Watch Where You Step
When I was given the task of writing a blog for the 2nd Annual Doggie Dash, I quickly assumed that it would be a brief overview of the event that included time, place and a few details of the event along with a link to the website to find out more information. Boom, done! Like any decent writer, I wanted to make sure I had the correct details before I began the project, so I emailed a few questions to the organizer of the event, Robbie Haxton. His response back to me began with, "Hi, Kathy. I'm never very good at these sorts of things, but I'll take a stab at it." Excuse me, Mr. Haxton, I would have to disagree with your statement. Your response to me was very detailed and I could sense the passion you have for this topic through the words you wrote. I not only immediately realized that there was more to this "Doggie Dash" than I initially assumed, I now want to go and support the program. So, in the words of Mr. Robbie Haxton, here is the run-down on the 2nd Annual Doggie Dash.How long has the Bartlesville area been involved in the Doggie Dash?
"While there are several Doggie Dash events around the country, this one isn't connected with any other. This is the 2nd year of the Doggie Dash in Bartlesville."
Who does it benefit?
"The Doggie Dash benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville (ARF) and the Washington County SPCA (WSPCA).
Why do you personally participate?
"My wife is a veterinarian with Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic in Dewey. She had been looking for a way to help out local animal welfare organizations in the area. Since I have been runner for years I am always looking for opportunities to be part of a race. I guess starting one was my way of jumping in with both feet (pun intended?). 2016, our first year, was a success. Everyone had a great time, we raised a lot of money for the welfare organizations and we saw an opportunity to create something magical each year. Since May of 2016 we were able to create Arrowhead Charities, a 501c3 organization, in order to have more giving opportunities."
Where can interested folks go to get more information/sign up to participate?
"Our website is always the easiest place to start: ArrowheadCharities.com. The 5K registration site directly is https://arrowheaddoggiedash.eventbrite.com. Our volunteer page is https://arrowheadcharites.eventbrite.com . Our Facebook account is https://www.facebook.com/ArrowheadCharities/ and it offers the Doggie Dash as an event that can be followed."
Can folks sponsor the event without actually participating?
"We have formal Sponsorship levels that businesses and individuals can participate in. Sponsorships will be taken at any time but in order for them to have their logo/name on the event shirt they must contact us by the end of April. Individuals that don't want to participate in the event can make donations on the website or via the race registration site. For a minimum donation individuals can still receive an event shirt."Robbie's passion for the event really began to shine through when I asked him to send me any other information he would like to have included in this blog. We made the decision to move the location for the 2nd annual Doggie Dash. Last year we utilized the south pathfinder course that starts and ends at the Bartlesville High School. While that course is fun and challenging, there are half a dozen courses that utilize it. During the winter we designed, measured and certified our very own course. The race this year will start and end at Lee Lake (across from Lowe's) next to Cooper Dog Park on our newly certified USA Track and Field course. So, individuals that particpate in the race this year will be part of the inaugural race and hold "Course Records" for at least a year! Also, we will be the first race in the area (to the best of my knowledge) that will offer a choice in race shirts to each participant. We have the normal, every day t-shirt as well as the option of a tank top. I also want to point out that we will be offering 2 dog walks that consist of leisurely strolls around Lee Lake. One begins at 8:30am and the second at 1:00pm. The schedule will allow for individuals to take part in the 5k as well as the Dog Walks.
Since we became a full-fledged non-profit last year, this has opened the door for us to do so much more, and we are! We originally talked about bringing in some food trucks and possibly a couple vendors to make the Doggie Dash more of an event. Well...that idea has taken on a life of its own. On May 20th (overlapping the Doggie Dash), we will have our first annual Canine Carnivale from 8am-3pm to celebrate pets and the people that love them. What a better way to a shine light than to create an event within an event that brings people together who normally wouldn't attend. The Carnivale is FREE and open to the public. We plan to offer a massive vendor area at the Carnivale. Businessess invited to participate will be pet product vendors, general business promotional booths, flea market vendors, food vendors and anyone else that would like to be part of this all day, family friendly event. The Carnivale will benefit Cooper Dog Park and vendor application fees will be donated to the park for maintenance. Doggie Dash spnosors will be invited to set up a promotional booth at the Carinvale in addition to promotional benefits. Kudos to Robbie, his wife Erin and the Doggie Dash team! If you have a love for animals and would like to support this event, I encourage you to take a moment and visit the website for more information. After all, everyone running will see your name/logo on the back of the t-shirt in front of them, alongside PDG+creative and other supporters. Unless, of course, they are in first place and then all they can see is a trophy. If you aren't in the position to sponsor but would still like to help out, you can sign up for a volunteer position here. Don't miss your opportunity to support this worthwhile organization while enjoying a family friendly event! I would actually love to participate in the afternoon doggie walk - would someone please loan me a dog? Permalink to Post »
Bartlesville YP Christmas Crawl
Throughout the calendar year the Bartlesville Young Professionals continually brainstorm for ways they can contribute to the community of Bartlesville. Coming soon on December 16th PDG+creative is pleased to join YPB and others by sponsoring the much anticipated Christmas Crawl benefiting the Bartlesville SPCA. A festive and fun evening is promised as you spend time with friends, make new friends and support a worthy cause all at the same time. An Apple Watch Series 2 will be given away as well as costume and door prizes. The venues included are the HIlton Garden Inn, Shorties Grills, Painted Horse and Angelo's Tavern. Tickets are limited, so plan to arrive early to insure a spot. Starting time is 7:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn and tickets are $10/per person. Sponsors for this benefit evening include CNB, Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic, Bartlesville Print Shop, Recognition Place and Young Professionals of Bartlesville.
While cash donations will be accepted, if you would rather save your cash for the crawl, donations to the SPCA will be accepted via the Venmo App using the handle @pdgcreative.
