2016 GATHERING (22-24 JULY 2016)
Alright, we are two months away from the annual event at Lake Selmac known as, "The Gathering". There has been a good response leading up to now. Again we tried to lock-in the best date to get as many people and dogs together as possible. I am hopeful that with the help of good friends, we will have yet another successful Gathering.
There are a lot of new puppy owners with puppies from last year's litters and some of those new puppy owners plan to attend this year's event. It is always exciting getting to see new owners with their pups and hear their stories. It is always good to see some older dogs and their owners as well.
We will be at the Mallard Loop Campground again. I know some of you have already reserved tent or RV sites, which is great. If you have not done so yet, we urge you to reserve your campsite early as this is a very popular place.
Be sure to check out the retired breeders while you are here. Kim is still looking to match some retired breeders with current or prior AIDog owners and this would be a good time to see the dogs up close and discuss possibilities with Kim. Also check out the new breeders which Kim kept from last year.
BBQ / POT LUCK
Last year we tried something a little different, which seemed to work pretty well. Some who attended the event last year opted to give money toward the food for the BBQ instead of bringing food. So, for those who would prefer to donate money for the BBQ that option is there. Just to be clear, there will not be a charge for anyone to enjoy the BBQ. The money donated will be used to ensure that we have everything we need for the BBQ. Things happen and people cancel at the last minute. When this happens, food doesn't make it to the BBQ and last minute runs to the grocery store are made. So, for those of you who would rather not deal with trying to go to the store or prepare something for the Pot Luck, this option may be for you.
If you are interested in donating instead of bringing an item or item(s) for the BBQ Pot Luck please let me know when you RSVP. ANY LEFT OVER DONATION MONEY WILL GO TOWARD DOG FOOD AT SONG DOG KENNEL. The donations provided last year were amazing. After covering the expenses for the food and essentials, Allison and I presented the remainder of the donations to Kim. Kim was surprised and extremely grateful for the generosity of the American Indian Dog family.
I am requesting a RSVP from everyone who will be attending. You can post it if you like so others will know you are coming, but please send me a personal message and include the number in your party and the name(s) of your dog(s) you will be bringing. Also include whether you plan to donate toward the BBQ or what item(s) you plan to bring. I will update the pot luck list for all to see. We want to ensure we have enough food and other essentials for the event. For those who are unsure how to send a personal message, just click on my picture profile (it's the picture of Anoki) which will open my profile. Simply click on the "Send Me A Message" button. Fill out the fields and send it off just like an email.
The BBQ Pot Luck will begin early afternoon on Saturday, July 23th. There is a small grocery store about 3 miles away, a slightly larger grocery store about 10 miles away, and the closest Safeway or larger grocery store is in Grants Pass, about 23 miles away.
We have reserved the Blue Gill Shelter on Saturday for our BBQ/Picnic. There is a $100 deposit for cleaning, so please let's be tidy! I will provide more details as we get closer to the event.
POT LUCK SIGN-UP
Hamburger patties --
Hot dogs --
Buns: Burger and some hot dog style (regular-wheat type) --
Gluten Free Buns --
Charcoal and lighter fluid --
Potato Salad, and maybe Another salad? --
Chips (Variety) --
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish) --
Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles --
Dessert (cookies, cake, pies) --
Paper plates and Napkins, and plastic ware. (forks and such) --
Feel free to volunteer your favorites.
I will continue to update as we get closer to the event, so check back often.