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Jo’s Easter Pet Parade Photos

April 14th, 2009 . by lisa knaggs

Well, if you’ve never been to Jo’s Pet Parade, there’s just no way to describe it!  Below, a few photos. Not pictured: Leslie in Easter thong. (you’re welcome!)

Enjoy, we did! (and we’re thrilled to have been able to help raise funds for Animal Trustees.)

Frida Kahlo & Salvatore Dogi (we thought it was Diego, but no!!!!)

Frida Kahlo & Salvatore Dogi (we thought it was Diego, but no!!!!)

Banjo & B4P! Wonder Woman Becky practiced nice sits for treats!

Banjo & B4P! Wonder Woman Becky practiced nice sits for treats!

Great guy Keith came up and helped Banjo socialized!  It was wonderful!

Great guy Keith came up and helped Banjo socialized! It was wonderful!

An Easter Unicorn and her egg bearing puppy (only in Austin, yeah?)

An Easter Unicorn and her egg bearing puppy (only in Austin, yeah?)

Elvis & Priscilla

Elvis & Priscilla

This was the only dog with a trick- and it was a good one

This was the only dog with a trick- and it was a good one

Bark for Peace! 100% recycled wool make your own Toss-n-Tug™ kits

Bark for Peace! 100% recycled wool make your own Toss-n-Tug™ kits

A Whole Mess'o Toss-n-Tugs!!  Dogs love 'em!  So does the landfill that doesn't get 'em! :)

A whole mess'o Toss-n-Tugs™!! Dogs love 'em! So does the landfill that doesn't get 'em! :)

B4P fan Claudia brought her darling babes out!

B4P fan Claudia brought her darling babes out! (Bill brought Ariel by too!)

anonymous foursome

anonymous foursome

Hound Dog Drools for Peace! :)

Hound Dog Drools for Peace! :)

Pug Easter Lily (impressive, huh?)

Pug Easter Lily (impressive, huh?)

 Jimmy tells a story about Moses

Jimmy tells a story about Moses

What a joy it is to reconnect with old friends!  I met Jimmy back in 2000- I was in grad school and FORD wouldn’t stop barking at our apartment door one Friday night around midnight.  After repeatedly checking the peephole, I opened the door to SHOW her that no one was there and what to my wondering eyes did appear… Moses! The biggest, blackest, sweetest lab I’ve ever seen!  Several hours later, Maya, FORD, and I walked Moses 3 blocks home and fell in love with Jimmy too!  Moses stories are legendary and Jimmy is talking about the time Moses climbed into a pizza dumpster (behind the UT Double Dave’s) and ate so much pizza that he couldn’t get back out!  It makes me smile to think that Moses and FORD are romping together on the heavenly hiking trails!

Banjo flirting with Lahti

Banjo flirting with Lahti (Jimmy's girl)

Jimmy sporting his Bark for Peace! gear (t-shirt in bag) Isn't he ever so color coordinated?

Jimmy sporting his Bark for Peace! gear (t-shirt in bag) Isn't he ever so color coordinated?

and the band played on....

and the band played on....

Jo’s Coffee 10th Anniversary Pet Parade- benefits ATA

April 11th, 2009 . by blogadmin
Jo's Coffee Pet Parade

Jo's Coffee Pet Parade

If you’re not already booked for Saturday, this is ridiculously fun!  And it all benefits Animal Trustees of Austin.

FORD entered the very first one – I borrowed a hat w/price tag, silk scarf, and pink pearls from Flashback Vintage and she went as (drum roll, please!) Minnie Pearl!  Where IS that photo?

Anyway- c’mon out, stop by and say hi to me, flirt with Banjo, enjoy the parade, live music, good hangs and if you want to shop, proceeds go to to ATA. (Bark for Peace! will donate 10% of all sales at the event to ATA) Mention the Bark for Peace! blog and get a free gift with any purchase! woof!woof!

Images of Dog Week, some favs so far

April 8th, 2009 . by blogadmin
This spectacularly spotted SuperStar tried our jerky chews at Blue Dog’s Run for the Rovers, and came by last night for more!  She’s as soft as she is spotty and yeehaw was Clementine jealous!  Her person is a Vet Tech with Emancipet and came by that night to support them!
LaLa, the dog (my bro David called me this when he was little!)

LaLa, the dog (my bro David called me this when he was little!)

Jingles, Gold Ribbon Rescues "Poster Dog" of the Night

Jingles, Gold Ribbon Rescue's "Poster Dog" of the Night

This regal 2 year old was dropped off with litter mates at 10 weeks old b/c they had all kinds of medical issues that made them “unsellable” by the backyard breeder.  Now, Jingles is healthy, happy, and turning all the girls’ heads! He was pretty dang fired up to get a fair-trade, boiled wool fuzzee!

Jingles shakes hands with a new friend

Jingles shakes hands with a new friend

Ten Thousand Villages is a great store for fair-trade gifts (hint, hint!) including jewelry, bags, scarves, home furnishings, and instruments.  Tonight was enjoyed a 3 bowl sing- wow!

