…and the numbers are in

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Welcome to the 2023 Spring Fling
Bubble machine
Somebody gonna turn this thing on?

We added up the numbers and were blown away by the generosity of so many who bid on gift baskets donated by a wide array of companies and organizations as well as silent auction bids made by attendees, and from donations received online at our website for those unable to attend in person. Are you ready for this? I nearly fainted when I heard the total. We raised just shy of $2,800! That’s  $1,000 over the previous picnic held back in 2021.

Thirty-nine people showed up in person to celebrate a fabulous day in a gorgeous setting in Elizabeth, Colorado along with a fair number of dogs who chased one other (and bubbles) while others nanny-sat people who attended. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who made this event such a rousing success. Among the many dogs attending was Conner’, the 2021 AKC winner of the Herding Group (click on the link to watch his Herding Group win at Westminster) who is still a total charmer and had a great time watching over uprights and a couple of babies who attended with their parents. There were even a few ‘honorary’ sheepdogs checking out the festivities including a Portuguese Water Dog and a mixed-breed Saint Bernard, brindle-colored pup who first checked each other out before checking out the ‘pawsome’ gift baskets.

Everyone welcomed

Norman helped at the check in table and supervised the ‘Game of Bones’ game.

Game of Bones

Norman at the picnic

I’m not sure Norman realized Conner was waiting for his bidding paddle. He’s apparently not fazed by celebrities, even the nice ones.

Conner waiting at check-in table
Do you know who I am? 


Here are some of the donated gift baskets that attendees could bid on in the silent auction.

Gift Baskets for OES picnic

OES picnic

Some took a more clever viewing approach by going below the tables jumping the line to check out the baskets.

OES picnic

While others simply backed into their seats to view the tables from a distance.

The crowd visited with one another and then listened to a message by the Board president who welcomed attendees and shared the rescue’s vision as it gears up to fulfill its mission.

OES picnic

The local VFW served up BBQ that was a tasty hit with attendees. Does anyone know why food cooked outdoors always seems to taste better?


Another volunteer supporter made adorable desserts to follow lunch. Everyone absolutely loved those OES cookies.OES picnic desserts

After the event ended, the Board and its ‘advisors’ met to review how things went.

OES Board meeting

It’s a ruff life being an advisor.

Tuckered out OES

Everyone agreed the event was a great success even before the numbers were compiled. Thanks to the hard work of so many people and supporting companies, our rescue will soon be able to begin to provide Old English Sheepdogs with a second chance at a great ‘fur-ever’ home. Thank you for your support-we very much appreciate it.


Live, love bark! 🐾

41 thoughts on “…and the numbers are in

    1. Thank you. It felt great to accomplish something positive to help dogs. Hope you and the pooches are doing well and thanks for swinging by.

    1. Thanks. That kind of response makes all the hard work getting ready for it totally worth it.

    1. Thanks Bean, they are able to pace themselves pretty well, unlike the uprights. 😆

    1. Thank you. It was a lot of work but the reward was well worth it. Another fundraiser this weekend should add to the coffers. Hurrah!

    1. Thank you! It’s given us a big boost emotionally and hopefully will allow us to start finding dogs who need good homes.

    1. Thank you! A really great time was had by all. It was too much fun watching the sheepies chase one another. Trust me when I say there were some tuckered out pups at the end of the day!

  1. Congratulations on the great turn out and the even better amount raised! I’m sure that will go a long way to help. I noticed all the OESes were wearing their summer cuts. Glad you had a good time doing such good!

    1. Thank you. It was a wagnificent event. Most of them had short cuts. Conner and Norman had the longest cuts and Norman is running on borrowed time. LOL

  2. Hi, Looks like a fabulous day. Food is always great outdoors which is probably the Barbecue is so popular here in Australia. The dogs looked, great, the weather good, the location outstanding and a great amount raised to crown it all.

  3. Congratulations Monika, what a fabulous and successful event! 💖

    1. Many thanks. We were very fortunate on the weather and everyone’s generosity.

  4. ***APAWSS APAWSS***
    Concatultaionss Miss Monika an Sweet Norman on raisin so much $money$
    Yore pawtastick an wee wish you efurry sucksess with yore group…..
    ~~~head rubss~~~BellaDharma~~~ an {{huggiess}} BellaSita Mum

  5. Kudos!! I can definitely see why this was a rousing success! Beautiful location, darling dogs, hard work!!!! Those gift baskets looked amazing and those COOKIES! OMG! So creative and adorable! I am with you that food cooked outdoors ALWAYS tastes better! Well done!!! Every dollar was WELL DESERVED!!

    1. Thank you. Aren’t those cookies simply amazing? She makes them for us every year and everyone just raves about how doggone cute they are. We are so blessed to have such a great group of supporters/volunteers. We may be a small group, but we’re mighty. 😍

  6. What a wonderful and worthy event! Congrats on the fabulous numbers and participants!
    Happy Friday to you and yours, Monika

      1. Oh sh*t! How could I shorten my week like that? What was I thinking? It’s my last one before I start full-time work on Monday, to boot. Oy!

          1. I am soooo chuffed!
            It’s company that organises culinary cruises. I’ll be project coordinator. I am finally going to be able to use my people skills – negotiating, greeting people, helping organise tours…

  7. How fun and I get to see handsome Norman too. That’s even better. I’m glad the event was successful.

    Have a fabulous day and upcoming weekend. Scritches to the pups, a smooch to Norman and a bit hug to you. ♥

    1. Thank you, Sandee. It was a great event filled with loads of ‘Norman’s.’ Talk about fun!

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