You walk into the hotel with your dog by your side, feeling assured as you see other conference attendees with their pets. But your dog barks and lunges toward another dog, stretching his retractable leash to its full fifteen feet. In your scramble to hang onto the leash, your purse and conference materials scatter on the floor. You yank him hard, stopping him in his tracks as he trips. You yell, “Max come here NOW!” He cowers and everyone turns and stares at you.
Although the Sheraton Hotel at Myrtle Beach was 998 miles from my home north of Chicago, I really wanted to bring Buffy, my cocker spaniel to the 2017 BlogPaws conference. Having a dog is an easy ice-breaker and I really missed having her with me at the last conference in Phoenix.
Dogs love to work—especially if they share a job with their owners. They couldn’t be happier following you around all day while doing your daily tasks, and most dogs love to learn. Although dog assistance programs now abound, I have chosen to support these two programs.
On Sunday, August 7th, my youngest cocker, Buffy, and I will be attending DogFest in Oakbrook, Illinois, a CCI fundraising event.
Thirty years after your wedding day, what will you remember; the beautiful flowers, the precious words spoken, the pretty dresses, or your dog at the ceremony?
I remember my dog at my reception (although it’s only been 22 years). I eloped and had a large party at my house, so my springer spaniel, Kaylee, joined in the fun.