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.