Special Fundraising Events

Straydog has attended


First Annual Straydog Golf Tournament
Held Friday, November 11, 2011
A big success!

Click here for the YouTube video of the helicopter ball-drop.
First prize ($1,000) was won by Patrick Gent, one of the golfers in the tournament. His ball
landed about six inches from the hole. The second place prize ($250) went to the ball that
landed farthest from the hole. It was won by a school teacher named
Carolyn Kelly,
who announced to her class that she had won when she got the call from us to her cell phone

Click here for some photos of the golf tournament..
Special Events Team attended
Hogfest 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

David Rentz reports: Good day in Ben Wheeler; app taken on Rooster!

Longtime Straydog supporter Claire Vrana
organized a FUNDRAISER for Straydog held last night
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the
Broadway Bistro Cafe
in the lovely historical Carrollton Square
1101 S. Broadway Street, Carrollton, TX 75006

A Very Big Thank You to longtime supporters--Claire, Christine and Judy--and the Broadway Bistro Cafe in Carrollton, TX for a very successful fundraiser last night! It was a very fun evening and brought in over $800 for our furry rescues at Straydog! Wow! Thank you so very much for everyone's support! We appreciate you very much, Claire, Christine and Judy!

Straydog Special Events Team attended the
Edom Art Festival
Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linda reports: Good weekend in Edom! Lots of donations! Sold lots of Straydog Golf Tournament Raffle Tickets! Lot of people say that if they win the "Ball Drop Raffle," they'll donate their winnings to Straydog!

Straydog Special Events Team
attended a special event at
Elite Suites Dog Boarding & Day Care
in Rockwall/Heath, Texas
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Full Day of Fun!
David reports:
Fairly busy; lots of our supporters visited; fun time for all!

Click here for a report with photos of this special event.


Straydog Special Events Team attended the
The Southwest RV Super Show
at Dallas Market Hall the weekend of 9.16,17,18.11.
And we want to give Special Thanks to Scott and Cathy Chaney of
Explore USA for their generosity, including providing Straydog
with booth space at The Southwest RV Super Show



Straydog Special Events Team

attended the

Fort Worth Home & Garden Show

at the Fort Worth Convention Center

Saturday, August 13, 2011 -- 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. +
Sunday, August 14 -- 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Click here for report.

Straydog was very excited to be an exhibitor at the
Ultimate Summer Boat & Outdoors Show
Dallas Market Hall

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 15, 16 & 17, 2011




The Straydog Special Events Team (including dogs) attended the
25th Annual Taste of Dallas in Fair Park - July 9 & 10, 2011
Very, very busy day, for Tom and Linda and David and Matt, passing out newsletters and adding
many names to our mailing list while receiving lots of contributions to Straydog and some adoption
applications for our dogs. It was a very busy weekend for the Straydog Special Events Team!


Click here for the FRIDAY-SUNDAY May 20, 21 & 22, 2011 Daily Straydog Update

Straydog Special Event Team had a booth at the famous
Wildflower Festival
- An Arts and Music Festival in Richardson, Texas
May 20               6 p.m. ­ Midnight
Saturday May 21           11 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday May 22             12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Linda and Tom Arnold talk with a passer-by at the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, Texas.

Click here for complete report on the Wild Flower Festival.


Straydog had a booth at and took dogs to the
Mineola May Day Fair
A good old May Day fair featuring lots of local traffic and fun
­ May 13 ­­ 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Saturday ­ May 14 ­ 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Both days were chilly, windy and slow.



Straydog Special Events Team
(Tom, Linda, David & Matt + Dogs Harry Potter & Romo)
Mesquite's Real Texas Festival
at the Resistol Arena
( Mesquite Rodeo)
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(Straydog occupies BOOTH #37.)





A was donated to
S t r a y d o g
at the
34th Annual International - 2011
Guitar Show
Dallas Market Hall
FRIDAY, April 15th - Noon till 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, April 16th - 10 till 7
SUNDAY, April 17th - 10 till 7

PRIZE: A brand new, very good donated guitar
(MAKE & MODEL to be announced)

TICKETS: $5 each; 3 for $10; 10 for $20

All proceeds go to Straydog!

