I’m running a little late on this – sorry! I wanted to make sure I got everything down and didn’t miss a bit!
So, we left Des Moines Friday morning so we could get to Chicago early afternoon, stop by an organization Haley had connected with, and then get ourselves over to set up for the Expo. You’d think being one of the few actual LA natives that exist I’d be fully aware of big city traffic and plan accordingly. Did I? Nope.
I swear it took us an hour to get 5 miles.
But, thanks to our friend Tina the GPS, we found “Found” and immediately forgot the dreaded traffic! Since Susan talked a bit about that, I’m going to focus on Brogan! The cutest puppy in the world! And the heroine dog appropriately named Honor who saved his little wiggly butt.
On July 4th Andrea was in the yard with Honor (aka “the Diva”), her one-eyed pittie, when Honor began obsessing about something at the back fence near the trash containers. Andrea tried to calm her but being the good dog person she is, went to check it out. A paw sticking out from between two cans. A tail. Oh no! She thought she’d found a cat that had crawled in to die. What she really found was a tiny, two week old puppy.
Fortunately for the puppy, Andrea works at Found, one of the coolest rescues around (they integrate three parts to make one whole, complete unit). Turned out Brogan, named after the Gaelic word for sturdy and strong - “I thought he’d need a strong name for the hurdles he’d have to get over!” – had parvo. And once the parvo was cured, he had another puppy crisis that he’s now recovered from but that has left him with a few scabs on his ears and an adorably charming tickle in his throat that sounds like a chortle.
So, because I can, here are pictures of Honor, Brogan, and Brogan’s bad case of Honor worship.
All right, enough of that.
We finally left Brogan and his ladies, and headed off to find the Villa Park Expo. We were a bit nervous because we only had til 6 to set up and it was almost 5. We avoided the freeways this time, figuring we’d never make it. Surface streets got us there in about 20 minutes, so we had just over 45 to get our lovely booth put together.
Imagine one of those design shows “You have five more minutes!” That was us. Getting creative, using whatever we could find to get done what we needed to do. Susan will climb on anything and stretch across anything if it will accomplish her mission.
They kicked us out.
The next morning we – and hundreds of other vendors and nonprofits – burst through the doors with an hour of prep time. We were delighted to see our drape had stayed up. Woo hoo double stick tape! We quickly hung the design elements we’d completed in the hotel late the previous night, popped up the banner, and started moving food. Lots and lots and lots of food.
I’m delighted to say we sold our first bag of BOGO Bowl dog food before 11 a.m. What a great way to start the day, watching Susan and BOGO Boy the Dog tromp over to an organization to deliver a surprise bundle of canine deliciousness! Happily, that march continued all day long. We gave away lots of matching bags and the organizations were so happy to receive it.
We also met some amazing Chicagoans (as Susan described) and are looking forward to some events and activities we’ve been invited to later this year.
For now, here are pictures of some of the happy recipients of the “GO” bags of dog food in Chicago.