I started a thread in the events section a while back about the Pet Rock Festival, but wanted to post here also.
Who else is planning on going this year?
I am very excited, because I will be attending for the first time this year. I can not wait to meet several members from this board, not to mention see some of the dogs that I have helped pull and transport up north. When I put them on transport here in TN, I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would ever see them again. Now I not only get to see one, but probably several all at the same event. I am going to have to pack a lot of tissues.
If you plan on attending I would love to meet members from the board. I most likely will be at the Echo booth or walking around with a white GSD. Please stop by and say hello.
The festival name is a bit deceiving. It's a HUGE outdoor event geared towards raising public awareness about homeless animals, and one that many people love because they can bring their dogs with them. Most people are repeat attendees. Our own GSRNE table is often bombarded with people who currently have german shepherds (or lost one to illness) and want to learn more about how they can help shepherd rescues, so we often spend the day educating, increasing public awareness, and recruiting many new volunteers that day, including a few foster homes. I used to manage the table with only one other person in the old days, now we have about five or six people to handle the crowds, which also leaves time to enjoy other activities of the day, too.
Pet Rock Fest - held (Sunday) Sept. 14, 2008, at Quinsigamond Community College, (Worcester) - is an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals...this expo features hundreds of tables, including breed rescues, shelters, animal welfare organizations and more. It's a see and be seen event for you and your dog to attend, but one that benefits ALL types of animals.
TICKETS: $12 adults, $5 kids 12 and under This family-friendly day includes an adoptable dog parade, contests, rabies clinic and low-cost microchipping, live music, a doggie water park, a cat photo contest, speakers, vendors, shows and food. It's a wonderful day for you and your leashed pet.
Visit their events page and entertainment page for updates and information, as well as a video:
Echo Dogs will be there this year as well. We always try and get a few of our adopters in the area to attend, so it can be a bit of a reunion. I think my favorite moment last year was when one of our fosters (who shall remain nameless, but she is a board member
) caught site of her first foster (actually, also from this board) who she had not seen since the adoption. Watching the tears well up in her eyes and the happiness of the reunion was quite a touching moment (brought a couple tears to my eyes I will admit).
I also had the privilege of meeting Millie and Star.
Here's a couple of pictures from last year. A couple of our dogs have their wings on from the adoptable dog parade.
Okay, Terry, I'll fess up...that board member is me...and that first foster would be Zeus (in the blue bandanna on the left) and that would be one of my other fosters in the purple bandanna next to him (Lexy aka Josie)- she would be a female "scared of men" (not anymore!). Eh, hem...if I recall...being from PA, I did have the most former fosters there in attendance.
I suspect someone will beat me this year.
Seriously...it's an awesome event and it's incredible how well all of the dogs behave with all of the other dogs around.