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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.

poodle mixes in Chiefs t-shirts

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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Fashion-a-Bull Fall Fun

Are you feeling Fashion-a-Bull?

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“I am a writer. I am a pit bull supporter. I am the majority.” Photo by Emily Hawkins.

Charlie Machete felt very fashion-a-bull yesterday when he donned a Thundershirt + bandana for the Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack. We’ll call it his Preppy Guy Halloween Costume.

KC Pittie Pack had a bigger turnout – and more bully breed dogs – than usual for our special Pit Bull Awareness Day Walk.

Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and her husband Daniel wisely left their dogs at home so that they could document the event and get photos of everyone holding up the signs inspired by Animal Farm Foundation’s “I Am the Majority” campaign.

You can check out more photos at the KC Pittie Pack pages on Facebook and Meetup.

If you’ve been following my posts all week, you also know that today is another big day for me in the way of bully breed awareness efforts and fashion.

Fashion-a-Bull Fall flyer

I am so excited about everything Katty Delux, the Madewell gals and I have in store (pun intended) for this fabulous autumn event!

Fashion-a-Bull shoppers will be greeted at the door by some friendly doggies, including one wearing a Tiennot Knits Sweater, and some four-legged Chiefs fans who are coming over from Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

The first 20 shoppers will receive a free treat bag full of gifts and notes from our event sponsors.

The raffle prize list includes gift certificates from Tiennot Knits, Kennel Creek and many other awesome donors. And the list of goodies you can win just keeps getting better!

Katty scored a donation from Umba Box, and I picked up these gorgeous, handmade magnets from the Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn last night.

pit bull magnets by Kathleen Henn

Wouldn’t these look great on your fridge?

So far, we are about $150 toward our goal of raising $500 for the care of the dogs of Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.

If you are in the Kansas City area, please consider stopping by the Madewell shop at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. Our party is happening from 4-6 p.m.

Raffle tickets are $5, and winners need not be present to claim their prize.

Those who don’t take home a raffle prize can win as shoppers. Madewell has several sales going on right now, plus a special discount for our party. Everyone who attends will be entered in a drawing for a Madewell gift card and get to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

For more information, check out the Facebook event  page

For more prize pictures check out the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on Wayward Dogs’ Facebook page.

If you entered the Retro Vixen giveaway and are wondering if you won, check out this post at Katty’s blog Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth.

A storm is brewing

How’s the weather where you are?
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It’s blustery and cold in Kansas City with a stormy forecast.

It’s a good day for Luke to wear his new Thunder Jacket for Dogs! (Look for a full review of this product next week.)

I’m crossing my fingers that the cold and stormy front doesn’t interfere too much with all of our pit bull-supporting weekend plans!

Reminders:

If you are in Kansas City, please consider joining me at Saturday’s Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack and Sunday’s Fashion-a-Bull Fall shopping party and Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser at Madewell.

Be sure to buy a raffle ticket from me if you can! We are just over 1/10 of the way to the $500 goal!

You can also still enter the Retro Vixen giveaway no matter where in the U.S. you live!

Come back tomorrow to learn more about Midwest Adopt-a-Bull!

Raffle Tickets for Sale

“Wanna buy a raffle ticket?”

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That’s the question you’ll be greeted with if you interact with me in person this week.

And I have no shame. In my quest to collect lots of dollars for rescue dogs, I will be pushy. I will guilt-trip you if you hesitate.

“Come on, it’s just $5.”

Every cent collected will go directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, the rescue organization that enrolled Charlie Machete. In tomorrow’s post, you’ll get to learn more about some of the other dogs in the group. For now, suffice it to say that every dollar matters. Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dogs come from shelters, the streets and abandoned houses. Two animals linked to our group have recently undergone amputations.

My goal is to raise at least $500.

Winners need not be present, but the raffle drawing will occur on Sunday, October 28, at the end of the shopping party Katty Delux and I are co-hosting at the Madewell boutique in Leawood, Kansas.

