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The B.O.N.E.S. eleventh annual Beagle Bash took place on Saturday, September 27th at the Collinwood K-9 Services in Auburn, MA. This year's theme was "The Beagle Big Top Circus" and it was certainly the greatest beagle show on earth. The weather couldn't have been any better; the volunteers stepped right up to help; and most importantly, beagles, beagle wannabees, and their owners came out to join us in celebrating B.O.N.E.S. eleventh year as a rescue organization.
The pictures say it all! Thank you to everyone who took pictures and sent them in. You started snapping pictures the minute you walked in the door and didn't finish until the end of the day!
We had some great demonstrations and special events going on all day. Kate Fantoli had a great K-9 Noseworks demonstration where beagles and their people learned a fun search and scenting activity (a great game for any hound dog!). There was a demonstration from US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers and beagles where people learned how beagles protect our country from harmful plants, pests, and foreign animal diseases. We had a representative and her beagle Lucy from PAWS to PEOPLE, a pet therapy non-profit organization. They brought great information about their organization, which provides people in need with therapeutic animal visitations. Thanks to our own Lisa DiNicola, dogs could get their nails clipped and their ears cleaned. We know a lot of people took advantage of these services... thank you, Lisa! Let's not forget the relaxing massages the dogs got from the dog massage vendor. We also had a great pet photographer who took pictures of everyone's dogs. There should be some great holiday cards this year with those pictures.
The 2015 B.O.N.E.S. Calendar was on sale. Lots of people took advantage of buying it at the event and avoided postage charges. We had many other great vendors and sold lots of B.O.N.E.S. merchandise too. We hope you took the time to stop, visit, and buy things.
The Beagle Big Top Circus cake was just beautiful. A big "thank you" to Pat Nelson for taking responsibility for ordering the cake and bringing it to the Bash! Thanks also to Janice Jakielski for designing the amazing beagle circus image we had on the cake. A lot of people were seen really enjoying the cake.
Pizza, soda, and cookies fed everyone and many took advantage of the Beagle Cafe! Canopies, tables, and chairs were set up for people to sit down, eat lunch, and talk to other beagle owners. Thank you to Chuck Bowers and Jack Courtney for all of your time. You made sure everyone got fed and really enjoyed themselves.
As always, doggy games were a big hit. A lot of beagles participated this year and a lot of dogs went home with some great prizes.
The raffle baskets and silent auction items were beautiful. A lot of raffle tickets were in each box when it came time to pick the winners. Thank you to everyone who donated this year. We know the winners were very happy!
We'd like to thank the 2014 Bash Committee for all their hard work. Robin Brousseau had a successful year as chairperson. She could not have done this without the amazing help from the committee. Robin wants to thank Tina Bellomy, Sally Bashalany, Lisa Natanson, Mary Clare Springer, and Pat Nelson for all their hard work to make this day such a success. A big "thank you" to advisor Sharon Vartanian; her tremendous input, B.O.N.E.S. experience, dedicated support, and time were key to the success of this event.
The committee also wants to thank Mary Clare Springer and Charlie Ross for all of their IT expertise and web site management! Thank you to Abbie Pimentel for making all of the great signs again this year. Making signs takes a lot of time and we appreciate all your hard work. Another big thank you to Pat Nelson for filling out all the raffle tickets that people bought through PayPal™.
Thank you to our wonderful Volunteer Director, Marlene Bernhardt. She put together a great picture "montage" of some of our beagle alumni that everyone enjoyed watching and it reminded us all of why we do what we do for the beagles.
We would like to give a big thank you to all four members of the Board of Directors. Thank you for your support and helping out where ever we needed it throughout the day. Sandy Bowers, thank you for helping sell merchandise and raffle tickets; Ibby Nathans, thank you for your help at the registration table; Clay Odell, thank you for staying late and helping us clean up; Sharon Vartanian, thank you for doing just about every and all jobs throughout the day.
Last but not least - the Committee wants to thank all of the volunteers who helped set up for the day, worked their shifts then stayed on if help was still needed, and stayed to clean up. The Committee wants to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did. Thank you, thank you, thank you!