The OFFICIALunOFFICIAL English Bulldog Mascot

That’s Me In The Spotlight

In Animals and Pets, English bulldogs, Thats' Life on August 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM

The thing about us English bulldogs is we love, love, love to be with our people 365/24/7. We’re not the sort that like to be left alone outside or tethered to a pole, or left alone for hours and hours on end in a garage with a doggie door. People who make the careful decision to own bulldogs generally tend to be people who love to be with us 365/24/7.

She takes me everywhere with her: WalMart, Target, dog-oriented meetups. That’s why She is excited about the promise and potential of is poised to be a valuable resource for People (like Her) who are most happy when they’re out and about doing things and going places with their dog.

If you look real close you can just make out my stroller in the corner/right.

On Saturday, August 8th, they had their website launch party.., uh, pardon me..,  I mean launch paw-ty in conjunction with the “Running of the Bulldogs” event to raise money for the FACE Foundation, (I talk a lot about Face, don’t I?) and mom and I went.

She dressed in white as was the instruction. We donned our red kerchiefs provided for us by the host. The concept for the running of the bulldogs alludes to the 500 year old tradition of the running of the bulls in Pamplona during the San Fermin Festival in Spain.

The running of the bulls began when bulls being used in the bullfight that evening were “run” by the drovers from their enclosures through the streets and into the pens within the bullring “Plaza de Toros”. The event became popular with locals who, for reasons uniquely their own, decided it’d be fun to run alongside the bulls. From this, the more daring (no doubt sangria fueled) challenge of running in front of the bulls took off. Since 1852 the route from Santo Domingo Street through the Plaza Consistorial and along Estafeta Street via the dangerously twisting Mercaderes Street has remained unchanged. In keeping with the Festival of San Fermin-Running of the Bulls, purposes to make the “Running of the Bulldogs” an annual event.

Past Sculptures by Caesar Yanez

Bull baiting was also considered a gentleman’s spectator sport enjoying great popularity in the middle ages among noblemen and royalty, before becoming widely popular as a blood sport among regular, just plain medieval folk.

I was disappointed I didn’t get to participate in the costumed dog contest, and it was hard to figure out what was happening where.  I had never in my life participated in a silent auction and truth be told, I didn’t know what it was or what I was supposed to do or how it worked.  A printed handout of the days activities would have been helpful.

She didn’t get to eat anything.  The waitress never returned to take her order for a glass of white wine. But I had my picture taken by  Julie Edwards Photography, the wading pools and water bowls provided by the host were a welcome and refreshing bit of thoughtfulness and hospitality and the people in attendance were mostly friendly and pleasant to be around.  Everyone was smiling and seemed genuinely happy to see everyone out with their well mannered, well behaved, healthy, happy dogs. We’re looking forward to attending the weekly Yappy Hours and other future events.  I had a terrific time!

And the beauty part, I got my TSOF (thirty seconds of fame .  Let me share this e-mail acknowledgement She got from Rachel:

The team would like to extend our sincere thanks to you and to That One for participating in the first annual “Running of the Bulldogs” last Saturday.

This being the first year of the “Running of the Bulldogs”, we expected a small group to attend but when we totaled everything up, there were 52 bulldogs participating and at least 75 humans!

By all accounts the Launch PAW-ty was also a success.  Our estimation is that more than 500 people and at least 200 dogs attended the Launch PAW-ty last Saturday.  More importantly, we were able to raise a lot of money for the FACE Foundation.

Not surprisingly, the spectacle of the event also drew a great deal of media attention.  We were thrilled when coverage of the event went national on CNN & Fox but ecstatic when we got word that a European news push was covering it!  Just in case you missed the stories, I have included the links to the internet-accessible news clips below:

Fox News (National)

CNN (National)


Animal Planet

Again, we appreciate your support and we thank you for making this event such a success.

All the Best,

Rachel SmithR.O.B.D. Heather DeganPresident, Chief

Huh.  Well get a load-a me.

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of  you
Each and every day

“And there came to be evening, and there came to be morning.” Gen1:14

That’s Life today.

A lovely day

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