Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ruby Works the Wine Festival

Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg (our nonprofit charity that raises money for canine cancer research) has a booth at the "Rites of Spring" wine festival this weekend.  Ruby and I volunteered to work the afternoon shift yesterday.  It was her first real outing in public (except for riding in the car and limited exposure to the folks at Lowes and PetsMart).

Ruby did really well.  She was apprehensive, of course, because she's never been to an event of this size.  There were hundreds of people, and lots of noise and activity ... and she seemed to enjoy everyone giving her attention and treats (slipped to them by me, so she continues to learn that strangers are a good thing.) 

Denny, and his sister Evey, worked our booth, too.

After a while, Ruby decided that she had had enough attention, and she crated herself for the rest of the afternoon.  She came out occasionally for pets and treats, but I mostly left her alone while she was in there.  (Intended lesson:  she gets treats while she is OUT of the crate, and quiet time without treats while she is IN the crate.)

The humans working the booth spent most of our time talking to the festival goers, explaining what we do, handing out business cards and brochures, and offering our goodies for sale. 

Everything we sell is made by one of us, and we have fabulous stuff ... if I do say so myself.  These are the collars that I make ... I've shown them to you before.

My friend, Gale, makes amazing beaded jewelry.  It's so intricate and precise and GORGEOUS!

We debuted a new item at the show ... hand-knit felted wool leashes.  These drew quite a bit of attention, because no one had seen anything like them.  I love mine (you can see it in the bottom of the photo of Ruby at the top of this post) because it's colorful, soft, strong, and totally different than anything else I have seen. 

At the end of the day, Ruby and I were pretty well spent.  It was a long afternoon for both of us, and I was very proud of how she did at her first event.  As you can imagine, she was glad to get back home and she slept really, REALLY well last night.


We announced last week, on the Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg web site and Facebook page, that we are honored to have Fabien Cousteau as our guest for our "Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer" benefit, November 3-4, 2012.  I'm so excited ... I can't hardly stand it!!  More details are on the GRF web site, with registration info coming soon. 


  1. It sounds like a wonderful show. Your items are all beautiful. Love the felted leashes! I hope you made a ton of money and I hope you (and Ruby) can get some rest today! xo Diana

  2. ruby is a darling - you should be very proud of her indeed!

  3. My beloved Suzy died of intestinal cancer. Went to bed normal, woke up with symptoms, put to sleep within an hour.

    TRAUMA for me. Over a decade ago and it's just as fresh now in memory.

    XO T

  4. Yay for Ruby, what a good girl. Those leashes are very cool, and thanks for all that you guys do to help find a cure for canine cancer!

    Kat :)

  5. What great stuff! Your group has some very talented people in it.

    I'm so glad Ruby did so well and hopefully each event will get easier for her.

  6. What a fabulous event! I hope it was a huge success. All of the items you offer are wonderful. I love your collars and I have never seen leashes like that. Also, your friends jewelry is gorgeous, such intricate work.
    I am quite certain both you and Ruby are taking it easy today and catching up on some rest.

  7. I'm so glad Miss Ruby did so well out in public like that. She is such a sweet girl. I admire your great work for this cause! Hugs, Linda

  8. Hey Connie,

    So glad Ruby enjoyed her 'debut' into society. Those felted leashes are beautiful and you are right...super strong.

    I better not see any Vera Bradley fabric in those collars!!! Ha!

    Hope to see you soon...I am fighting with all my might a tickle in my throat!!!!! I better not be getting sick.

    Send me some healthy vibes.

    Congrats on raising money for such a good cause. I helped the animal cause myself this weekend. Attended the annual SPCA Rummage Sale at Highland School. Brought home lots great pieces to redo. Made an extra donation and they delivered it all to my home! Sweet!!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest


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