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The Buskers and Woofstock and ME!

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Then on Saturday we drove down to San Diego for a day at Woofstock, an annual Festival for Dogs & People. The event took place at San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park with all proceeds going to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

Scripps Encinitas Pet Ambassador Volunteer Program animals and staff were on hand as well to support CCI and help educate and inform the public about the program at Scripps.

With Michaele Bookstore and Colleague

The 1960’s themed festival featured live music, munchies and lots of opportunity to shop for unique pet products. There were exciting demonstrations of Disc Dogs, Flyball, Canine Freestyle and of a  Leash Your Fitness boot camp workout for People and their dogs.

I saw working dogs in action. I got to play at the K9 Playground! We didn’t wear 60’s threads or compete in the Grooviest 60’s Costume contest or fish for prizes in the fun zone for kids, but we’re definitely going to do all That next year for sure! To help raise even more money, there was a silent auction of fun pet products!

Then there was the walk for Peace, Love, and Walk ‘n Roll (approx. 1.3 miles) to benefit Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI is a national non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The Walk registration fee included a cool WOOFSTOCK tie dye t-shirt, free Festival admission and a SWAG bag filled with great surprises! The walk preceded the WOOFSTOCK Festival and began at 9:00AM. We missed the walk (pout).  Oh well.  Next year.

This year, Walk registrants had the opportunity to raise funds for CCI and be rewarded based on donations collected. The top fundraiser will receive a beautiful portrait of their dog by artist Deirdre O’Byrne along with a copy of “A Big Little Life” signed by Dean Koontz! Walk registrants also qualified for a free pass to Disneyland® presented by Disney VolunTears, a corporate sponsor this year.

After That, it was on to Seaport Village for the Spring Busker Festival. Boy did I have a lot to learn, like What’s a busker? Well, a busker is a person who entertains people in public places while asking for money. Now you know what a busker is. In New York, we just call them street performers.  These artists and entertainers came to San Diego from all over the country to dazzle us with their unique, often even bizarre, talents.

Me. And Mango...

Mango and Dango


Take Mango and Dango for instance. I met Mango (Megan Fontaine) as she was carrying her hoola hoop of FIRE preparing to set up for the performance. She laid eyes on me and I was immediately showered with goodwill energy. We both just happened to arrive at the performance site at the same time. For me it was love at first sight.

The Calypso Tumblers Rock!! are on Facebook

Mango and Dango are two high energy performance artists who pride themselves on their creative rapport with audiences. Specializing in circus and performance art, Mango and Dango combine old school circus techniques with creative character work, contemporary movement and energetic physical comedy. And she hoolas with a ring of fire.

We enjoyed the high energy tumbling antics of  the Calypso Tumblers. Are they tumblers, latter day break dancers or gymnasts with hijinks? Check out the video by clicking on the photo here and decide for yourself.

Last but not least, we got to visit with Jimmy Talksalot just moments after his amusing magic show That he taylored toward the kids in the audience, even enlisting a couple of them to help out with the act. For some reason, while I was scrolling through his blog, the theme to Gary Shandling’s Show kept looping about in my head. *It’s OK to indulge your inner weird, Kids.* Jimmy Talksalot— Not just a children’s clown show.

What a fun, fun, fun, exhausting, fun day I had in San Diego over the weekend.  If your entire weekend was only half as interesting as mine was on Saturday alone, then I would have to say you were fortunate, indeed.

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day
Hangin’ wit da big dogs…

At Woofstock!

❝And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…❞

That's life today!

  1. Dang, that Woofstock looked FUN!

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