Friday, July 18, 2008


As the dog days of summer approach, so does the Fourth Annual “WoofStock Fun Fest Pawty” at Grateful Dog Bakery, 31966 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville.

The annual anniversary event takes place Saturday, August 2 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, August 3 from 12-4pm—all benefiting area rescue organizations Love-A-Stray, Fido’s Companion, Middleburg Heights Animal Foundation and Erie Shores Humane Society. The weekend promises fun for humans and canines, including an animal communicator, a caricature artist, face painting for humans, agility demos, games, contests, races, pet massage, nail trims, microchipping, information booths, pet and child ID kits and refreshments. Admission is free and parking is $2. (It is recommended that you carpool.)

“We started the event as a way to celebrate the store’s opening at our first anniversary, and it’s evolved to become much more than that,” says Nancy Winrod, owner of Grateful Dog Bakery. “Every year we add on more vendors and activities, which allows us to raise even more money and awareness for the animal rescue groups we support,” she adds.

The following is a breakdown of activities by day…

• SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 10am-5pm
Onsite for Saturday will be local rescue groups Love-A-Stray and Middleburg Heights Animal Foundation with pets available for adoption.

Also onsite will be Pet Caricature Artist EJ; Animal Communicator Doris Straka; Author Holly McCain signing her books; Photos in the Flower Patch; agility demonstrations; “Weiner” and small dog races; face painting for humans; Paint Your Own Portraits by your dog; a demonstration by the North Ridgeville Police K9 Unit; skinny-dipping pool for dogs; contests; games; prizes; human refreshments by Café Aroma of North Ridgeville; raffles; and free child finger-printing and ID kits for pets and children by Farmers Insurance. Barkyard Vineyards “Wine for Dogs,” Haagen Paws Ice Cream and Cool Treats will be available for dogs.

There will also be information booths by Wholesome Pet Distributing, Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.), Canine Companions, Skunkhaven Rescue, Forever Friends Pet Care Center, and K-9 Companions Training.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 12-4pm
Onsite for Sunday will be Fido’s Companion and Erie Shores Humane Society with pets available for adoption.

Sunday’s activities will also include all of the events and vendors that are onsite for Saturday.

Sunday only will be: Nail trims, Teeth brushing and Eye cleaning by Designer Doggies; Pet Massage by Pet Kneads; Microchipping by Avon Lake Animal Hospital and human refreshments by Rita’s Italian Ice of Westlake.

Grateful Dog Bakery specializes in all natural, freshly handmade canine treats and desserts. The store also offers holistic dog and cat food, a full line of supplements, natural flea deterrents, spa products, clothing, leashes, collars and toys.

Nancy and her staff coordinate Doggie Birthday parties and many other special events, including “Yappy Hours,” Red Cross pet first aid certification, dog training and pet massage. Grateful Dog Bakery is proud to offer many American-made and green products. The store’s commitment to excellence has earned it a Fox 8 “Best Pet Supply” nod and a Cleveland magazine “Best Pet Boutique” award. Grateful Dog Bakery is also a finalist in the “Best of the West” contest sponsored by West Shore magazine.

Grateful Dog Bakery is located at 31966 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville. The store is open Tuesday through Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. The store is closed on Mondays. Call (440) 353-1990 or log on to for more information.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Get your pet on the APL calendar!

This is one of my favorite pictures of my boy Duffy. Pick out your favorite pet picture and send it to the Cleveland APL for their 2009 calendar.

The August 1st deadline for photo submissions is rapidly approaching so I wanted to make sure you had all heard about this totally fun project.

Here’s what you do:

· Take some photos of your pet and select your favorite.
· Submit it to the Cleveland APL’s Make Your Furry Friend a Star Calendar Contest along with a registration form (available at along with the $25 entry fee per photo.
· Wait on pins and needles to receive your FREE copy of the calendar in October!

A panel of local celebrity friends will judge the entries and select 12 pictures that will be featured as “Pet of the Month.” Even if your pet’s photo isn’t selected for a month, it’s guaranteed to be included somewhere on the pages of the 2009 Cleveland APL Pet Calendar.

All proceeds will support the programs that serve the homeless animals cared for and loved by the people of the Cleveland APL.
For more information, visit, call 216.771.4616; ext. 128 or email

The Rules
· Photos must be of pets only—no people, please!
· You may complete the registration and payment form online and then submit your photo(s) electronically via email to with Furry Friend in the Subject line WITH your name and contact information in the body of the email OR by mailing a color 4x6 horizontally-formatted photograph to our regular mailing address ATTN: Furry Friend with your registration form and payment.
· We cannot accept Polaroid photos or copyrighted professional photographs, and we cannot return the photographs.
· Do not stamp or write on the back of the photo.
· For digital photos, provide sharp images that are 300 dpi or larger and in JPEG (JPG) or TIFF format. Please name digital files with the pet’s first and last name, i.e. “FidoJones.jpg.”
· All entries will be blind judged by the Cleveland Animal Protective League and the top 12 selected photos will be featured as “Pets of the Month.”
· All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2008, and will be included in the 2009 calendar.
· Those chosen for “Pet of the Month” will be notified by phone or mail.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Look at these precious faces waiting to be adopted

She is as sweet as pie and as soft as black velvet. Blackie, a one year old spayed female Retriever mix was confiscated from her previous family, as they left her abandoned for over a week. She is very sweet, but still quiet and timid. A nice patient family and a comfortable home could truly break her of her timid nature. Give some Tender Love and Care to Blackie’s kind and gentle soul—and she will win your heart over forever.