Singing Bowls

Singing Bowls

Kiko takes his Toss-n-Tug™

Keeko takes his Toss-n-Tug™

Keeko was in trouble for jumping a six foot fence and killing chickens (oops) in the country; thankfully a cool young couple read a Craigslist ad and Kiko got adopted into a family with better boundaries for him.  He’s a very handsome heeler, smart as a whip and quite the lover!

Ariel, before and after

April 8th, 2009 . by lisa knaggs

A funny thing happened on the way to a regular day- I got a call from a social worker friend about a man in the hospital ER who was pretty panicked about his dog at home.  She wasn’t sure what to do, so she called me!

Ariel- so sweet, but a little bit unsure

Ariel- so sweet, but a little bit unsure

Lucky me, I got to meet Ariel- a sweet, soft, little mini Schnauzer, rescued by Bill about a year ago.  When I got to her house, I found her curled up in the backyard. She came running up and lept into my lap when I called her name!  I was happy to find her just a wee bit worried, but not in a full panic.  She had plenty of food, water, and had been managing just fine since she has a pretty nifty doggy door. Obviously, she’s crazy about Bill- she kissed the phone when she heard his voice!  And I got to give her a little massage which she absolutely adored.  I just love the way a dog melts into my hands!

Ariel- after massage (and yes, those are her real eyelashes)

Ariel- after massage (and yes, those are her real eyelashes)

It’s Dog Week at Ten Thousand Villages

April 6th, 2009 . by blogadmin

This is Dog Week AND Holy Week and as one wise woman said to me over dinner last week: “Well, they’re the same thing!” Amen.

Come on out and help support our local non-profits working to support precious under-served dogs!  A different organization benefits every night! (see flyer for details) In addition to all our wonderful sustainable good for dogs (& their people) there’s lots of cool, fun, funky, fair-trade goods from the 60 year old fair-trade “trendsetter” Ten Thousand Villages. That’s right- they were doin’ fair-trade and sustainable crafting WAY before it was cool, just because they’d figured out it was the right thing to do!

We love doing Dog Week-  it’s a fun way to get Ten Thousand Villages’ regular customers some great dog stuff, and get some great dog people into Ten Thousand Villages and introduced to fair-trade, locally made, truly safe, non-toxic, fun and sustainable goods for their dogs!  10% of all sales are donated to a different non-profit every night!

(click on flyer to enlarge)

Oh, and VerySuperCool cards will be there too! Make your own Toss-n-Tug™ (100% recycled wool braided toys) demos every night.  Great activity to do with your kids and dogs! woof!woof!  And free B4P! treats for you and your dog!

“Best Mug Shot” Contest- Round 1

April 6th, 2009 . by blogadmin

Hey Friends & Fans in the Austin area~

Forgot to mention there’s a Best Mug Shot contest happening this DOG WEEK at Ten Thousand Villages.  The prize is a $50 gift certificate to the store AND a $50 gift box of Bark for Peace! goodies so grab your poocher and have ‘em pose for the polaroid!

Tonight’s sales benefited the Austin Humane Society and Ollie showed up as their mascot- charming! I think Ollie clearly has the lead in this week’s contest.  He’s a good looking rescue (mixed herding breeds?) originally from the Beaumont area.  Kathleen’s grandmother saved him after he’d been hit by a car and then sadly she died just three weeks later.  Ollie’s got looks, brains, personality, and a wonderful howl!  He went crazy over Sweet Potato Jerky Chews like Kathleen had never seen before!    Here he is- jumping for joy (and jerky chews!)

Ollie

Ollie


Greening Austin, One Garden at a Time

March 30th, 2009 . by lisa knaggs
GCP, Feeding Austin, One Garden at a Time

One of the organizations that Bark for Peace! has been proudest to support over the last three years has been Green Corn Project.  No one ever gets everything right, but these folks are onto something and they are making it happen in a most beautiful, bio-intensive, way! This Spring, I got to train as a Dig-In Leader, and help refurbish a local Elementary School’s gardens.  Dirt Therapy ROCKS!

Mitch Mills, GCP Board President demonstrates double-digging

Mitch Mills, GCP Board President demonstrates double-digging

From their website, their mission is: “That Central Texans have nutritious, affordable food grown in ways that conserve natural resources, promote self-reliance, and strengthen communities.”  Like B4P!, they believe that delicious, organic food should be available to everyone.  Unlike, B4P! they’ve found a way to make that happen!  (I can’t yet figure out how to be legal, affordable, AND use seasonal organic veggies from local farms- the USDA and State regs and fees are really cumbersome.)  Digs are open to people of all ages- kids are great gardeners!

Everyone plays a part in Green Corn Project Dig-Ins

Everyone plays a part in Green Corn Project Dig-Ins

If you’re looking for a way to learn about high yield organic gardening, Green Corn Project is a wonderful resource for that; you can get training yourself, AND you can volunteer to help someone else grow their own delicious and nutritious organic food at home or school!!  GCP workshops and Dig-Ins happen Spring and Fall, so put it on your calendar for Fall now.  In the meantime, check out Jeavons books(Amazon link)- available locally in Austin @ BookPeople (who by the way is expanding their gardening section to include more organic references- let ‘em know if you have a fav!)

