Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bark if You Love Storytime

This Sunday we're combining two of my most favorite things in the whole world: dogs and books! (If we could fit chocolate in their somewhere, I think I would die of happiness...)

We got the idea from the Atlanta Braves. If they can host Bark in the Park, we figured we could have an event where people could bring their dogs to Little Shop for an afternoon of puppy stories, activities and treats.

So the first annual Bark if You Love Storytime event was born. We're approaching Sunday with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.

Here are my fears:
1. The dogs might get territorial and bark at all the other customers;
2. The dogs might pee on all of our inventory;
3. The dogs might eat all our inventory.

Or maybe I'm just picturing what my dog, Bear, would do here.

Just kidding.

Kind of.

We'll also have someone from READing Paws here to talk to the kids about reading to their dogs, and afterwards the kids will have the chance to sit and read with their pup. READing Paws is a great program that sends dogs (and handlers) to schools, libraries and other settings as reading pals for children. The program helps improve literacy and boost children's confidence. Plus, it's adorable to watch kids reading to dogs.

If your dog has a special trick (sitting, rolling over, quoting Shakespeare) you'll have the opportunity to show off all that obedience school training. And we'll have delicious treats from Taj MaHound Bakery in Oakhurst. Seriously, these cookies look good enough for me to eat. And we'll have treats for your two-legged kids as well.

And if you're looking for a gift for the pet-lover in your life, we'll give you more information about Alex's Pet Portraits. Alex is a local 10-year-old who draws portraits of pets--and he does a great job, too. I should know. He drew a picture of Bear for me that now hangs in my kitchen. (See Below!) He charges $5 for a picture and $1 for a special background. You can't beat that price for a work of art! So keep him in mind for the holidays.

It's going to be the best storytime ever. Just make sure your four-legged children are on a leash.
See you on Sunday!


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