Sunday, October 19, 2014

Doxies take over West Palm Beach waterfront

Dachstoberfest lived up to its name on Sunday when hundreds of dachshunds took over the Great Lawn in West Palm Beach.

The third annual event featured a Doxie Dash, a costume contest and over-the-top accessories for the owners. I took Sadie, my 1-year-old Cairn terrier rescue. Here is what we saw and heard:

Love the costumes these doxies are wearing! But who invited the poodles?
My friend, Taylor Jones, was doing a brisk business with her doxie-themed
wares at Dachstoberfest, her first one exhibiting as a vendor for her Hue Dew line.

A woman swaddled her doxie as if it were a baby.

This dog carrier has a prestigious label: Outward Hound.

Sadie, lower right, cowers as the doxie barks at her for trying to
inspect the contraption these dogs wore to help them move.

Note this woman's purse, the latest rage in faux doxies.

The woman with the wiener leash received many comments
about her leash choice. 

Doxie sporting the latest style in collars for Halloween.

My favorite costume was this obvious choice: wiener dog
dressed up as a hot dog.

The crowd lines up to watch the Doxie Dash, held inside a fenced area. They
were cheering and yelling just as they would do at a human sporting event.

And now, for my numbers

I had my best walking day last week on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, when I walked:

Steps: 10,845
Miles: 5.4

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visiting West Palm Beach GreenMarket on opening day

During the summer, when forced to eat greens from California, I longed for the return of the GreenMarket in West Palm Beach. Local produce rules there. That's why I happily stopped by the GreenMarket before my Saturday yoga class at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dogs in church in Boynton Beach

I adopted a small female dog from the Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton last week. It was just in time to take her to my favorite Palm Beach County animal blessing service* at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach. The idea of dogs and other animals inside a church makes me smile.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office sent representatives
of its mounted unit.

Sadie, my 1-year-old Cairn terrier mix, dove under the pew as soon as the
choir music started.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Walking in Susan's shoes in Okeeheelee Park

Part of the SpenWen team walking through Okeeheelee Park.

I'd like to think it was my doing as captain of the SpenWen team that attracted more than 75 adults, kids and dogs to join us Saturday morning for a 2-mile stroll through Okeeheelee Park.

But it was the smiling and inspirational Susan Spencer-Wendel who drew the crowds and the money, over $50,000 raised so far, in the fight to Defeat ALS.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recycle workout shoes at Okeeheelee Park

Shoes for the Cure container sits inside the Okeeheelee Nature Center.
The Okeeheelee Nature Center has bins to recycle plastics, paper, glasses and ... shoes. Yes, shoes!

I was shocked to see the Shoes for the Cure container, next to the pamphlets describing various nature activities at the suburban West Palm Beach park and elsewhere in the county.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WellFest coming to Delray Beach

Vinyasa yoga will be demonstrated by Yoga Journey staff.
When WellFest comes to Delray Beach March 8-9, it will take over the Delray Center for the Arts for two days of fitness, food and healthy lifestyle options.

Delray Beach was selected because of its "feel-good vibe" and numerous health and fitness-oriented businesses, according to WellFest creator Bob Lipp.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join the SpenWen team in Okeeheelee Park

John Wendel, his wife Susan Spencer-Wendel and their dog Lenny wore
flower-power outfits and Afros in January to the 2014 ALS Kick-Off Party.
Aching to do the Twist? Want to dance the Mashed Potato or the Madison?

Maybe you prefer just to walk. Family and friends of Susan Spencer-Wendel are gathering in her honor on Saturday morning, March 22, in Okeeheelee Park. They will be part of the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS with its '60s theme of Peace, Love, Walk.