Each summer the Whatcom Humane Society presents a day of doggy fun and fund-raising at Lake Padden park in beautiful Whatcom County, WA. This event helped raise funds toward their goal of a new shelter building to replace to 2 sub-standard ones currently in use. There is a fun run/walk around the lake, lots of vendor booths, canine-oriented activities, and Stew’s favorite – the Best Howl contest.
Unlike his triumphant debut in 2010, this year Stewart took 2nd place, coming in behind a harmonica-inspired canine competitor. He was a crowd favorite though, with lots of spectators joining in his heartfelt howl.
At the end of the Dog Day there was still time for kitties. Bismarck briefly tolerates a little love before making his escape. In other news, we have a spiffy new incubator on the way and are looking forward to hatching our first batch of homegrown chicks soon. By springtime we’re hoping to have our breeding program underway, to produce healthy sturdy hens that look pretty and lay olive green and dark brown eggs. We’ll be using the guidelines established by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy in deciding which chickens to keep and which to breed. Their site is chock full of information about heritage breeds from hens to cattle and them some.