For more information please contact:
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Who's the Cutest of Them All?
Since the dawn of time Mom's and Dad's, Grandma's and Grandpa's and the world in general have been under the assumption that their precious child is the cutest, most perfect baby ever born. This is a very natural occurence and I will admit that I felt the same way with my kids and now my grandkids. However, in all reality the only parents able to stake this claim were Adam and Eve. When Cain was born he was, uncontestedly, the cutest baby ever born. Then Abel came along and was probably even cuter and, well, we all know how that turned out. However, perhaps, just perhaps your little angel is, indeed, the cutest, most photogenic baby in the Bartlesville area, and, possibly even in NE Oklahoma (and the world). On top of that, you are so confident of this fact that you choose to enter said gorgeous baby in the Sixth Annual Baby New Year Cover Contest hosted by the bMonthly magazine. PDG+creative, along with Truity Credit Union, is sponsoring the contest this year and we are looking forward to seeing all the entries and meeting the most adorable baby in NE Oklahoma for 2017. To find out more details and complete the registration for your beautiful baby, visit the bMonthly website.
Best of luck to each of you! The odds are in your favor since my kids are now way too old to enter and my grandkids live in Michigan, otherwise they would totally win. Permalink to Post »
Bacon - Everyone's Hero
"Either you love Bacon or you're wrong."
"Bacon is going to save the world. I don't now how, but it will."
"You don't realize how much you love bacon until you have no more bacon."
"Bacon. Admit it. For a second there all your problems went away."
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion except people who don't like bacon."
These are all quotes found on the internet, none of which lists the source from which they came and all of which are about - bacon. For the sake of this writing, I'm going to say that #3, "You don't realize how much you love bacon until you have no more bacon",
is my favorite, because today when talking about bacon, we are referring to our local police officers, particularly the Bartlesville Fraternal Order of Police
, and the first annual Chasin' Bacon 5K held on October 15.
Bartlesville Police Officer, Tyler Lee, had started the process of creating a logo for the FOP's upcoming 5K when he became aware of the "Support the B'Ville Blue" decals created by PDG and made the decision to stop by our office and see if we could offer some assistance in completing the process. Our creative team, lead by Natalie Turner
, worked with Officer Lee and came up with the logo shown at the top of the page and Chasin' Bacon was officially born. Officer Lee and his committee worked hard to pull together the first Chasin' Bacon 5K and, in my opinion, were very successful. They ended up with right at 160 runners and netted close to $8000 to be used for community events. I had the opportunity to sit down with Tyler (Officer Lee) and ask him a few questions about the event -How did you come up with the name Chasin' Bacon?
"I was sitting around one evening with a buddy and we were tossing names out and nothing worked. I finally told him that I just wanted to invite folks to chase us or follow our example and run with us. He then threw out Chasin' Bacon and that was it." Do police officers or others consider this name offensive?
"Not that I am aware of. I haven't had anyone mention it to me. As a whole, police officers are not that easily offended. The word "Cop
" was once considered offensive, but that's what everyone says now."What is the purpose of the Chasin' Bacon campaign?
"Bottom line, community service. Whether that be helping families around the holidays, rebuilding bikes/buying new bikes for kids or the Shop with a Cop initiative at Christmas. One example is that recently a Bartlesville Police Officer and his family lost everything they owned in a house fire and before insurance could kick in, the FOP helped out by putting them up in a hotel. We also contributed to the BPD canine program. Helping with needs in our community is how we want the funds to be used."Are you aware of other Cities who have this event?
"Not that I am aware of. However, some area communities have shown interest after hearing about ours. One even hinted at using our brand/logo. Nope.Do you have plans to make this an annual event and when do you anticipate that happening?
"Yes. We hope to have even more participants next year. We are shooting for fall, a date hasn't been set yet."What one thing would you want to say to the Bartlesville Community?
"Join us next year. We are part of the community just like you are and would love to have you join us, run with us and Chase some Bacon!"
So, Bartlesville, keep your eyes and ears open for this event next fall and plan on participating, whether you stand on the sidelines and cheer for the participants or actually jump in and Chase some Bacon! In the meantime, support your local Bartlesville Blue and when you think of Bacon (and I know you will), think of and pray for our local heroes! Permalink to Post »
PDG Supports the B-Ville Blue
Amidst all of the negative commentary surrounding local police officers across our nation, PDG+creative made the decision to host a campaign showing community support for our own B-Ville Blue. Not wanting to just throw something together without thinking it through, our creative team created this decal which includes five stars across the top signifying the five officers who were killed in Dallas last July. The decals were made available to any and all Bartlesville citizens who would like to show support for their local men and women in Blue. The Community response has been overwhelming resulting in Chief Tom Holland and the Bartlesville Police Department showing their appreciation by donating a Bartlesville Police Department throw to be given away as an additional incentive for citizens to participate and display the decal.
As a result of the B-Ville Blue campaign, Mitchell Antle, CFM, Commissioner, District 1, with the Washington County Board of Commissioners reached out to PDG about creating decals showing support for all Law Enforcement in Washington County. "The elected officials of Washington County, through the Board of County Commissioners, have agreed to support a "Back the Blue" campaign to be inclusive of all Law Enforcement entities in operation in Washington County. Furthermore, the Board recognizes and thanks all Law Enforcement, throughout our great Nation, for their continued efforts in providing public safety in our communities." Those decals can be picked up at the Washington County Commissioners office in the Washington County Admin Building at 400 S. Johnstone, Room 201.
If you have not yet had a chance to pick up a Support the B-Ville Blue decal, we still have some available and would love for you to stop by and pick one up. Or two or three.
Here at PDG our hope and prayer is that each of our men and women in blue return home unharmed at the end of each day
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