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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HomeSlice Pizza's 4th Annual Carnival-O-Pizza to benefit Austin Pets Alive!

HomeSlice is throwing a party to celebrate their 4th anniversary, and to benefit Austin Pets Alive!  I went to this awesomely fun carnival last year, and I entered the eating contest.  Though I didn't win the eating contest, I had a blast watching some break dancing and hopping into the Annie Ray Photo Booth.  If I hadn't mentioned it, I love Annie Ray.  I go to some events just to jump into the photo booth.  

Photo by Austin American Statesman Photographer

Here's the lowdown on the event. Bring the kids down to SoCo for games, carnival-style booths, raffles, live music, break dancers, contests (Pizza Tossing, Extreme Pizza Eating, Pizza Box Folding, and “Hands on an Eggplant Sub”), beer, pizza (obviously) and much more!  To sign up for the contests, stop by for a slice at Home Slice Pizza before the carnival to fill out a contest card, or check the web site for more details.

WHEN:            Saturday, December 5, 2009
WHERE:            Home Slice Pizza
                         1415 South Congress Avenue
                        Austin, Texas 78704
                        (512) 444-7437

TICKETS:            This event is free and open to all who love pizza and everything South Austin has to offer. Carnival tickets to participate in raffles and booths will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds will go to Austin Pets Alive!

For more information about the event, visit

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Central Texas SPCA 21st Anniversary Gala, Nov. 19th and Rags to Wags

Here's two fun and classy events benefiting the Central Texas SPCA and the Austin Humane Society.  Enjoy!


NOV 19, 2009 6:30pm

Please join us at The Long Center for The Performing Arts and help us celebrate our 21st Anniversary while honoring our 2009 Animal Advocate of the Year, Nicole Mlakar-Livingston! Enjoy a delicious dinner, live jazz from Kris Kimura, and a silent auction plus other fun activities all benefiting the CTSPCA's adoption programs. Tickets are on sale now and sponsorship opportunties are available.
For more information on sponsorship levels, please contact

 Update: Rags to Wags is now sold out.  Congrats and have fun to all that are attending!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pre-Turkey Day Weight Pull Nov. 15th - open to all breeds

Located in South Austin off 1626 behind RailRoad BBQ: Please see for specific directions.

If you are interested in the IWPA sanctioned weight pull competition
  (Sunday), weigh in will be at 8:00am. Pulling starts at 8:30.  Weigh in NOT
required for novice rounds. You may enter any
of the novice rounds up to the time it begins.

Weight pull general info:

Any dog can participate and earn a title through IWPA for weight

What's the fee? Free for spectators. $10 for novice rounds - enter
when you get there. Consider novice rounds a training session and a
chance to see if your dog enjoys it. I will have harnesses for you
to use. Most dogs take to a harness quickly. $25 for competition rounds.

What can my dog get out of weight pulling? Physical activity,
confidence building, socializing, and improving their relationship
with you.

What do I need to train my dog to do before then for weight pull?
The come or recall command. Your dog should have basic control.

What's the most weight a dog has ever pulled? The most I've seen is
50000 lbs.  Most dogs in healthy condition can pull 10x their body weight without any additional physical training.

When do I enter? On the day of the event. Novice can enter any time
before the round begins. Professional/competition rounds must be entered and
weighed in before the start of the pull.

Who can participate? Anyone and any breed. No registry or club
membership required.

What should I bring? Your dog on leash and yourself. Camping chair
and crate if desired. I will have harnesses available for dogs 20 lbs
to 160 lbs.

My dog is small. Is there anything for us to do? Yes! Even
the "little" ones can weight pull. There have been Jack Russells and
Italian Greyhounds that pull with success!