Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 Paws on Parade.

We are so proud of our local Humane Society ... and of the community of people who support them. Of course I am especially proud of my kiddos who give of their time to love and assist the animals, fund raise for the shelter, and participate in events such as the 2010 Paws on Parade ...

This year was epic for the event. Despite the sad shape of the economy, the shelter was able to raise a record $40,000! Amazing! This is due in large part to the wonderful staff at the Bangor Humane Society ... ESPECIALLY Miss Danielle Coutu, the Volunteer and Events Coordinator. She put her heart and soul into this event and it showed :)

Here are some of the critters who attended ...

To see more gorgeous four-legged critters (and some fairly gorgeous two-leggeds) in attendance, please check out my Flickr page.

Come join in the fun next year! The event takes place every October on the Bangor Waterfront. Mark your calendars. Oh, and speaking of calendars ... DON'T FORGET TO PURCHASE YOUR 2011 BANGOR HUMANE SOCIETY CALENDARS!!! We need 500 orders to get the best deal at the printers ... so please purchase yours right away.

PLEASE NOTE: If purchasing by mail, please send your checks to Studio 36, 1746 Stillwater Ave, Bangor ME 04401 and NOT the address on the order form. Thank you :)

Enjoy your furry friends.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Our Champion.

Meaghan quit cross-country last year. She certainly had reason to ... but she hated that she never completed the season. The thing is, she doesn't even really like cross-country. But, she is not a quitter. So, in her stubborn determination, she signed up for cross-country again this year ... and by golly ... she completed the season!

But Meg didn't just complete the season ... she rocked it. She made nearly every practice. She mentored some of the younger runners. She enthusiastically participated and helped to encourage team spirit and pride. She devoted herself to it. And her efforts paid off big.

This season, Meg received a ribbon at every meet except the one she got sick at (and she even ran while sick!). Gotta love that stubborn determination.

And - for her final championship race - she not only "placed" (as they call it) but she ran her best time ever!!! And her team went on to win the Championship for our region!!!

This girl has sure been through many personal trials in the past couple years. But she is a fighter. And this cross-country season has shown me that she has more inner determination than I may have given her credit for. We bought her the shoes and gave her the rides she needed ... but she did the rest. We are so very proud of her.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who have been encouraging her to be her best self. Your messages are getting through ... loud and clear.

Now maybe Meg can encourage me to join that dodge ball team I have been SO wanting to join. (It's for real! And they play other area dodge ball teams. How cool is that?)


PS. Love you Meg.