Everyone who attends that event will also be entered in a free drawing for a Madewell gift card and enjoy complimentary refreshments and an available shopping discount. The first 20 attendees will receive a free goodie bag.

Weather permitting, the event will begin with a parade of costumed doggies, including a doggy resident from Our Waldo Bungie, the awesomely obedient labradoodles from Kennel Creek and more.

You can check out some of the raffle prizes in the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on the Wayward Dogs Facebook fan page.

Here’s a list of some of the things we’re giving away:

-Custom doggy sweater from Tiennot Knit Sweaters
-Leash and collar sets from Waggiwear Dog Collars and Leashes
-Gift Certificate to The Barking Lot Grooming Salon
-Gift Certificate to Simply Grooming by Gia
-Gift certificate to Pete ‘n’ Mac pet resort
K9closet handmade collars from Simply Grooming by Gia
-Handmade Doggie Bows by Styled by a Milk Tooth
-Handmade Retro Accessories from Lucky Lucille
-Handmade Sunnglasses from Tumbleweeds Odd Shop
-Handmade pit bull magnets from Kathleen Henn
-Gift Certificate for a tree three-night stay at Kennel Creek Pet Resort

All above items will be grouped into two monster prize packages.

So, are you going to buy a raffle ticket?

Unfortunately, gambling laws made me too nervous to accept online payments for raffle tickets. So, if you are in the Kansas City area and want to buy one, let me know in the comments or email me at crystalwayward@gmail.com. We’ll figure out how to get your tickets to you!

I will have raffle tickets on hand during the Coast to Coast Bully Walk and at the shopping party on Sunday.

If you don’t live in Kansas City, but still want to contribute to the cause, feel free to make a donation directly to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. Let me know in the comments if you do.

And don’t forget to enter the Retro Vixen giveaway. No purchase is necessary for that – just give a Like to some worthy Facebook fan pages. (That giveaway is open to all U.S. residents.)

What prize from the list most excites you?

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.

girl and a giant dog

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

Laughs for Breakfast

Luke and Machete waiting for a treat

Didz u say treatz?

Last night, I followed a friend’s link to a bunch of funny animal photos and I laughed so hard I cried.

I’m gonna give you the chance to giggle, too. But first, here are some other links.

  1. If you haven’t already entered the Baltimore Bumble Crafts shampoo bar giveaway, do it now! This is the last day to enter. By participating and sharing the giveaway details with friends you not only stand to win a cool product but will also help grow awareness about this blog and Baltimore Bumble Crafts, a small, woman-owned business. Click here to enter now.
  2. Make sure you have the date saved for Oct. 28 shopping party and raffle fundraiser for Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. If you are in the Kansas City area and want to buy raffle tickets in advance, contact me. You can also RSVP on Facebook. More details coming about that event next week, including how you can be part of it even if you live far away.

OK, now for the funny stuff:

Enjoy: http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/greatest-animal-photobombers-of-all-time

Number 21 is not the funniest, but it does show a no-nonsense golden retriever haircut I wish Luke had.

Happy Friday, everyone! What’s in store for you and your pups this weekend?

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

Wayward Turtle Madewell Style

The last time I played dress up on something, a former foster dog ended up in an outfit that accentuated her “husky” body so much a person on the street yelled out “Look at that fat dog!”

I tend to have better luck dressing myself.

Dressing a mannequin? That’s something I never attempted until recently.

That’s not me.

Several Sundays ago, I attended a shopping party full of other Kansas City bloggers and hosted by a stylin’ mama named Meggy who writes Chasing Davies.

The event was held in Leawood, Kansas, at one of the newest brick and mortar locations for Madewell, a popular online women’s fashion retailer. Besides shopping, the party included a hair braiding bar, sweet refreshments served in adorable mason jars and mannequin styling.

That’s a peach bellini, Madewell style.

