Thank you so much to everyone who came out to enjoy the 1st Wine & Woof Festival! We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more delightful mix of people & pooches! Saturday turned out to be the busy day since Sunday was Easter, so here are a few highlights of all the activities on Saturday.
The day started out with a talk about pet massage given by licensed massage therapist Diane Engelsdorfer. Pepe quickly volunteered to be worked on, while Mack & Bella (English Bulldogs) relaxed in the shade under the table. I didn’t have a chance to listen in to the talk, so I’ve ruthlessly stolen the photo above from my neighbor Scott (thanks!). 🙂
After Diane’s talk finished, everyone loaded up for a hay wagon ride over to Murphy’s Place. Here you can see Scott’s black lab Maggie is eagerly looking forward to the fun.
Crystal’s dogs all ran over to say hi to the newcomers as one point or another. I wonder how many sniffs were going on throughout the afternoon! In the photo above, Zog (behind the fence) and Ember both look interested in whatever Crystal has to say.
Just to give you a taste of the cuteness that is coming up this weekend, Crystal’s mother-in-law brought out the twin goats that were born last week for people to hold. If you would like a chance to play with a few baby goats too, come on out to the winery on the April 26, 2014. We’ll be doing more hay rides to visit the babies and I’ll have goat cheese & wine pairings available in the tasting room. It’ll be a great day out with your families! If it’s raining, we’ll have the goats here at the winery instead, so you’ll have a chance to pet the goats no matter what the weather throws our way. Check out our events page here for more details.
Once back at the winery, folks relaxed to live music performed by Erika May, ate lunch, and had me take a few pet portraits. Then it was time for the doggie costume contest! And before I bring you the winners, I do want to say thanks to Flint’s Country Store for providing us with poles for the agility course, and several treats for the costume contest winners!
Third place in the contest went to Maggie for her “Dog in Black” costume. She looks like she’s ready to take on an alien invasion in those glasses. Maggie received a variety of dog snacks and as you can see, she is licking her lips in anticipation!
First place went to Chuckie, a shih tzu dressed up in a timely Easter Surprise outfit! Chuckie won a gift basket of treats and supplies that he and his owners will appreciate. My thanks to our neighbor Sandy Scott who judged the contest as well as watched the salesroom while I ran around taking photos!
After the music finished, Zog went back to work performing his ‘bedtime’ routine for festival-goers. He picked up toys, brushed his teeth, got his pillow, and even took care of his human Mary when she sneezed! The kids enjoyed watching Zog, and he graciously paws-tographed his book Zog the Dog (available here) for anyone who wanted a copy.
After everything finished for the afternoon I went up to the agility course with Zog and Mary where I took this shot of the performer posing on top of the wine barrel jump. Looks like Zog and Pepe have something in common!
I’d like to say thanks also to everyone who helped put on this fantastic afternoon. But most especially to my partner-in-crime, Crystal, who dreamed up the whole idea of a doggie day at the winery in the first place! I hope everyone who came had a great time here and that all who are reading have enjoyed this peek at the highlights of the day. Cheers!