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We Made Out Well at Madewell

After the bully breed-centric whirlwind of last weekend, I needed a break.

I knew I would, and that’s why I not only took yesterday off from blogging but also from work.

It was glorious. I jogged the dogs. I walked the dogs. And I spent a good deal of time talking dogs.

And all day, I wore the awesome new necklace I bought at Madewell.

Boston terrier necklace

It’s a Boston Terrier!

My mom gets the credit for spotting the totally relevant piece of jewelry (and the matching earrings!) that was randomly available during Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell, the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser Katty Delux and I hosted at the Leawood, Kansas, store last Sunday.

Although we didn’t quite hit the lofty $500 goal I set, by the end of the day, we tallied over $300 in cash and checks.

I’d say that’s not too shabby.

The money will help replenish funds spent over the past few days to help Tracy, a dog who is suffering complications from her recent leg amputation.

Although no Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dogs attended the event, a little pack of poodle mixes and Romeo, an adoptable shepherd mix, posted up outside the store with representatives from Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

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The very obedient Chalmer, Willow and Reilly. Photo by Kemberley Elliott.

We were lucky that the weather was great. And as I expected, having the dogs at the entrance drew a lot of attention and resulted in more raffle ticket sales.

I have to credit where it’s due, though. My colleagues at Staples Promotional Products really ponied up for this cause. Between those who bought raffle tickets in advance and those who came to the actual event, my coworkers contributed over $100 to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. As a result, I’m taking three of the prize packages we drew for to some lucky Staples friends tomorrow.

Big thanks also goes to my non-work friends, family members and businesses who showed support through their attendance, benjamins and prizes. Of course, Madewell gets mad props for hosting.

I couldn’t be more grateful to Katty for helping me coordinate the event and rounding up tons of lovely prize donation.

Umba Box, Waggiweal leash, Kennel Creek gift certificate

Goodies from Waggiwear, Umba Box, Kennel Creek Pet Resort, Simply Grooming by Gia, artist Kathleen Henn, Tumbleweeds and YourBrandPartner.com. Photo by Kemberley Elliott.

As it turns out, the pin-up and the crazy dog lady make a darn good team (even though we totally failed to get a photo of ourselves together).

My appreciation extends as well to my wonderful blog readers who have commented, shared and put up with my relentless promotion of this event over the past couple of weeks. I do hope you enjoyed the posts, but I do promise to cover some different topics and stop begging you for money – at least for a little while.

We’ll start tomorrow, with something Halloweenie.

However, it might not be as cute as this:

It's a Fairy Bull

Polly Pocket the Fairy Bull. Photo courtesy Our Waldo Bungie.

The Most Fashion-a-Bull award of the day went to Polly Pocket.

Our Waldo Bungie‘s foster dog made a special appearance. There is breed specific legislation against pit bulls in Leawood, and while we can’t know for sure what Polly is without a DNA test,  the boxer-and-maybe-pittie mix played it safe and festive by wearing a disguise her Halloween costume.

If Polly the adora-bull fairy dog looks like someone you want to add to your family, check out her Petfinder profile!

What’s your dog going to be for Halloween?

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The Pit Bull Issue by the Numbers

National Pit Bull Awareness Day is just five days away.

blue american pit bull terrier

Adoptable Arria is a blue American Pit Bull Terrier.

That makes now a great time to brush up on facts about dogs like Midwest Adopt-a-Bull‘s Arria and why her kind gets a bad rap.

What is a pit bull, anyway? What’s BSL? What side of the debate are you on?

Assuming you don’t already know, the infographic below (originally shared by 1800PetMeds) could help you decide.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have already seen the infographic. It’s so great, I just had to share it here, too.

The statistics and talking points are definitely going to be top of mind for me all week, as I sell raffle tickets for Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell, the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser and shopping party I’m co-hosting with Katty Delux.

The truth about pit bulls will also be part of the conversation as KC Pittie Pack gears up for a very special walk on National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Our Waldo Bungie and I will tell you more about that event tomorrow.

In the meantime, get on this infographic, which I hope you’ll want to share far and wide.

After that, go enter the giveaway for a gift certificate to Retro Vixen, outfitter of many pit bull loving fashionistas.


Courtesy of: 1800PetMeds.com

Sunday Dogtober Dates (and a Giveaway)

Let’s just rename this month already. It’s not October. It’s Dogtober.

