By: Bonnie Sweebe
I just returned from a refreshing Sunday afternoon of washing dogs at The Grateful Dog Bakery’s Woofstock Fun Fest 2010.
This was my very first Woofstock event and I wasn’t there as a vendor for WelcomePup.com, either. I was there as a human being, raising money for one of my favorite organizations, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).
The setting for the hippy dippy summer festival of doggy love was four acres of yard behind The Grateful Dog Bakery. Music, vendors, agility trials, fly ball, wiener dog races, even a pie eating contest for man and dog were just some of the events. Billy Rafferty, Oprah’s dog groomer and author of Happy Dog: Caring for Your Dog’s Body, Mind and Spirit, renowned animal portrait artist Michael Vistia and a wide variety of dog rescue and adoption groups were present.
Also there were two extremely well behaved CCI puppies in training. These gorgeous puppies wore their CCI vests like veterans. Needless to say, they were a huge draw. Local CCI volunteers washed dog after dog after dog and enjoyed every sloppy kiss received. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Established in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs. CCI’s mission is to provide disabled individuals with highly trained assistance dogs to enhance lives and to provide ongoing support for the partnership. CCI also provide service dogs for U.S. wounded veterans. Potential CCI puppies are placed with puppy raisers who love, care for and teach the puppies basic commands. At 15 months of age, the puppy returns to CCI for further evaluation, training and eventual placement.