Finished Garden at Dig-In Leader training (South Austin)

Finished Garden at Dig-In Leader training (South Austin)

Dog Therapy at GCP re-furb of Gardens at Andrews Elementary

Dog Therapy at GCP re-furb of Gardens at Andrews Elementary

Re-furbing @ Andrews Elementary

Re-furbing @ Andrews Elementary

Cindy and Clementine had an immediate love connection- made all of our hearts sing! :)

Cindy and Clementine had an immediate love connection- made all of our hearts sing! :)

Thorndale, Texas

March 23rd, 2009 . by lisa knaggs

I’ve only been there twice.  And even if you’re an Austin native, like me- it’s highly likely you’ve never heard of Thorndale, the sleepy little town that time has pretty much passed by.  If you saw the 2002 film “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid, you saw a bit of Thorndale.  As an aside: “The Rookie” is based on a true Texas baseball story and both Quaid and director John Lee Hancock are native Texans. Thorndale is on HWy 79, past Taylor and before Rockdale, about an hour from Austin.  There’s one signal and three gas stations on the highway stop.

Steve's Bar- yes, it's a real bar- open for business (and a pretty cool hang, I hear)

Steve's Place- just over the RR tracks, 1/2 block off Main Street Yes, it's a real bar (and a pretty cool hang, I hear)

My first visit was in 2005, to the pound, to meet “a high-dollar blue heeler,” aka Clementine. Although she did not deliver as advertised on the blue-blood status, she delivered more than promised in fun, laughter, frivolity, mischief, and learning.  She’s a great dog who has once again done what the dogs who find me do- rocked my world!

A dog in her natural habitat, guarding the farmhouse (and posing for a picture!  she always seems to offfer a profile or 3/4 angle!)

A dog in her natural habitat, guarding the farmhouse (and posing for a picture! she always seems to offer a profile or 3/4 angle!)

Anyway, last week we spent 5 days in a friend’s charming 100 year old Victorian Farmhouse.  (which is going on the market shortly, if you’re interested) It has been lovingly restored and was a wonderful, healing, restorative get-away from the hustle and bustle of city-life.  Windows open, fresh-air, birds singing, deck out back with rolling hill views…aaahhhhhhh…..  They don’t call it “vacation” for nothing!

100 year old restored Victorian farmhouse (dog not included)

100 year old restored Victorian farmhouse (dog not included)

Raggamuffin red terrier, “Murphy”, became the object of Clementine’s affection (unrequited, sadly) and my unsolicited bed warmer (appreciated on the cooler nights).

while on an afternoon walk... Initial Reaction (argh...)

while on an afternoon walk... Initial Reaction (argh...)

A More Appropriate Greeting

At last, civility.

And poor kitties Paddy and Tigger earned their food and shelter the good ‘ol fashioned way- around the farm, since Little Miss Mischief decided that our tour of duty meant a “No Cats Allowed” claim on the farmhouse.  Funny how they came back around as I was packing up the Forester- I’m sure they were delighted to see us go.  Murphy pouted, and we felt the pangs of withdrawl as well.

Guinea Hens

Why did the Guinea Hens cross the road?

Same reason the Rooster did, the dogs were coming!

Same reason the Rooster did, the dogs were coming!

Herbal Heaven

March 11th, 2009 . by blogadmin

Today was the final day of a most wonderful 8 week class- “Herbs for the Chakras!”   My mind is swimming with loads of information- busily cross referencing new native herbs I’ve learned about as well as old favorites from Chinese, Native American, and Ayurvedic traditions.  Herbalist Ginger Webb’s focus is on local plants- which makes so much sense to me practically and in terms of sustainability.  We had a fun small group of wise women who laughed, shared, and drank a LOT of herbal infusions – talk about a bonding experience!

If you’re in need of delicious herbal teas, herbal tinctures made with organic herbs and organic alcohol, or interested in learning more about the wonderful healing properties of happy herbs, I highly recommend Ginger! (btw, I consider this is no way a commerical, since Ginger is a very good friend~ I’m just braggin’ on her!)  There’s also an article about her in the current issue of Edible Austin magazine! Go Ginger!! woof!woof!

Best Herbalist in Austin!

Best Herbalist in Austin!

http://texasmedicinals.com/

Sweet Barks Honky Tonk benefit for Austin Pets Alive Today

February 14th, 2009 . by blogadmin

Come join us and hang out with some of the sweetest dogs,people, coffee, music and tunes from 12 noon- 5pm TODAY to help the great folks at Austin Pets Alive.  We’ll all be hangin’ out at Jo’s Coffee on S. Congress Avenue.  Mention the Bark for Peace! blog for a free gift! woof!woof! :)

tried repeatedly to get the flyer to upload, but to no avail…UGH!, so, here’s the link:
http://www.austinpetsalive.org/ (upper right hand side of home page)

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