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So many canine-conscious observances happen in the 10th month of the year, including:

All of these special celebrations plus the milder weather also make this time of year ideal for outdoor pet-friendly festivals. And what better name for such a happening than Dogtoberfest?

Incidentally, that’s the name of the main event on my calendar today: Dogtoberfest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Fleming in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Zach’s sister Bethany and their other sister their family dog Echo the elderbelle accompanied me to another Dogtoberfest a couple weeks ago in Lawrence, Kansas.

Bethany and Echo

“Are you ready for this, old pup?”

We visited our friends at the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull tent where Arria and other adoptables were on display.

Amy from Fido Fetch Photography tried to snap a picture of Bethany, Echo and me. But the elderbelle got camera-shy.

Bethany and Crystal

Echo: “Is Blue Buffalo paying me to be in this picture? Then, no!”

It’s too bad, too, because Echo looked pretty cute in the bandana given her by a Blue Buffalo pet food vendor. The navy handkerchief was among many trinkets and treats we got at the Lawrence Dogtoberfest.

Because most of the edible items available at Dogtoberfest were not meant for human consumption, we headed out of the downtown park for lunch.

We had no trouble finding a restaurant with dog-friendly, outdoor seating. While we sipped fancy lattes and homemade hummus at Mirth Cafe, Echo hammed it up for a little boy on the other side of the window. The elderbelle did all of her tricks – sit, shake, lie down and play dead, but he was still afraid to pet her on his family’s way out.

pit bull dog in Lawrence, Kansas

“Why would anyone be afraid of little old me?”

Before our hummus and veggies arrived, Bethany noticed a pin-up fashion boutique next door to Mirth Cafe. She didn’t buy any of the retro dresses she spied, but if she had, I wouldn’t have teased her for wearing one right out of the store.

After all, what looks better on a bully breed lover than pin-up style? 

On that note, I’d like to remind everyone about Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell, the shopping party and Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser I’m co-hosting with a real pin-up model one week from today.

Katty Delux, The Pin-Up from the Paris of the Plains, and I will be hyping this event throughout the week on our blogs and social media. We hope for a big turnout and lots of raffle ticket sales for this special Dogtober event!

If you can’t make it, we still invite you to make a donation to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.

Katty also coordinated a special pre-event giveaway for pin-up fashion lovers who help us grow awareness about our event and the bully breed cause.

Follow the instructions at the link below for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Retro Vixen.

Click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Save the Date: October 28

A while back, I said I was working with the fashionistas at the Madewell store in Leawood on a special event that would raise funds for a favorite cause.

Well, it’s finally happening!

Katty Delux over at Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth and I are presenting Fashion-a-Bull Fall, a shopping party and fundraiser on Sunday, October 28.

Through a raffle of awesome dog-related products, we hope to collect proceeds for Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, the bully breed rescue organization that is helping us with my foster dog Charlie Machete.

Keep tabs on my blog and Katty’s for more details about the event.

If you have a pet business and wish to donate items for the raffle, please contact me at crystalwayward(a)gmail(dot)com.

Fashion-a-Bull Fall flyer

Blog socialization at Saks

There’s a super sweet scent wafting through Wayward House right now. It’s coming from this fragrant bath set.

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I was delighted to learn yesterday that I won a giveaway I entered over at Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth, a fun site about fashion, food and pin-up style.

Blogger Katty Delux personally presented my pretty pink prize to me, a Lovey Dovey Personal Pampering Set from PoshUSA, at a shopping party for bloggers at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH.

During the party, the Saks manager informed our group the median income for average shoppers is over $100,000. That meant most of the inventory was a little out of this clothing swap queen‘s price range.

However, as a perk for attending, all of us bloggers were armed with $25 gift cards and there was a drawing for bigger discounts. I didn’t win the bigger gift cards but did put my store credit toward a cute top and even cuter whale-shaped salt and pepper shakers.

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Unfortunately, I could definitely not afford the sexy and mean looking $700 necklace that really caught my eye.

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More than anything, last night’s event was a fun opportunity to mingle with people who share my interest in blogging and promoting things we care about.

I attended the Saks OFF FIFTH event with my friend Stephanie, blogger at Turtle Soup Daily, and we met up with Emily from Our Waldo Bungie.

You can find links to many of the other bloggers who attended at the KC Blogger Meetup site, where I was recently featured.

Blogging friends who live too far away to participate in a Kansas City meetup: How do you connect in real life with other bloggers?

Tip for dog lovers who want to win something: If you haven’t already, enter to win an awesome giveaway from Dogs or Dollars today.

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