Trends and fashion are prominent themes for many of the bloggers who attended the party. Some of them really are professional stylists. They seemed super excited about the chance to build beautiful outfits for everyone to see.

Just like the shopping party at Saks OFF Fifth, my companion for this event was my friend Stephanie, keeper of the Turtle Soup Daily blog and a frequent contributor to the blog I manage for work.

Stephanie and I have no delusions about our futures in the world of wardrobe styling, but we decided to dress up a mannequin just for fun.

We didn’t name our mannequin that day, but let’s call her look “Cassandra.”

Stephanie adjusts Cassandra’s belt.

Do you think we over-accessorized her?

No ensemble is complete without shoes.

Cassandra – presented to you by Wayward Dogs, Turtle Soup Daily and Madewell. Photo by Stephanie Hertel.

Because I tend to do more clothes swapping than clothes shopping, I wasn’t very familiar with Madewell’s offerings prior to the event. But I can get down with the brand’s mash-up of yacht wear and bohemia. I even tried on a pretty adorable sweater with meerkats on it.

In fact, I had so much fun that there may be another party happening this year at Madewell, co-hosted by this blog and benefitting a doggone good cause.

For more Madewell party pics, check out Nicole Clifford Photography’s album on Facebook.

Have you ever dressed a mannequin? With whom do you play dress up? Share your fashion-creating experiences in the comments!

How do you think Cassandra compares to her competition?

Thankful Thursday community building

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The sun just keeps shining its rays on the Wayward pack lately. Emily over at Adventures of a Dog Mom recently hooked us up with another Sunshine Award.

As always, I’m flattered, excited and humbled by the shoutout. I only recently discovered Emily’s blog, which frequently offers really helpful tips for dog owners, like this diagram on how to properly trim your dog’s nails. Like I’ve said before, one of the best parts of blogging is getting to connect with like-minded folks and help one another as we build an online community together.

Pass-along awards – the chain letters of the blogosphere – are one way to grow that community, as recipients pass on the good karma in the form of links to their own favorite blogs. It’s a great opportunity to expose your blog friends to new readers and vice versa. I can attest to the fact that my readership expands a little bit every time someone is kind enough to nominate my blog for an award.

Of course, I’m spreading the Sunshine around again. But first I’d like to talk a little bit more about making connections.

Joining a themed blog hop is another way to connect with new readers and fellow bloggers. By the way, did you know this is Thankful Thursday?

Although distance often prevents it, when possible it’s fun to take things offline and connect in real life. I touched on this topic recently in a post about bloggers socializing at a private shopping party. I’m excited about a similar fun opportunity like that coming up this weekend. Organized by Chasing Davies, the Madewell event is a shopping and socializing event open to anyone but targeted at local bloggers with an eye for style.

I love getting to interact with other bloggers and readers face-to-face. Meeting in-person led another Emily – from Our Waldo Bungie – and me to found the KC Pittie Pack six months ago. Another dog lovin’ blogger, Amy from Fido Fetch Photography, joined us in that endeavor. By forming alliances, we are able to do more to further the causes, activities and animals we care about.

With that in mind, I look forward to partnering with more bloggers, readers, businesses and non-profit organizations so that we may together share stories, services, information, experiences and joy, as we help one another, animals and the community (on a local and global scale).

Stay posted for news about some fun collaborations currently in the works for Wayward Dogs and friends.

For now, here are some other blogs to which I’m passing the Sunshine Award.

Stacy Ideus Photography

Mona K Photography

Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth

My Joy of Living

Turtle Soup Daily

Ginchy!

Average Jane

Dogs or Dollars (check out this blog’s new design!)

Cokie the Cat (Founder of the Thankful Thursday blog hop)

For the rules surrounding this award, check out my original Sunshine acceptance post. To see all of the ways this blog has been commended, see the Awards page.

Thank you to everyone who makes reading this blog a part of your day! I’m so grateful to you!

What are you appreciative for on this Thankful Thursday?

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