list at http://www.portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

Bertie County Humane Society is having a BBQ fundraiser this Friday. They have a lot of tickets and they’re just $9 each. You can get one at Laces N Cakes or call 252-325-3647. The event is hosted by Nixon Catering and food can be picked up in the parking lot of Food Lion in Windsor, North Carolina, from 11 to 2. You can also get delivery to Edenton, Williamston, and Ahoskie. Proceeds go to pay for medical care, food, and needed items for the shelter animals.

If you’re looking for a Blessing of the Animals, you’re in luck. Christ the King Episcopal Church in Tabb is having a blessing on Saturday, the 22nd, at 10:30. It should be great as we haven’t had a pet blessing in several years. The church is located at 4109 Big Bethel Road near Victory Boulevard. I might even make some pet treats for all the furry friends who attend. All animals are welcome with their people!

That’s it for today. I’ll have some simple pet blessings for you on Thursday.