Many thanks to everyone for a successful Bow Wow 3. It is such an honor to be head cheerleader for a Pooch Parade that gathers more steam each year. Beginning with my employer Melcher & Prescott Insurance and the Board of Directors of WOW Trail right on down to each business whose name appears on the back of our now famous "Kiwi" tee shirt, to every volunteer who helped from handling registrations to setting up shop to managing the two — and four-legged — participants, I give you all my heartfelt thanks. Special thank yous to Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault!
It was a privilege to assist in raising funds for Gilford PD's new K-9, Ike, who will be undergoing life-saving surgery. I am proud to report that we did achieve our goal of $1,500 through the generosity of participants as well as individuals and businesses.
This event runs smoothly thanks to the expert advice from my co-coordinators, Ann Saltmarsh with the support of the Department of Public Works, Janet Brough from SAU 30, and Kevin Dunleavy who heads Laconia's Parks and Recreation Department.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for three amazing editors and their reporters: Ed Engler with Adam Drapcho (Laconia Daily Sun); Krista Marrs with John Koziol (Citizen); and Brendon Berube with Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer). Great coverage!
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" three years in a row: Hali Dearborn's family business, Eptam Plastics; Jodie Herbert of the Inns at Mill Falls; Steve & Nanci Jorgenson of AKA Tool; the Beetle family of Patrick's Pub; Steve Smith Associates; Cindy of Meredith Village Savings Bank; Lee & Brendon of Ameriprise Financial; Bill & Paul of Stealth; Faith of Binnie Media; Mike & Lois of Franklin Savings Bank; Mike of Tilton Vet; Chris of Fratello's; Sarah of Body Covers; long-time BW supporter, Gil Schohan — my deepest gratitude for your support.
Our devoted vendors: Brendon from My Coffee House; Jill Baron Trimble Illustrator; Kelly from Doggone-It-Training; Alix of Homeward Bound; Suzi , the Basket Lady; Bree of Happy Tails Dog Park; Sue of Animal Vibe; Janice of Embroidery N'More and last but not least, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for the much-needed water stations (Woof!).
Our emcee Pat Kelly kept things organized and on track; Father Alan from St. Andre Bessette brought his blessings; Charlie St Clair got us on film; our photographers Bonnie and Dean; our face painters, Regina and her girls; and thanks to all the sign support from these businesses: Interlakes Animal Hospital; Taylor Community; Insurance Outlet; Meredith Village Savings Bank; Belknap Tire; Maui Tanning. Deep appreciation to Caroline Drouin for your tireless efforts in distributing posters and to Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in providing all of our contest prizes.
A picture tells a thousand words. . .see little Miss Remy Bassett, daughter of Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me, and her bodyguard Yeti.
See you next year!
Community Relations Coordinator
Melcher & Prescott Insurance