April has been more rainy than usual and I was awoken at 4:51 AM by a hellacious thunderstorm. The local news stated over 2,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes! I couldn’t go back to sleep, so nervous that the dog walk would be cancelled. Lucky the weather, as capricious as ever during spring, cleared up shortly afterward.
After those mishaps we had a wonderful day! The weather was gorgeous, the dogs were everywhere, and we received a lot of questions and surprise about canine massage. My partner Danelle and I decided our new tagline would be “We Don’t Just Pet Them”. It became quite clear that pet owners feel that rubbing their dogs themselves has the same health benefits as sports massage and acupressure done by certified professionals.
*Let me be clear and say that I fully support pet owners to pet and rub their dogs daily. Not only does it create an incredible bond, but also allows for early detection for problems. That being said, petting is NOT the same as massage. My husband can give me a back rub but I’d rather pay a professional to do it at the spa.*
Our husbands, my kids, and my in-laws came to cheer us on. My daughters were so kind as to draw attention to our booth as they walked around the pet fair. We have our very own PR department and we didn’t even know it.
All in all we received a lot of interest in our organic Fly & Tick Spray and other aromatherapy products, which are all natural and organic.
Of course there were so many great booths that we had to visit. Dean's Natural Food Market, a New Jersey based natural grocery store, was handing out free samples of their dog treats. Yes, they sell dog food and treats!
As expected there were quite a few local animal hospitals. Our friends at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital were in attendance, as well as Barnside Animal Hospital. Atlantic Veterinary Hospital even brought their puppy friend, Duke, to come play. Watching him meet new dogs was probably the favorite part of my day. I would have gotten a photo but I was so intent on playing with him my camera never came out.
A very cool company called Lave Soap makes edgy, beautiful soap and supports animal rescue with a percentage of their profits.
Throughout the day the Monmouth County SPCA chaplain was Blessing the Animals, and holding Dog Weddings! There was also an agility course set up! It was a lovely day had by human and furry alike.
Between our aromatherapy sales and our raffle to Win a Canine Massage, we will be donating a minimum of 10% of our profits to the Monmouth County MSPCA.
What is your favorite way to help animals?
About the writer: Heather Wallace of Monmouth County, New Jersey is a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist, co-owner of Bridle & Bone Wellness LLC, and equestrian & canine blogger at Bridle & Bone. She is an adult amateur equestrian and has two rescue dogs, Gonzo and Beau.