An outdoor cat, taken in during the Winter, then brought to our shelter. Chloe is a two year old spayed female Domestic Shorthair awaiting her permanent home so she does not have to live outside in the elements ever again. She has been here a few months and is antsy to meet her new family. Check out her phenomenal long white whiskers and gorgeous yellow-green eyes! Take this tiny little lady home today for a snugglefest!
Look for The APL's "Cats on Tour" throughout the summer. For the next location site, go to Stop in to the Cleveland APL at 1729 WIlley Ave. in Tre

Holden Arboretum Seeks Volunteers

The Holden Arboretum is accepting applications for volunteers for the fall months. This unique experience offers individuals the opportunity to share their knowledge and love of the outdoors. Holden understands that volunteers will commit a great deal of time and energy to Holden, but the rewards of this commitment are the satisfaction of helping others increase appreciation and understanding of horticulture and the natural world.

School guide
Become a volunteer school guide and lead groups of curious children through Holden’s magical world of trails, ponds, fields and lush gardens. This is a great way to give to the community and treat yourself to a great outdoor experience this fall season. All hands-on, this opportunity does not require lecturing, plus volunteers will share their experience with like-minded adults in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

VIP Guide
Volunteer Interpreter Program guides enjoy leading tours on foot or by tram. Knowledge of horticulture and a love of the outdoors is a plus. Volunteers receive expert training on Holden gardens and collections. Share your love of nature with other like-minded adults in a warm and friendly setting.

All volunteers receive training and guidance from Holden experts. Training sessions begin in August. If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend the colorful and exciting fall months, Holden is the place to be. Applications for guides are being accepted now. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Holden contact Stefanie Galbreath, volunteer coordinator, at 440.946.4400, ext 157, today.

The Holden Arboretum
9500 Sperry Road
Kirtland, Ohio 44094

About The Holden Arboretum
Covering 3,500 acres and documenting more than 100,000 plants, Holden connects people with nature for inspiration and enjoyment, fosters learning and promotes conservation. Holden’s horticultural focus is on the documented collection of trees and shrubs, which are displayed in gardens accompanied by groundcovers and perennials, in themed collections and natural areas. A partner in the Greater Cleveland Biodiversity Alliance, Holden is a significant source of environmental and ecological research and conservation efforts.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Michael Buble is available again girls!

Emily Blunt and Michael Bublé have parted ways after three years together. "They are no longer a couple," Bublé's rep Liz Rosenberg confirms to PEOPLE. The Golden Globe-winning British actress, 25, and the 32-year-old crooner met in 2005, when she popped backstage to say hello to him after one of his concerts. Each was the other's biggest cheerleader. "I get tears in my eyes when I see him onstage. It's overwhelming," Blunt told PEOPLE last year. The feeling was mutual for Bublé. "Every time I see her onscreen, I fall in love with her all over again," he said. After Bublé, Blunt's second biggest fan was her boyfriend's mom. "I love her," Amber Bublé, 53, gushed to PEOPLE this spring. "In fact if he doesn't marry her, I'll kill him. But we'd find someone in the family to marry her because we're not letting her go, ever. She's just the best thing ever and they're perfect together." But the strains of a long distance relationship may have weighed on the couple, who shared a home in Vancouver. With their busy acting and touring schedules, "It's not easy," Bublé told PEOPLE in April.

Olivia Newton John marries John Easterling

OLIVIA Newton-John wed new husband John Easterling twice in less than 10 days - the first a secret Incan ceremony on a Peruvian mountaintop.Newton-John, 59, and millionaire Easterling were the only people allowed on the peak for the spiritual ceremony on June 21. The couple then headed back to Florida to make their union legal with a beachfront wedding on June 30. They kept the news quiet until a barbecue at the singer's Malibu home on July 4. The details of the South American ceremony and follow-up US nuptials have been revealed in Britain's Hello! magazine. It appears the pair sold the rights to the big-paying UK magazine, which also snapped up the rights to Greg Norman's recent wedding to US tennis star Chris Evert in The Bahamas. "He's made me the happiest woman in the world," Newton-John told the mag. Newton-John and Easterling, met 15 years ago through mutual friends but only started dating a year ago. Friends say the couple, with a love of the outdoors, meditation and herbal remedies, are a perfect match. The relationship blossomed as Newton-John was overcoming the latest chapter of tragedy in a life that has had extreme highs and heart-breaking and near fatal lows. "Our relationship was born out of our mutual love of healing," Easterling said. "We were simply made for each other." Newton-John is one of the world's most loved entertainers. Fans have been entranced by her music and film career, that includes four Grammy Awards, five No.1 hits in the US and the film musical Grease, which became a classic of the genre. But, with the success, Newton-John has also been dogged by tragedy. In 1992 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, in 1995 she divorced husband Matt Lattanzi and in 2005 her boyfriend Patrick McDermott went missing during a fishing expedition off Los Angeles. He has not been found. Newton-John's 22-year-old daughter Chloe has also had a highly-public battle with anorexia.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Free lunch at Mall C

Thanks to all who joined us for the WDOK American Family Insurance Free Lunch at Mall C on Wednesday. We'll do the next one Aug. 20th at Mall C! Thumbs up to summertime!!!!!!!!!