Halloween fun is ramping up all around us. I recently received a new position at my dayjob, (which as most of you know is Global Pet Foods in Hintonburg) Special Events & Marketing. Essentially that consists of coordinating the events, marketing and social media for both our stores. I’m super excited about the new position, and with it will come more frequent blog posts on my AlliePets blog as I talk about my own personal business as well as the happenings at the store. They are often intertwtined anyway, and this is a bit of a personal blog as well as a blog about my work! The things I learn with the new position will also benefit both businesses, so I’m eager to see what I can learn and do.
The first Big Thing I’m planning for both stores is a Howl-O-Ween fundraiser!
If you’re local, mark your calendars! (If you’re closer to the Kanata area, our 700 Eagleson Rd. store is having an identical fundraiser the very next day, same time!)
This year, our Howl-O-Ween event at the stores is raising funds for a brand new Ottawa rescue, Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue!
A bit about Sit With Me and the things we’re doing to help:
(Their website is in progress, but they have a Facebook and a Twitter, please add them!)
This rescue was founded by several friends of mine who are veterans of the dog rescue world, and are hitting the ground running. Notably, they’ve rescued a very pregnant bully mix named Amelia who has since had nine healthy puppies, and a starved, emaciated little brindle boy named Jeremiah who is currently staving off dehydration and depression in a fight to save his life. Both situations are proving very costly and time consuming for the rescue, and we wanted to help offset those costs in any way possible and help give Sit With Me a good running start.
The Howl-O-Ween events at our store are just a start; my friend Lindsay Campbell, who also used to work with us, has been selling prints of her work from her recent “Canis Flora” gallery show to fundraise for vet checks/altering of the nine puppies. The pieces feature various breeds of dogs meshed with various flowers, producing unique, fun, whimsical pieces of art that would look amazing on any wall. The prints are available to purchase through her website.
Lindsay and another past co-worker, Stephanie, will be co-hosting a nail trim, bake sale & rescue meet-n-greet fundraiser on Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at our Hintonburg store (1200 Wellington Street, Ottawa) to help raise more for Amelia. Watch this space for more info on that!
The logo I designed for them turned out to be the winning logo in their FB contest, so my logo will be the public brand of the rescue. I am very honoured and give my thanks to all who votes for me! Please keep an eye out for some great apparel for sale featuring the new logo, which is an easy, fun way to support rescue. I’m pleased as punch to be a part of an amazing grassroots dog rescue.
Also of note, because folks have been asking about them: Pumpkins!
Cooper, my co-worker’s dog:
And Dance, a Toller from my dog forum:
There’s been a few more as well, who have asked to remain a surprise until the actual pumpkin unveils. Designing these patterns have been a TON of fun. I hope lots more folks get one! There will be a BIG Facebook contest on October 30th with an awesome prize to be won!