Thursday, April 9, 2009

You’re Feeding Your Pet What?

Our friends Patti, Lydia, and Bob at Everything & The Dog, LLC, along with Leesburg Dogs (Friends of the new Leesburg Dog Park), and Nordic Naturals are hosting a very special event April 24th, beginning at 6:30 PM EDT at the Ida Lee Community Center.

Guest speaker will be Tracie Hotchner, who will be speaking about the importance of animal nutrition. The title of her presentation will be “You’re feeding your pet what?” and it promises to be an informative, lively presentation, and an exciting evening.

As many of you know, Tracie Hotchner, the author of both The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You To Know and The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You To Know, is also the host and producer of two live weekly national radio shows – DOG TALK® on NPR station WLIU out of Southampton, New York and CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius XM satellite radio. As Patti Best says, “Tracie has a devoted following because she entertains while admonishing people to make wise, independent decisions for their pets’ well-being.”

Tracie has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, and The Martha Stewart TV show, and has spoken at the Pet Sitters International Annual Convention and Camp Gone to the Dogs, Glen Highland Farm Border Collie Rescue Summer Camp and Camp Unleashed. Recently Tracie has also begun a national tour of veterinary colleges beginning with Tufts University in Boston, Virginia Tech Veterinary School in Blacksburg, Virginia, and UC Davis Veterinary School in Northern California.

Along with guest speaker Tracie Hotchner, we hear from our friend Bob, the Fantastically Amazing Blogging Pit Bull, that there will be awesome gift bags for the first 100 guests, with all sorts of goodies in them, including: a Nordic Naturals full sized bottle of Omega-3, Wagatha’s Biscuits, Halo samples, Honest Kitchen samples, Weruva dog and cat food, X-O Odor Neutralizer, Platinum Performance Feline and Canine. There will also be gift certificates from local places, including Bev Hollis Photo and a couple of local groomers. As you can imagine, Bob is beside himself lately because all of these goodies are coming in to Everything And The Dog and no one has offered HIM a gift bag. But we’re working on that!

During the evening’s event there will also be a wonderful raffle and items so far include a Knitamil from artist DanaMarie Hosler, a Ruffwear x-large K-9 float coat, Bottoms Up lift leash – to help large dogs with hind end issues to walk, get into cars, etc , Bags on Board that attach to a leash with refills for pick up, a big fanny pack for a dog walker from Pet Habitats, with flushable poop bags and compartments for other stuff, Four Paws deluxe large support harness, which can be used with a leash and also with a seat belt, hot pink Packabowl flexible bowl , a large orange Kong Wubba floatable ball with tail, a Premier pet large treat/kibble dispenser, and a Cranberry Patent Leather Sherpa Bag.

WOW! I bet Hudson and Murphy are trying to figure out how fast they can drag their Papi across hill and over dale to get there in time!

Patti says they also already have 12 vendors lined up who will have tables with lots of cool displays and goodies for sale.

Ticket price is only $15 per person and includes a dessert buffet at the reception and prize raffle.

The whole evening sounds like a terrific event. Things start happening at 6:30 PM, and Tracie is scheduled to speak at 7. After her presentation, guests will enjoy the dessert buffet with refreshments, check out vendor tables, visit with Tracie, and participate in the raffle.

All proceeds from this event will go to Leesburg Dogs to improve and support Leesburg’s new Dog Park at Olde Izaac Walton Park, Leesburg, Virginia.

To reserve your place at this very special event, please send your check for $15.00 per person (and please include names of attendees) to: Everything & The Dog, 39202 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg, Virginia, 20175.

For questions & more information please e-mail Lydia at:

Directions to Ida Lee Park can be found at .

We hope those of you in the area will support Leesburg Dogs. Have a great time at the event, send pictures, and puppy up!

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