A Volunteer Party

Contrary to popular belief, we have not fallen off the face of the Earth. Work has been busy. We have awesome stuff to tell you in the future, but until the press release goes out, the word is mum.

Last week we attended the Oregon Humane Society’s volunteer appreciation dinner. We were overwhelmed by the more than 600 volunteers in attendance. Overall, there are more than 1200 volunteers at the Humane Society! Can you believe it!?! That’s 1200 people making sure that animals are well-cared for, have a walk when they’re at the shelter, receive veterinary care, and have someone looking out for them. We’re part of the AAI (animal assisted interactions) part of OHS. We pretty much function as an island in the sea of volunteers as we head out and do our visiting at the assisted living center and the local library. It was so nice to be included with all of the other volunteers at the dinner.

The dinner and ceremony were held at the Governor Hotel in Portland. This is one of the fancier hotels in town, and Kendall was invited to attend! She went for her fluff and buff the day before to make sure she was ready for the fancy schmanzy hotel.

The many volunteers at the dinner.
Kendall's view of the dinner.

With that many people moving around, we had to make sure we kept her tucked under the table. She only got stepped on once. There was only one other AAI dog there that we met. Harley looked like he was a sweetie, and maybe even part Cavalier.

In the lobby of the Governor Hotel

Kendall was on her best behavior and was loving all of the attention she was getting from all of the dog people in the crowd. The hotel doesn’t usually allow pets, especially at dinners, so we were honored to attend.

We received our pin for over 100 hours of service last year. It’s amazing how quickly those hours add up.

Canines Uncorked – a Fun Day!

The weather in Oregon couldn’t have been any better for yesterday’s Canines Uncorked event held at seven wineries in the northern Willamette Valley. Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80’s made for a perfect day in Oregon wine country. This fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society is in its second year, and 100% of the proceeds from the $40 passport went to OHS.

Map of participating wineries

We started the day at Apolloni Vineyards. The dog activity at this winery was ice cream sundaes – doggie style. They served up dishes of vanilla human ice cream complete with toppings that included dried bananas, crushed up dog treats, and more. Kendall’s never had ice cream. We let her have about a quarter of what they gave her. The wines here were very good. We bought a bottle of rose that’s perfect for our summer concert outings.

Sansome, the resident wine dog
Dishing up ice cream sundaes
Who doesn't love ice cream?
Time for lunch
Tastings were included in your passport

The next stop on our tour was at Tualatin Estate Vineyard. The dog event at this winery was paw print cards. They dipped the dog’s paw into some paint and then pressed it onto a card.

Making a paw print card
The tasting room

The next stop on our tour was Plum Hill Vineyards. They have a new dog run so the humans can drink wine while the dogs play together.  They had a beautiful patio overlooking the vineyard, and they had live music. Students from Gaston Elementary school had dog treats, scarves, and other items for sale.

An interesting wine fountain
The patio at Plum Hill Vineyards
A happy participant

Our final stop on the tour was at Kramer Vineyards. The wine here was wonderful, as was the view. We met some of the people we’ve only known through Twitter and email. It was so nice to be able to put a face with a name.

Missy, one of the wine dogs

Missy tweets at @MissMissyKramer. We also met Wyatt, a gardening dog. His mom wrote a great post on Canines Uncorked over on their blog.

We skipped a few of the wineries because we’ve already been to them a number of times. Our goal was to get to some of the wineries we’ve never had the chance to visit. The Canines Uncorked event was a great excuse to get out and try the wineries and support OHS at the same time.