As those of us in the Northeast suffer through a frigid cold snap, I thought it might be fun to be reminded of what there is to look forward to in the Summer! Some of our dedicated puppy raisers threw a birthday party this past August for their assistance dog in training Crew, and used the opportunity to fundraise for NEADS! Please enjoy the pictures below, and a full account of the party by Crew’s puppy raiser Amanda Shannon:
A Special Boy turns One! A Pawty for Crew!
August 11th, 2012 was a day of celebration. Exactly a year prior, handsome Crew was born into this world to a pair of equally stunning parents. About 8 weeks later he found his way to NEADS to be trained by an inmate at the ACI in Cranston, RI to hopefully some day become a Service Dog. We had the pleasure of being his weekend puppy raisers and since we have such wonderful family and friends that love Crew too, we decided to celebrate his special day by having a bash! Since Crew has everything he could want here at our home we decided that the party should not only celebrate Crew’s birth but also be a mini-fundraiser to buy items for the pups at our local prison, JJ Moran.
About 30 friends of NEADS came to celebrate Crew and support NEADS. They braved the threat of a downpour (we had a tornado alert the night before) and made their way to our home where we had promised a fun time! A beautiful welcome sign adorned the front door (made by my talented friend, Cristina) so people new that they were in the right place for the fun! Dog quotes filled our walls (by our friends Natalie & Dave), a poster of Crew’s first year hung for everyone to see his amazing growth in such a short time, a slideshow of more photos was on the computer. We had our donation bin available for people when they arrived and anyone who donated received a raffle ticket for each dollar they donated (there was a basket of goodies for the person that won) and two guessing games – how many dog treats are in the jar/how many human treats are in the jar (so many good guesses!!)
Outside was a Scooby Doo Piñata filled with snacks donated by Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery based out of Cranston RI, where the pups could “tug” on the string and whoever tugged the “right” string would open the bottom to let the goodies out. We had bobbing for Planet Dog Orbees, a wading pool, games for the humans and a few other games for both human and canines together. We also had a “paint a paw” area where all of the dogs that attended could paint by using their paws. We think it came out cute, what do you think?
Of course no pawty is complete without a birthday cake and we didn’t disappoint! Thanks again to Jack’s Snacks, we had a beautiful cake especially for the dogs and then not to leave the humans out, paw cupcakes for them. For the doggie bags to take home we included a Natural Balance log, which was a generous donation from Natural Balance, as well as a few other fun things for humans and canines alike, and for the pups that attended they received a personalized peanut butter bone shaped treat from Jack’s Snacks. Cute!
Altogether we raised $291 which includes donations from friends that weren’t able to make it to celebrate his day. These funds were spent on yard toys, individual toys and treats for the inmates to use to train the pups in their care. It was tons of fun!