What a bark-tastic weekend!
Last weekend was Knoxville’s 21st Annual Bark in the Park and Riot was fortunate to participate. We printed the Staff and Crew shirts as well as designed and printed the merchandise shirts sold to benefit the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
We’re proud to say that our donation of design and printcost yielded a significant profit for HSTV, as they completely sold out of merchandise. As part of our sponsorship, we had a booth at the event where we sold Doggie Bro Tanks, exclusively for summer. They read, “I burry my bone in Tennessee.”
***We still have a handful of the bro tanks left, so if you’re interested you can come by the shop or continue to check online – we’ll be posting it soon. ***
We are a company of dog lovers. We each have our favorite breeds, but mostly we just have a love for man’s best friend. As such, this event tugged at our heartstrings. We saw big dogs, small dogs, three legged dogs and service dogs. We saw pure breeds, muts and mixes, babies and granddaddies. All white, fluffy, all black, shaved, brindle, and all the other kinds. Chloes and Jacksons, Gators and Muffins, Lokis and Thors, Rambos and Marleys. We wanted to steal every one!
The most difficult task of the day was put on our Account Manager, Jackie, as she was a celebrity judge for the doggy competitions.
There was the Peanut Butter Lick-Off, in which owners covered their face with peanut butter and the top three dogs to clean their owner’s face first won. The Sock Hop, which had owners running from one end of the field to another, putting human socks on all four dog legs, and crossing the finish line with all four socks still on their dogs – this was a sight to see! There was a costume contest, talent contest and, finally, the judges crowned Mr. and Mrs. Bark in the Park and their court.
The best part of the day was hearing from owners who had adopted their pups. So many human heroes, rescuing dogs from bad situations or shelters. So many puppy heroes saving their owners in return.
One woman had seven pitbulls. Seven! Another only rescued dogs that came from abusive households. There was one story of an owner who trained her rescue to be a service dog for her severe anxiety and OCD; they rescued each other. A lot of people like to had purebred dogs or bought from a litter, which is equally as wonderful, but the stories about rescues were the most touching.
Lessons from the day: Peanut butter melts on your face super fast in 90 degree heat. Dogs love kiddy pools. Jose loves FUNnel cake! When put on the spot, it is rare for a dog to perform it’s usual tricks up to par. Selfies with dogs are tough! Adopt. Spay. Keep.
We had so much fun in our booth, offering treats and Gourmet Toilet Bowl water to all the dogs that stopped by. We look forward to being a part of the 22nd Annual Bark in the Park. For more information about how to adopt a pet from HSTV or how to get involved, visit their website http://humanesocietytennessee.com/.
Thanks, again, to the Humane Society for letting us be a part of such an amazing event!