Horse Training with Juan 2016

TBAR-Juan-Vendrell-Horse-Training-2016True Blue Animal Rescue hosted a horse training day with trainer Juan Vendrell TcRanch Horsemanship. This educational event is a wonderful opportunity for both horses and people to learn. Juan is an accomplished horse trainer, instructor and author who has helped train many of our rescue horses. Go to www.tcranchhorsemanship.com for more information.
For information on upcoming events at True Blue Animal Rescue or to schedule and educational event go to www.t-bar.org and email help@t-bar.org

Dogs at Buccaneer Blackout again!

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David G. Michener, Director of Student Leadership & Activities at Blinn College in Brenham invited True Blue Animal Rescue to bring dogs during their Buccaneer Blackout week again! During this week of exams they plan events to help the students relax and destress! What better way to do that than by hugging and petting a rescue dog! We brought several rescue dogs to help the kids and of course, it’s a wonderful outing for the dogs too. They got lots of exercise, love and attention. Several of these dogs are available for adoption. To see which are adoptable view our pets, and if you’d like to adopt please email help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349.

Texas Unites Recap: 2016

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Six True Blue Animal Rescue members went to Texas Unites for Animals in Austin on April 22 – 25. We learned about fundraising, marketing, animal care, rescue management and so much more. Not only did we learn we had fun and won prizes too. Dale won a cat catcher (bottom left) and Linda won a cat carrier with other pet goodies inside. (bottom right). This fabulous event was brought to you by all the sponsors on the center bottom poster. We can’t thank them enough for helping the people of Animal Rescue learn more so we can help more animals!

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From Melanie:

One of the sessions I attended at Texas Unites for Animals was called ‘Take the Time to Save Time’ and the presenter was Carl Youngberg.

Rescuers spend countless hours helping animals in addition to other jobs and taking care of family. Time management is something we can all benefit from. This slide really struck me though because we feel like we’re spinning our wheels sometimes and wasting time but we love what we do so it’s never a waste!

It is important to prioritize what we’re doing to make sure that we focus on tasks that contribute toward a long term goal. For rescuers that’s helping animals but it’s also sustaining a viable rescue that can maintain and continue to rescue animals for years to come. After prioritizing tasks we need to evaluate and be sure we are doing those tasks. To help with this we can ask ourselves questions at the end of the day such as:

  • What went right today? What went wrong? Why?
  • What time did you start on your top priority task?
  • What stopped you from getting to your priority task?

Write down the answers on a log and adjust your day so you can get to your priorities the following day.

A final slide presented said it all: “Plant a Thought, harvest an act. Plant an act, harvest a habit. Plant a habit, harvest a character. Plant a character, harvest a destiny.” Rescuing is such a worthy cause and we need more people standing strong for animals. It’s very important to balance rescue, family and fun time so we don’t burn out and can stay in it for the long haul!

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From Amy Hemsell, recap on Social Media for Crisis Communication, Presented by Rebecca Poling.

Social media can go in one of two directions, good or bad. Social media is where people turn to for information now. Statistics show that 76% of adult internet users are now active on social media, 72% of those use their smart phones instead of computers. There are 342 million active Twitter users & 1.49 billion active users on Facebook.

Bad news travels fast, but people will listen if you are out telling your story. News media sources are just one sided. There are two types of crisis, man-made such as PR & natural disasters such as weather, fire, etc. There are four steps to take 1. Prepare/Anticipate 2. Buy Time-assess the situation 3. Disseminate Information 4. Wrap Up

For step one know who is talking about you, establish notification & monitoring systems, identify and know your stakeholders, make friends with the media especially ones that cover animal stories, identify your team & spokesperson ahead of time or your Point of Contact/Public Information Officer, & build a good offense. The best defense is a good offense. Show how hard the group is working & the good you are doing. Post things to identify the agency/group such as staff, vehicles, uniforms, etc. People get agencies confused so add graphics of various agencies with contact information.