Flash! Our Raffle at the Guitar Show this past weekend has produced a winner: Tom and Linda delivered the guitar to winner Brenda Taylor of Emory, Texas, who reports that her grandson Nick will be receiving this great gift! Brenda is an avid dog lover and has one dog and two cats waiting for her at home Congratulations Brenda!

Brenda Taylor holds the new Fender guitar she won in our raffle,
as Tom and Linda's dog Zeus watches the presentation through the car window.




We were also at the
Oak Cliff Earth Day
Sunday, April 17th, Noon till 5 p.m.
Lake Cliff Park - South Part
With Dog:
Harry Potter





Straydog occupied Booths C-2 & C-3
(located to the left immediately inside the
front door where tickets are purchased)

at the
Dallas Auto Show
at the Dallas Convention Center

April 7 - 10, 2011

Click here for a complete report on this event.


2 Recent Special Events:

#1 - Natural HealthFest

Saturday, April 2nd - 9:00 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Plano Centre
2000 Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX   75074

Terry-dog and Tuffy-dog will be our attending guest stars
This event is being presented by Martie Whittekin. host of
The Healthy by Nature Show - www.radiomartie.com

This is an event with a lot of health information
for both humans and animals!




#2 - Petapalooza at Ben Wheeler

Saturday, April 2nd - 10:00 a.m. till 5 p.m.

The Big Park at Ben Wheeler, Texas

We will be joining a large number of rescues,
all bringing many dogs for adoption.

Straydog will take along as many pups
as we can squeeze in the van.




Straydog had a booth at the
North Texas Golf Show
at Dallas Market Hall

March 18 - 20, 2011


Click here for the complete report on this event.



Straydog attended

2 Special Events:


North Texas Irish Festival


Fair Park

Saturday, March 5, 2011 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 6 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Our booth is in the
Automobile Building



Ben Wheeler Petapaloosa

Saturday, March 5th we (Juana and Bill) set up our booth
at the Ben Wheeler Park and were there till three p.m.
with Puppies Embry and Otis. There were dogs
(and people) from a lot of other shelters there too!
It was cold with strong winds from the north, but
we saw a lot of people and handed out lots of
Straydog newsletters and talked with lots of people.

Juana sits next to the puppy corral with Straydog newsletters in her hand.

Juana fastens a collar onto Puppy Embry to be able to take him for a walk.

Lots of people came by our booth.



Straydog attended the

Dallas RV & Camper Show
at Dallas Market Hall

Friday, February 25, 2011 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Linda's Friday report from The Dallas RV and Camper Show ...

When we arrived at Dallas Market Hall, the temperature was 36 degrees, and we weren't very excited about being located outside. When I went inside to check in, the events coordinator said they were not going to let us be out there in the cold, and they found us a place inside. After some adjustments, we settled into a great indoor booth. We saw two of our regular contributors today, and a nearby vendor was very interested in Big Foot. All three of our attending dogs (Heidi, Lee and Big Foot) attracted a lot of visitors as we had the three dogs right in front of our booth area. Volunteer David Bonski arrived at our booth about mid day, and he helped us a lot with the dogs and visitors. We had a fun day meeting new people, and we're expecting to be extremely busy Saturday. Let's keep our paws crossed! We will once again be located indoors in the Explorer USA area, which is about 25% of the show.


Saturday, February 26 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Linda's Saturday report from The Dallas RV and Camper Show ...

The RV and Camper Show continues to prove that there are many nice people in this world, and we should always remember that. Saturday provided an ongoing steady flow of visitors, and we had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of our current supporters and to make many new friends. Our rescue, Terry, was a show stopper and received a lot of attention a lot of our visitors shared stories of their labs. Tuffy with his unique markings and his hound-sounding bark brought a lot of curious visitors to check out what we were all about. A visitor nick named his curious breed, pit and Dalmatian, as Pitmation, which will stick. Jeff Hartman, a supportive volunteer, and foster parent to Oscar, spent the day helping us and hopefully to find a forever home for his black lab mix Oscar, who is a wonderful year-and-half-old pup. We will be at the show from 11 am Sunday morning until 6 pm Sunday evening. If the camping and RV show are in your plans, please stop by our booth as we are inside sharing space with the very special people from Explorer USA group.


