If your ears were burning Saturday morning, it was because we were talking about you and how fabulous you are. Everyone was pretty impressed with this community of ours and all that money we raised together! Shelter staff was absolutely GIDDY about it. I still am too, and kind of can't believe that given the number of days we had to make it happen, we hit that goal and then some!
We still have some money trickling in too, and a small auction that will start today. Also, I usually put up a button so you can donate via Paypal, which some of you prefer, but I totally forgot to do that earlier. I just put it up this morning and it will be up there for a couple of days, if you would like to make a donation this way. When you make a donation through Paypal, it won't be reflected in the Firstgivng total, but it will counted when I tally everything up.
The weather was slightly overcast and not too hot, which was pretty perfect weather for the event. The turnout was great. There were thousands of humans and dogs, and two cats.
Wylla got a little fussy in the car on the way to the park, which made worry that she would do the same at Dog-A-Thon, but really, she did really great.
When we first got there, we got out of the car and gave her a moment to soak it all in before entering Dog Central.
We walked around with Wylla riding on Craig's shoulders, and checked out the vendors first. Wylla remained calm as we navigated through the sea of dogs. We heard "Is that a cat?" many, many times.
This cute little guy stopped to take her photo.
We stopped at the Pet Doctor's booth and Wylla charmed the staff. They were trimming nails and collecting donations for the shelter, so we took advantage of this. They were impressed with how calm she was - I was too! There she was in a booth in the middle of all this madness, with giant dogs just a few feet away, getting her nails trimmed by strangers. That cat is unflappable!
We stopped by the Northwest Spay and Neuter Center booth to say hello to our friends Cora and Ninja Bob.
Bob was too busy to say hello.
But when we stopped by later, he was available for his fans.
He had just finished winning the costume contest and wanted everyone to see his medal. We didn't want to burst his bubble, but he WAS the only cat that entered. He dressed as a shark.
Cora had made some cute cat crafts and was selling them to raise funds for the center.
I love her kitty cozies!
We walked with a pretty large group this year. We were joined by several staff members, volunteers, friends, and the IBKC FUNdraising team. I think there were at least a dozen in our pack.
Blixa joined us again this year with her humans, Jim and Shana.
And Zelda (Zoubi) Lamm's mom and dad joined us too! Here's mama Lynn carrying Wylla. She LOVES Wylla and gets so happy she gets teary when she has a chance to hold her. Wylla is always comfortable in her arms.
And of course there were dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors, patterns and breeds on the walk.
We stayed for a few hours, and when Wylla was ready to go, we left.
"I have had my fill of dogs for the day, let's move on."
We walked proud because of you! Thank you for contributing to this special day!
I'll be back to let you know when our last little auction goes up today. Tomorrow, I'll be revealing our totals, giving away prizes and sharing a big, gushing thank you note to you and some very special people.