Patrick Lomantini is already in the Guinness Book of World Records (for cutting hair for 72 hours straight), and he is setting off to do the same again! This time his goal is to do 50 haircuts in 50 states in 50 days. What's more, he is not being paid for his efforts--all proceeds are going to a local animal shelter. So fifty shelters are going to be getting a little extra media coverage, and a little extra donation. This is a very innovative way to bring the plight of shelter pets to people's attention. In Washington, donations will benefit the Seattle Humane Society. If you want to be a part of this, Lomantini will be cutting hair at the Gary Manuel salon in Seattle on September 9th. Suggested donation is $20. I'm going to have to try and squeeze that into my schedule!
The Seattle Times has a good list of dog-related events for the month of September. Some highlights are dog-friendly hikes with the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, the 5k PAWSwalk in Seattle, the annual Pooch Pool Party at Steward Heights pool in Tacoma, and at the end of the month, the Vashon Sheepdog Classic sounds like it will be loads of fun to watch!
There were a few dogs in the News as well. In Alaska, an incredibly brave woman punched a bear in the nose to save her dachshund. A toy poodle led firefighters to a man asleep in the basement of a burning house. Without that pup they may not have found him in time! This next story comes from Cuba, where a farm dog has been suckling piglets. The piglets chose the pup over their own mother!
Don't forget to include you pet in your Labor Day plans! Make certain that your pup is securely leashed, fenced, or crated in case of fireworks or rowdy neighborhood barbecues, lol. It's going to be be a hot one, so make sure that if you are headed out you bring along water for yourself and your pup.
Enjoy the long weekend!