Sunday, February 27 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Linda's Sunday report from The Dallas RV and Camper Show ...

Sunday at the RV and Camping Show! We were able to sleep in a little Sunday morning as the show did not open doors until 11 AM. Maria, our 3-year-old Black Lab mix, and Tabitha, a Beagle mix, behaved beautifully during the last day of the show. Volunteer Jeff Hartman was also present with his Black Lab Oscar, who is such an adorable pup. For some reason, maybe because Saturday was so busy, I did not think Sunday would have as much traffic. Well prove me wrong! We arrived to refresh our booth at 10:30 and have some more coffee before the day officially began. At 11 AM the doors opened and the crowds flowed in. It was another wonderful day, and we were able to talk and visit with so many nice people. A longtime supporter of Straydog, Lana Isom, assisted us during the day. Lana was terrific at sharing the story and bagging dog treats. As most of you know Breeder's Choice Dog Food Company has provided us with dog treats that are of excellent quality and made from all natural products. We re-bag the treats into smaller gift bags and hand then out at these special events we're attending. During the RV and Camping Show we gave out over 1000 bags of treats. These gift bags certainly attract the attention of those touring the show, and that provides us the opportunity to share the amazing story of Straydog. We had several adoption interest inquiries on the dogs who attended this event over the weekend, and we advised them of the Straydog adoption protocol. To best serve our mission we must ensure that every dog who is placed in an adoptive home be the best match for that family. Once we are able to place a dog with a loving family, we want the adoption to be a success so that we open a spot on our "lifeboat" for another rescue in need. Yes, the RV and Camper Show was a great success for Straydog, and we hope to see many of these visitors become a part of our support group over time. Again, a special thank you for providing complimentary space for Straydog to Explorer USA and to Mary Campos and the entire staff of the RV and Camper Show event.
Also please join us next Saturday and Sunday at the North Texas Irish Festival. We will post our booth location as the time gets nearer!







There was no Adoption Day at Petsmart this weekend, but ...


A complementary booth was donated to
S t r a y d o g
for us to attend
The Dallas Winter Boat Show
at Dallas Market Center

Straydog is in Tent 2, Booth 1921

Volunteers Barbara and Joanne.

A boat at the Boat Show.

Tom stands in our Straydog booth.

Matt Rentz, David Rentz and Tom Arnold pose behind our Straydog table while Linda Arnold snaps the photo with her phone.

Friday, February 11 from 3 to 9 p.m.

Linda's Friday report from The Dallas Winter Boat Show ...
Tom and I arrived at Dallas Market Center right at 1 pm, and David had the guest stars, Big Foot, Heidi and Lee, already in our booth, which is not located in the major traffic flow, but our neighboring booths have informed us that Saturday and Sunday it will be busy. Even though it was Friday night and with a kind of remote location, we still saw a fair amount of traffic, gaining 24 names for the Straydog mail list, and two people who are already Straydog contributors stopped by. We had interest in our two little Dachshunds, Heidi and Lee, and David and Matt walked Big Foot around our immediate area, pulling in a lot of attention that way. ... More to come as the show goes on ...

February 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Linda's Saturday report from The Dallas Winter Boat Show ...

Saturday was quite a busy day with visitors walking through in groups. We had a lot of fun visiting with people. Barbara Sucher and Joanne Pollard were scheduled to assist, and they both showed up along with Todd Carr. Todd spent much of the day walking through the show floor with one or the other of the dogs. Terry was quite an attention getter, and one lady is extremely interested in possibly adopting Terry-dog. We were fortunate in adding 89 more names to the Straydog mail list, bringing the total to 113 new names so far. Hopefully Sunday will be as good or better!

Sunday February 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Linda's Sunday report from The Dallas Winter Boat Show ...

WOW! Today turned out to be a great visitor day, complementing the beautiful weather. Volunteer Deb Hartman arrived at 10:00 and stayed all day with us. Deb was terrific in showing off the dogs and talking with our visitors as all of our gracious volunteers were.
Maria and Tabitha were great show stoppers, and Ms. Maria would sit up so nice and pretty. She was unbelievably well behaved.



Click here to see Special Events Straydog Attended in 2010