Wednesday, April 27, 2011

News Flash: Triple Threat is Top of the Royal Wedding Invitation List

K-9s Dressed to the Nines to attend Royal Wedding

It's old news that the names of U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy did not find a place in the official guest list of nearly 1,900 for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The reason given by a spokesdog for the British Royal Family is that only the crowned heads of state are invited.

Among the invites are soccer star David Beckham and wife Victoria, musician Sir Elton John, and director Guy Ritchie. The screen stars on the coveted invitation list include soul singer Joss Stone and Rowan Atkinson, the man who portrays Mr. Bean. While the inclusion of these invitees may have surprised some, a bigger surprise yet was the exclusion of Katandy's Triple Threat!

Although not on the official list released to the media, Katandy's Triple Threat will indeed be in attendance as guests of Queen Elizabeth herself. Until now, the announcement of the Triple Threat's appearance at Barkingham Palace has been kept under wraps because of the astronomical crowd that the trio will undoubtedly draw.

"We really wanted to keep the appearance of the Triple Threat a secret until the actual day of the event for fear that the Royal Military might not be able to safely guard the palace," said the Queen. "However, a leak to the Puparazzi resulted in a photo of the Triple Threat on the front lawn of the Palace ending up on the front page of The Times."

Green Dewclaw Advice Sought

With my upcoming trip to the American Boxer Club National Specialty in Kentucky, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to squeeze in the trip abroad to attend the wedding. However, as word of the luscious gardens that I maintain at the Brushtown Aboretum has spread across the Atlantic, Mark Lane, Gardens Manager at Barkingham, personally requested my presence to insure that the condition of the gardens are fit for a future king.

"I am extremely grateful that Newman has agreed to arrive at the Palace a few days early to make sure that the gardens are set for the wedding," said Lane. "It really helps ease my mind. Having Newman here to consult with is like having the weight of the world lifted from my shoulders!"

While only a few lucky ones will get a ringside view of the wedding, I am delighted that Monsieur Roger, Lady Thelma Lou, and I will be among them. Although I must admit, I am more excited about attending my first ever ABC National Show the following week.

"Although the media has speculated on the style and designer of Kate's gown, thankfully that information has not been divulged because it symbolizes her personality, her style, and the kind of queen she may one day become," the Queen said.

For Kate's sake, I hope that information can continue to be kept a secret until the big day. However, Lady Lou did receive a phone call last evening from E! requesting an interview about her take on the subject. Could the designer of Thelma Lou's black velvet dress be one and the same? Time will tell when that information is unveiled.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

"Hoppy Easter!"

An Easter Poem ~ by Newman

Here's hoping you have a "Hoppy Easter!"
After you eat your delicious ham dinner,
Don't just sit around on your keister.
Get up and walk around the block, or
Otherwise you'll never get any thinner.

Not a Hoppy Bunny!

An Easter Poem ~ Thelma Lou

To heck with the walk around the block.
I will not be embarrassed wearing these socks.

An Easter Poem ~ by Roger 

Bite me! 
I hate poetry!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A hiking we will go ... A hiking we will go!

Along with fellow members of Dog Scout Troop 161, Roger, Thelma Lou, Mom and I are hiking to raise money for Dog Scouts of America (DSA) in the first annual Hike-a-Thon.

A group hike by our troop is scheduled for May 14th at Fieldwood Dog Training Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While we hope to participate this hike, it may not be possible since we will just be returning from the American Boxer Club national show in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Our overall goal for the Hike-a-Thon will be to hike a total of 10 miles during the month of May. Since Roger and Thelma have such short legs, I feel it's only fair to divide the miles up between us. Roger and Thelma have committed to do 2 miles each with Mom, and I plan to hike the entire 10.

Our goal is to raise $200 as a group. For every $50 we raise over our goal, Mom and I will commit to walking an additional mile. While hiking 10 miles during an entire month may not seem like that great of a commitment, keep in mind that Mom does have a full-time job and hasn't exercised in months -- so this is my way of getting her to get her butt in gear. We are planning to start conditioning tomorrow. You can view our progress by visiting my fundraising page, and while you're there, you might even consider contributing a few bucks to a good cause.

If we reach our goal, which I am confident that we will, we'll each be entitled to a DSA Hike-a-Thon patch.

DSA programs promote responsible dog ownership that include programs to help dog owners enjoy a great relationship with a well-mannered dog while benefiting from each other's company. DSA members strive to solve any problems that come their way with positive and effective training, thus helping to reduce the number of unwanted dogs in shelters by keeping them in happy, lifelong homes.

Since 2007, Troop 161 has raised over $10,000 for charities that help people and dogs, including the Salvation Army, local police K9s, and service dogs. Our troop members actively participate in educational and therapy programs for kids and adults.

Please take a few minutes to visit my fundraising page and check out our progress. Donating through FirstGiving's website is simple, fast, and totally secure. Although donating through FirstGiving it is the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts, we will happily accept cash donations as well, all of which will be recognized on my fundraising page.

As always, many thanks for your support.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Canine Causes

I just want to say thank you to everyone who generously donated to Mom's "cause" for her birthday.

Not that I am one to toot my own horn, but I feel it's my duty as a young aspiring philanthropist to let everyone know how easy it is to solicit and receive funds for your very own cause. While Mom was busy tailoring my sports coat for my upcoming appearance at the American Boxer Club National Show in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, I highjacked her Facebook account and set up a Birthday Wish through Causes to raise funds for a charity new and dear to our heart, Adopt A Boxer Rescue.

Causes is the world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy which empowers individuals to create grassroots communities called “causes” that take action on behalf of a specific issue or nonprofit organization.

Setting up a Birthday Wish through Causes was a way for me to make Mom's birthday special by helping to make a difference for boxers in need. If you have a birthday coming up soon or just have a cause that you'd like to help promote, I encourage you to visit It only takes a few minutes to set up but the rewards reaped are remarkable. We raised $135 for AABR with only a few strokes of the keyboard.

An extra special thank you to the following people for making Mom's birthday extra special by supporting our Cause! You gals and guys rock!
  • Ellen and Baxter Cohen
  • Ted Fickes, Ginny Shames & The Arriba Talisman Clan
  • Debbe Keagy Fry and Cherry Frye
  • Carol and Reese McGuire
  • Grammy Lee Morris, Uncle Mark & The Katandy Kids
  • The Nannettis -- Sara, Rick, Knox, Blush, Torch & Envy