In step 2 buy time, gather information and assess the situation, Release a holding statement or a generic statement which are careful calculated responses. Assess the situation online, or gauge the temperature. Holding statements are messages designed for use immediately after a crisis breaks. They can be developed ahead of time, can be used in a variety of scenarios, & don’t require hard factual information. Basically they are bland, factual, show empathy, action, & transparency. Get the holding statement out quickly after a crisis. Do not let media find other sources for news since this is how rumors get started. If you must respond to comments do so without being defensive or releasing details. Like comments that are supportive of the organization.

Step 3 is disseminating information, get the facts out. This is the opposite of the holding statement. Use social media as your “bulletin board.” Create a phone message that states refer to Facebook or other social media sites used. If there is a media release explain who, what, why, where, & when.

In step 4 it is time to wrap it up. Include “about us”, “contact info”, “additional information.” Never respond negatively or to something you do not understand.

Another thing to watch out for is if you have Facebook posts set for scheduled times to be posted, be careful of past events. For example, a website for guns & ammo scheduled a post that was released the day after the massacre shooting at the movie theater in Colorado that stated “Happy Friday shooting” This would be an example of a man made crisis. Always be vigilant and proactive and this should be your best offense.

Give Back Day at Chili’s – March 14

Give-Back-to-TBAR-with-ChilisWe are going to have a give back day at Chili’s in Brenham on March 14th. That means that we will receive 10% of what is spent at Chili’s that day from anyone who eats there on that day and mentions True Blue Animal Rescue or brings in one of the coupons we are sharing in the post comments. Mark your calendar to eat at Chili’s in Brenham on March 14th. Let’s make it a day full of Animal Rescuers eating at Chili’s on 2700 Wood Ridge Blvd in Brenham, TX! Thank you to Chili’s manager Keri Vincik for your support!
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UPDATE

GREAT NEWS! The give back day for True Blue Animal Rescue will be at the Chili’s in Brenham AND the Chili’s in College Station on March 14th. That means that we will receive 10% of what is spent at both Chili’s that day from anyone who eats there on that day and mentions True Blue Animal Rescue or brings in one of the coupons we are sharing in the post comments. Mark your calendar to eat at Chili’s in Brenham OR College Station on March 14th. Let’s make it a day full of Animal Rescuers eating at Chili’s on 2700 Wood Ridge Blvd in Brenham, TX OR on 1063 Texas Ave in College Station, TX! Thank you to Chili’s manager Keri Vincik for your support and to the Chili’s manager in College Station too!
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Event Recap: Adoption Day Recap

TBAR-Adoption-Day-Brenham-PDCTSeveral TBAR members gathered at Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails in Brenham, TX on Feb. 13th. Valentines day weekend was the perfect time to share our foster dogs with the community and enjoy the beautiful sunny day. Here are a few pictures in front of the store. Lisa, the owner of Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails is an animal rescue advocate and supporter. She welcomes us to have adoption days in front of her store any time and has even let us put adoptable cats in the store so they could find new homes. Thanks to her two cats were adopted! Check out Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails next time you are in Brenham. They have everything you need and more!!

Event Recap: Chili Cookoff 2016

The chili cookoff was a huge success! The weather was fantastic so a lot of people rode or drove out to say hello, meet our dogs, eat some chili and bid on our wonderful silent auction items. Thanks to all of you we raised a LOT of money to pay vet bills this year. Thank you to all the wonderful TBAR volunteers for working so hard to make this event a huge success. We are all thankful to Independence Harley Davidson for hosting the event and to CASI for organizing chili cookers. Thank you to Leannasaurus Rex for the excellent music and to all of the chili judges for testing and selecting the best chili of the day. We had more chili cookers this year then ever before so it must have been a difficult task. In True Blue Animal Rescue we face a lot of challenges and see a lot of the negative things that people do to animals. Seeing the huge gathering of good people that care about animals and come out to help gives us renewed faith! Thanks for reminding us that good people that care far outweigh the bad. Knowing that keeps us pushing forward toward our mission to END abuse, neglect and overpopulation and we will never give up until that happens. Thank you for being a part of our team!

