One of our special guests at the "Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer" benefit in November will be Victoria Stilwell!
I first saw Victoria Stilwell on TV when she was a judge on CBS's program "The Greatest American Dog". Normally, I wouldn't watch a show like this, but Laurie Williams, a local woman I know, was competing with her dog, Andrew, and I wanted to support the 'home team'. (Laurie and Andrew ended up coming in second.) I saw that Victoria was harsh, but practical, positive, and fair, and I became a bit of a fan.
You have probably seen Victoria on her Animal Planet show, "It's Me or the Dog", where she assesses families and problem dogs and offers training and solutions. What I like about her is that she cuts to the heart of the problem and focuses her 'training' on the humans, teaching them how to positively encourage their dog(s) to become polite members of the family.
For our event, Victoria will be the featured speaker at our Satuday evening dessert party (the signature activity at our event!) We are incredibly excited to have her!
This was yesterday afternoon's planning meeting, held at my house in our pavilion ... because it was such a nice afternoon ... until we were run inside by the threat of a severe thunderstorm. In this photo, bottom to top, you see Windsor, Derby, Daniel, Mercedes, and TJ.
"Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer" is a dog-friendly event open to all dog lovers and all breeds of dogs ... leashed, well-socialized dogs are welcome at all activities for this 2-day event.
Here are the details:
"Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer"
November 12 - 13, 2011
Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center
Tickets are $85 per person, which includes admission to the entire weekend worth of activities.
(It's a bargain, trust me.)
For out-of-town guests, our group rate at the event hotel is $79 per night.
Details of activities, registration form, hotel info, and FAQ are all on our web site.
We are now less than 90 days out, and our plans and schedule are almost finished. This is our 6th year of doing this, and every year our event gets better and better (in my most humble opinion). It's a ton of work for our very dedicated and tireless small group of volunteers, and we all do it because of our love for dogs.
In response to comments, I am editing this to add: We have a page on our web site where anyone can make donations. You can donate by check or via PayPal. (Click HERE to go to the donation page) We are also registered with iGive. You can do your online shopping through iGive, designate Greyhounds Rock as your beneficiary, and we will receive a percentage of your purchase. Donations of items or services to be used in our fundraising efforts are also gratefully accepted.
Every little bit helps.