Bark for Peace!
musings & ramblings, mostly about dogs, from a three being, three species family

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Habitat Suites

June 30th, 2008 . by blogadmin

A BIG shout-out and thanks to Natalie Marquis and Donald Wells over at Habitat Suites for putting up the Big Green Bus gang in stellar, solar-powered Austin-style! How great is that??  We love this locally-owned more than eco-friendly hotel. woof!woof!

“Tastes Like Bacon…

June 26th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Gulshan eats sweet potato jerky chews
… only not as crunchy.” So says our buddy Gulshan who actually ASKED to eat out treats and happily munched on Sweet Potato Jerky Chews while he mugged for the camera at tonight’s Net Impact mixer. This gathering brought together a challenging and inspiring group at the ultra cool and laid back Eastside hang, Rio Rita. Fun to run into old buds like Verysupercool Sue mktg guru Linda Haas, and others. (tried repeatedly to upload and post photo- maybe it’ll work tomorrow…

One Type of Trouble

June 25th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Quote of the day, via German Cowboy:

“If you’re the brightest person in the room then you’re in trouble.” – James Watson

Couldn’t agree more!  Happy to be surrounded by brilliance- in human and canid forms! woof!woof!

Bark for Peace! Hosts Darmouth’s BIG GREEN BUS in the ATX

June 24th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Darmouth’s Big Green Bus will be rolling into town this weekend for what we hope will not be just the hottest leg of their summer 2008 tour, but the coolest hang with the great and groovy folks in our hometown of Austin, Texas, USA, Planet Earth. THis über-eco converted school bug runs on veggie waste oil and solar power for their electronics. Take a tour, ask questions, learn how ti works and why these crazy college kids are spending their summer trying to spread the good word. You know we say they’re just barkin’ for peace, baby!

Check them out on Friday from 5-9pm at Wheatsville Co-op and Saturday morning 9am-1pm at the Tarrytown Farmers’ Market. Keep tabs on our blogs for the latest details of the when and wheres while they’re here. Come give ‘em an ATX woof!woof!

Still Waters Run Deep

June 21st, 2008 . by blogadmin

… or so the saying goes.  The waters of Barton Creek aren’t completely still, but the waterfalls we visited tonight were sadly no longer cascading. Clementine had no problem jumping right in!

Clementine stretches out for a Swim- Barren Barton Creek Waterfall

Lots of fish were still lively and flitting about and I proudly managed to keep Clementine distracted and successfully avoided a close encounter with a water snake.  Embarrassingly, I can’t say whether it was a happy, non-violent type water snake or the infamous water moccasin, but I only jumped a wee bit and did not wake the dead with a blood curdling scream as is often my way around snakes…ugh, not a huge fan- sorry!

This time last year we’d had 2 months of rain and Austin was green, moldy, and generally overly moist (kinda like I remembered Germany being).  We’re finishing a month of daily temps more than 10º above average (but please don’t worry your pretty little head- there’s no such thing as global warming or radical climate change!)

For some idea of what this gorgeous spot used to look like, click here for earlier blog post:

Austin’s Cool House Tour

June 16th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Cool House Tour Logo

We think houses that are more energy efficient Bark for Peace! So much so that we’re supporting TSES by volunteering for Austin’s Cool House Tour this Sunday. Come check out the Cool House Tour 2008 where you can visit energy-efficient and environmentally friendly houses in all shapes and sizes! (no McMansions- but loads of thick walls, double paned windows, solar panels and rainwater barrels) To go on the tour, all you have to do is buy a guidebook at any Austin Central Market; ask for them at the Customer Service Desk. I’ll be a docent at the Mueller redevelopment house. Come by and give me a woof!woof!

Wyatt Makes a New Friend

June 15th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Our good friend VerySuperCool Sue has a huge heart o’ gold!  For more than a year Sue and her husband have been fostering dogs through Central Texas Dachshund Rescue. The new guy’s name is Wyatt and he’s a little doll!  Not shy at all, but VERY skinny (he apparently almost stopped eating he got so depressed waiting for a foster home), Wyatt made friends from the moment he arrived yesterday at the Tarrytown Farmers’ Market.

Bark for Peace! joins the Tarrytown Farmers’ Market!

June 13th, 2008 . by blogadmin

Come check out the delightful Tarrytown Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

You’ll find everything ranging from gorgeous local organic tomatoes and peppers, to herbal teas, handmade soaps and locally-made granola! OH yeah- and now you’ll find delicious and nutritious Bark for Peace! treats, plus our super fab soaps on hemp leashes, hemp rope toys and recycled wool tug toys!

Chicken Art by Susan Grice

This market has the best setting in town- under the huge old oaks trees in the backyard of the renowned Tarrytown Floirst, under new ownership and charmingly renamed Talulah Bleu, right across from Casis Elementary School. Come find us at : 2815 Exposition Blvd. and give us a woof!woof! :)

Tarrytown Farmers’ Market Blog

Beauty & the Beast

June 11th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

The seasons they are a changin’… it’s been over a 100º most days for the last couple of weeks- egads! What’s a dog, what’s a gal, what’s a farmer to do???

Zinias & Dinosaur Kale

One of the things that happens to me on my weekly stop at Boggy Creek Farm (aka “the Farm”) is that I lose my stress, my worries, my cares- well, not completely but I am drawn to the land and the fertility thereof (which may be waning). In this time of transition, we’re enjoying the very end of the greens, save some of the mustard family which may hold up in the heat for awhile but may be too hot and bitter to enjoy- at least by this palate! Long gone is cilantro, delicate salad greens, tender leafy things. The Zinias are rising- they are colorful, sprite, beautiful. The dinosaur kale is setting- it is textured, curling up upon itself, a bit tough… Side by side they grow in the harsh Texas pre-summer enduring premature triple digit temperatures because they have no other choice. I, for one, am grateful.