Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2012 Calendars

Our HSNEI annual dog walk fundraiser was the biggest one yet, and we raised 3 times as much money as usual. Our next big fundraiser is selling our 2012 calendars. We had a photo contest in June, open to the public, for our 2012 calendars. Chip Peterson of Peterson Photography in Decorah was the judge and picked the 12 winners. I've attached the winning photo taken by R. Sutton, which also appears on the cover of the calendar. The calendars sell for only $15, and 100% of that goes to our new shelter fund!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Annual HSNEI Dog Walk fundraiser

The annual HSNEI dog walk fundraiser is this Saturday the 24th. The walk begins at the fairgrounds with activities starting at 9am. There will be vendors and games to play for kids and dogs, and the Good Dog Center will have some small agility equipment there for demonstrations and the public to use. We are hoping that this event will be our biggest and best yet! Included will be an adoption fair, which is where you'll find me. I'll have Betcee our foster coonhound there (see picture), and Raina the puppy shown on a post a few days ago will be getting adopted!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New CDX leg!

Noel earned her 1st CDX leg at the Rochester obedience trials today, with a 1st placement. I am excited about the leg, but most happy about Noel having a great time in the ring. My nerves were far worse than hers and she managed to cover for me, her butt never stopped wiggling. Most of our point decuctions were for fronts and finishes - we need to continue working on cleaning those up. Mason City in October will be the next trial for us, both days this time. Hopefully we can pick up at least 1 more leg there. The owner of her sire saw her today and said she'd like to show her in breed, so Noel will be back to the conformation ring at Mason City too!

Friday, September 16, 2011

New Foster Puppies

We've unexpectedly added 4 foster puppies to our home this week. The first is Scarlett, a red border collie who was found left next to a local impound. Next came Jagger and Jenna, two black lab mix puppies who were dumped next to a cornfield (we are pretty sure Jenna is blind - we will find out more after vet check today), and last but not least is Raina, a min pin who was found on a county road in the middle of nowhere. All 4 puppies are enjoying having playmates, eating well and coming out of their shells. Jagger is up for adoption on petfinder. Jenna and Raina need to be vet checked first, and Scarlett isn't quite old enough for adoption yet. I really have a hard time thinking of people who are capable of leaving a helpless puppy in the middle of nowhere, especially a blind puppy who never would have survived without her brother. Here are some pictures of the motley crew...