Buccaneer Blackout: Dec 2016

We were invited to bring TBAR rescue dogs to an event at Blinn College in Brenham on December 10th, 2015. The purpose was to give the students something fun to do that would releive stress. Knowing that animals are great stress releivers David Michener, the director of student leadership and activities at Blinn, came up with the great idea to bring rescue dogs to the college for an event he called ‘Pets for Less Stress’. It was something new and we weren’t sure how well it would be received so I never imagined that when we got there we’d see over 100 students waiting to love on some rescue dogs. This turned out to be one of my favorite events. It was good for the students and good for the rescue dogs too. Just look at all the smiles in these pictures. We look forward to doing this again in the spring when exam time rolls around again and this time we’re going to bring a lot more dogs!

Upcoming Event: Chili Cookoff

TBAR-Chili-Cook-Off-2016ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!! Vendors and chili teams welcome. Rescues and shelters are welcome to join us with pets too. Email help@t-bar.org or fun@indpendenceHD.com or call 979-690-1669 if you want to participate. Hope to see you all there. Please share!!

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info!

Chili Cook-Off with cash prizes!
All you can eat chili for $5 starting at noon
Leannasaurus Rex Band
Silent Auction

Chili Cook-off:
CASI – $20 entry
H-D Challenge – $10
50/50 Bean – $10 entry
People’s Choice – Free to enter; $500 is cash prizes!

Proceeds benefit True Blue Animal Rescue

CHILI COOKING RULES

A. CHILI COOKED ON SITE – All chili must be cooked from scratch on site the day of the cookoff. All chili must be
prepared in the open (no cooking in motorhomes, etc.).
1. CHILI COOKED FROM SCRATCH – “Scratch” is defined as starting with raw meat. No marinating is
allowed. Commercial chili powder is permissible, but complete commercial chili mixes (“just add meat” mixes
that contain premeasured spices) are NOT permitted.
2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI – Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted.
3. SANITATION – Cooks are to prepare and cook chili in as sanitary a manner as possible.
a. INSPECTION OF COOKING CONDITIONS – Cooking conditions are subject to inspection by the head
judge or his/her designee and CASI Referee. (Failure to comply is subject to disqualification.)
b. COOKS MAY HAVE TO TASTE THEIR CHILI – At the discretion of the head judge or CASI Referee,
chili cooks may be required to remove the lids from their chili cups and taste their chili before turning in for
judging. (If a contestant refuses, his or her chili will be disqualified.)
B. ONE CHILI PER COOK – Each head cook is responsible for preparing one pot of chili that he or she intends to be
judged and turning in one judging cup from that pot. No more than one judging sample can be taken from any one
pot.
C. COOKS MUST SIGN NUMBER SLIPS – Chili cooks must sign their secret ticket slips in ink with their first and
last names at the time cups are issued. A cook will not be eligible to win (place in the top 10), if their secret ticket is
unsigned when presented. NOTE: Cooks must present their signed secret ticket to win.
D. PROTECT THE JUDGING CUP – Once judging cups have been issued, each head cook is responsible for his or
her judging cup. Cooks must not remove or tamper with the ticket on the outside of the cups. Any marked or altered
cup must be replaced prior to turn-in or it will be disqualified. (See Sections A.4. and 5. for cup replacement.)
E. FILLING CUPS – Cups must be filled to ¾ inch from the top of the cup or to the level designated at the cooks’
meeting.
F. CHILI TURN-IN – Chili will be turned in at the place and time designated at the cooks’ meeting or as otherwise
designated by the head judge.
G. PYROTECHNICS – No chili contestant may discharge firearms or use any pyrotechnics or explosives at a chili
cookoff. Contestants discharging firearms and/or using explosives or other pyrotechnics will be disqualified from
the chili cookoff.
H. PENALTIES – Failure to comply with CASI rules will result in disqualification of an individual cook for the
cookoff. Decisions of the official(s) are final. In case of disqualification, the CASI official monitoring the cookoff
will immediately notify the head cook and give a reason for disqualification. In the event disqualification of a cup
of chili occurs after judging has started, it is not necessary that the cook be located or given an explanation for the
disqualification.