|My friend Hero|
We did two tricks demonstrations and had a booth selling home made dog and people treats to raise money for SEVA GRREAT, Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training. SEVA GRREAT is a wonderful local organization that rescued some of my best friends and found them very happy forever homes. You can learn more about them (and make a donation!) on their website at: SEVA GRREAT.
Mom had lots to do because she had organized the tricks demonstration and was also kind of in charge of the booth selling treats. (She often tries to do way more than she can gracefully handle.) The day before the event, mom made a list of everything she needed for the Dog Scout booth and the tricks demo (tent, tables, chairs, trick props, treats, signs, etc.) She even chopped up a bunch of extra special treats for me for the tricks demo. (I get extra special treats like chicken and hot dog pieces when performing in front of groups of people because there are so many additional distractions.)
|My extra special treats|
Dad helped load the cars (I call him my roadie) and mom managed to fit everything into the two cars.
|My roadie goofing off|
|My roadie loading up the equipment|
|Supervising while they load the cars|
|Dog Scout Troop #194's booth, staffed by Hero's dad, the best cookie salesman ever|
So everything was going relatively smoothly (no falls from the step ladder or decorations blowing away) until mom realized that she had forgotten the most crucial item: my special treats! Sure, we had treats for sale, but when I'm performing tricks for a crowd, not just any treat will do. Luckily mom had packed chicken sandwiches for her and dad, so she simply disassembled dad's sandwich so I could have chicken treats.
My girlfriend Willow, and my best buds Hero, Gauis, Zen, and Wyatt were all there for our tricks demo. Hero is kind of new to tricks and very new to performing in front of people, but he was FANTASTIC! He's only a little over a year old, and mom says he's the best behaved one-year-old lab ever -- and also the sweetest. Willow was her usual fabulous self, and Gauis, as usual, stole the show with his cuteness and very difficult tricks. Zen and Wyatt were also very impressive and very, very cute.
|Willow climbing out of the suitcase, after doing the suitcase trick|
|Gauis doing the penguin|
|Gauis scratching his mommy's back|
|Me doing crawl|
|Me doing roll over|
Mom thinks that making people smile is one of the nicest things you can do. And we made people smile. So that means it was a successful event.
We also raised $175 for SEVA GRREAT by selling our homemade dog cookies. So I guess that means it was super-successful!