On the end of one of the top 5 weekends of my life, the Wigglebutt Wedding was a smashing success: All 2-1/2 days of it. We spent nine months planning and organizing so that every detail could be covered. Our hearts our filled with gratitude. We will continue to help the Cockers and we will formally be announcing our 2014 event within the next week or two. We are already planning and next weekend, we head to Connecticut to get the ball rolling. We will continue with a yearly event in the name of helping dogs.
For those unfamiliar with it, the Wigglebutt Wedding is a creative way to raise funds for Life's Little Paws Cocker Spaniel Rescue Group. What started out as an idea to have a small backyard wedding to raise funds for Life’s Little Paws, who incidentally rescued the bride the day she was scheduled to be euthanized, has evolved into a full-scale formal affair covered by media, resplendent with sponsors, and ripe with celebrities in the dog world.
We've only just begun. We will do this yearly in the name of dog and to raise funds, with a different theme each year. The two groups benefiting from our 2014 fun-draiser are: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. so we can buy a police dog in the area of the party a bulletproof/stab proof vest, which cost about $1,000. You can read more about that on my Pet360 Dog Appeal blog.
The rest of the funds raised will be given to OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue, an amazing group that helps Cockers in need.
As I told many folks at the wedding who want to help pets in need, want to blog or do already microblog here on Facebook and not sure what to do next: Come to the BlogPaws Conference in May of 2014. It is one of the best things you can do for under $200 with all meals covered for three days with your pet by your side.
Thanks to all who were involved and watch for thank yous, post wedding media report, tv segment with Lauren Collier of Pet Talk News12CT and more.
Wiggle on, we are the Wigglebutt Warriors: Crusading to Save Dogs' Lives, and we have THREE surprises to share.
First, the video we showed at the Wigglebutt Wedding. This video explains exactly why we did this.
Are you familiar with superstar Pug, Loca? Loca has a condition called cerebellar ataxia, in which damage within the nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls muscle coordination results in loss of coordination, or ataxia. His family launched a video about Loca and it has gone very viral. Well, Loca also gifted us with a very special wedding present from Dexter to Zoe.
And finally, the three Wigglebutt Warriors: Myself, Darlene Bryant, and Val Sorensen, wish to thank our amazing sponsors without whom none of this would have been possible. We encourage you to visit their websites, check out their products and services, and enjoy!
Official Gold Level Sponsor: Pawvogue Pet Fashion Portal
Official Television Show: Pet Talk with Lauren Collier
Official Pet Parent Resource: Pet360.com
Official Blogging Network: BlogPaws.com
Official Florals: Phyl’s Flowers
Official Groomer: Grooming to Go, LLC : 203-386-9648
Official Cake Topper Artist: Miniature-dogs-cats.com
Official Magazine: PupCultureMagazine.com
Official Canine Cake: BubbaRose.com
Official Baker: SweetPawsBakery.com
Center for Naturopathic Medicine: Center for Naturopathic Medicine; 203-377-1525
Official Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford
Official Retro Artist: RetroPets.com
Brandy’s Bark Bar Sponsor: HaloPets.com
Saturday Fashion Shoot Photographer: Paul Nathan, Couture Pets
TPPCtv.com: Be sure to check out the #1 Pet Podcast Radio Show in the world, where we are monthly guests!
IandLoveandYou.com: A premium brand of high-quality, natural pet products for your dog and cat.
AtlantaDogSpa.com: Atlanta Dog Spa is voted by their clients as the best dog-care facility, with plenty of room for all our furry friends. They provide your dog with love and attention, while you’re at work or traveling far from home.
Sony Action Cam and Dog Harness (Sony.com)
PetsAddLife.org: The PAL – Pets Add Life campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets.
Just4MyPet.com: Personalized pet products.
DoodiePack.com: A light weight highly functional utility dog backpack and durable pet waste management system.
Helping Udders.com: A dog toy made from recycled rubber liners used in machines to milk real cows.
ThreeDogzLLC.com: Fun upscale and unique products for you and your furry kids
DrMcGraths.com: Dr. McGrath's Original Conditioning Animal Shampoo embodies our meaning of sensible simplicity -Made with plant based cleansers, apple cider vinegar, natural emollients, glycerin, and organic herbal extracts
it's old school but with a nod to modern grooming science.
TheTiniestTiger.com: Join the Conservation Cub Club pack and check out their entire line of paw-tastic products, line the hipster bag. ( we love it)
Too Hot For Spot: Dogcar.biz: Car thermometer to keep dogs safe. Never leave dogs unattended or alone in a car!
WelcomePup.com: Unique dog toys and gifts
Collars for discriminating pooches: Classy-Critter.com
Melanie Miranda for great dental products for dogs: oxyfreshpro.com/oxyfreshhealth/Dental
ScoutandZoes.com: All-natural, long-lasting, organic antler chews for dogs and naturally shed elk antler dog chews and new sweet potato and chicken jerky treats made in the U.S.A.
GiggyBites.com: Home-Baked Gourmet Dog Treats, Our dog treats are fun, all-natural healthy snacks made with human-grade ingredients. (note: We love their Pupzelles!)
Centralpapetexpo.com: Join me and Dexter along with bride, Zoe, and her mom, Val Sorensen at the Central PA Pet Expo this fall!
EarthRated.com: Green enviro-friendly poop bags.
Dermagic.com: All natural skin care formulas for dogs and cats
OliverBentleys.com: Purveyor of premium dog products
CanineCampGetaway.com: Do you love vacation but hate being apart from your four-legged best friend? If a vacation WITH your dog is your idea of fun, then Canine Camp Getaway of NY is for you! Held twice a year (June 23-27, 2013 and September 21-24, 2013) in Lake George, NY.
HotBows.com: Cute, fun & trendy hair bows for tots to tweens and pampered puppies too! Super cute. Great styles available for boy dogs too!
PetBeam.com: Outdoor lighting on four legs.
PetsenVoyage.com: Travel souvenirs for pets.
CashmereHC.com: Unique cashmere gifts and lovely items
Facebook.com/TheMadDogHatter : Custom hats for your favorite pooch
Longislandpetprofessionals.com: Networking for pet people everywhere
Here are our official program excerpts:
And as if that were not enough, we are giving away one swag bag full of sponsor goodies to one lucky Fidose of Reality fan. All you have to do is reply and let us know in the comments section a wish to the bride and groom. That's it! We will pick one winner at random at the end of next week, which is 07/12/13 at 11:59 pm EST.
IT'S EASY TO ENTER THE CONTEST!
Contest starts NOW! Deadline to submit comment is 07/12/13/ at 11:59 p.m. EST.
CONTEST IS CLOSED AND THE WINNER IS: CHRISTIE ZIZO – CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL WISHES FOR THE HAPPY “PUPPLE”
How to enter: All you have to do is reply and let us know in the comments section a wish to the bride and groom. That's it!
Want a bonus entry: LIKE us on Facebook, come back to the comments and tell us you did so!
Who can enter? Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win but anyone in the United States or Canada ages 18 or over is eligible.
What are we judged on? One random winner will be selected.
Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard. One entry per person, please.
What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread and via email no later than July 13, 2013. Winners must provide name and mailing address so we can give it to the sponsor to start your subscriptions. If winner does not reply within 5 days, a new winner will be selected.