TBAR at Brenham Christmas Stroll 2014

True Blue Animal Rescue Event: Brenham Christmas Stroll

TBAR at Brenham Christmas Stroll 2014

The Brenham’s Downtown Christmas Stroll & Lighted Parade falls on the 2nd Friday after Thanksgiving each year. TBAR is excited to be participating in the parade with a float this year!

The Downtown Lighted Parade & Ice Skating is Friday, December 5 from 4pm – 7pm. It kicks off with the lighting of the Courthouse Square Christmas trees and continues with the parade through downtown with special guest, Santa Claus, showing up on a fire truck at the end!

Santa will be taking photos at the Gazebo, and there will be a 2,000 square foot synthetic ice rink, FREE, on the corner of Alamo and Douglass (across from Must Be Heaven) – skates are provided onsite. There will also be dance performances, live entertainment, Jingle Bell Market, and ‘Sip, Shop and Stroll’ in the downtown shops.

Event Announcement: Octoberfest Burton

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Just announced! TBAR will be at the Second Annual “Oktoberfest Burton”, hosted by the Burton Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

This event is the Chamber’s main fundraiser for the year. Funds raised will benefit current projects aimed at the civic, economic, industrial, agricultural, educational, tourist and general welfare interests of our community. A portion of the entry fee for the Weenie Dog Races will be donated to True Blue Animal Rescue.

Gates will open at 3:00pm with a $5 gate admission. The Event will kick off with the Burton Cub Scouts Flag Raising Ceremony, followed by the Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg. Live German music and celebratory German Singing will conclude the opening ceremonies. The Running of the Wieners (Dog Race) will begin at 4:00p.m. Ladies Stein Races will start at 5:00p.m. and Beer Barrel Races will start at 6:00p.m. At 7:00p.m.,visitors can participate in Burton’s Biggest Chicken Dance. The LIVE AUCTION starts at 7:30p.m. Local and German Vendors will be selling their wares and fun and games will be available for the kiddos. Dress up in Lederhosen or Dirndl to enter the “Best Dressed German Lady and Man Contest”.

The John Holub Polka band will play under the big top from 3:00p.m.to7:00p.m. and Slim Bawb and the Stump Grinders will follow and play until 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy Authentic German Food & Ice Cold Brews while you polka through the night. We hope to see you there!

Event Recap: Fall Open House 2014

Last Saturday, August 30, TBAR welcomed the public to join us at Melanie’s home for an Open House event! Melanie has many puppies, dogs, and horses that she fosters (with her husband Dale), along with their own family pets and petting zoo. Visitors and kids enjoyed meeting the animals, hearing about TBAR, and even celebrating when one lucky horse got to go home with a potential adopter! If you missed out on this event, keep an eye open for our Family Fun Days, and our next Open House in the Spring!

 

Event Recap: Horseman Market Days 2014

Equestrian Market Day was successful for another year. This event was held at the Brazos County Expo and sponsored by The Brazos Valley Driving and Riding Club. It’s a great opportunity for horse enthusiasts to buy things for their equine hobby at bargain prices. Even though it was hot, humid, dusty and a lot of work, at the end of the day, we want to do it again. For Tbar it’s a great opportunity to make money to help the animals. Thanks to the many wonderful people who donated horsey items for us to sell, we did just that. Lots of people stopped by to say hi and to browse through everything Tbar had displayed to sell and to learn more about rescue. This type of exposure is very important for the public as well as a learning experience for our volunteers. Thank you to all who braved the heat and worked hard to make this event a great success. The following pictures show a great turnout both from Tbar and the public. It is events like this that take lots of work and dedication from our volunteers, as well as officers and staff.

Upcoming Event: TBAR Open House August 30

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Have you ever wanted to meet some Texas animal rescue pets while talking to volunteers about the rescue? Now is your chance! On August 30, 2014 one of our TBAR foster homes will be hosting an open house. Come out and meet ABLE camp horses and visit with some TBAR dogs. We will have our T-shirts and cookbooks for sale, and a few refreshments as well. Kids are welcome to tour as well. Join our Facebook Event Page for more info, or you can email help@t-bar.org or call (936) 878-2349

Upcoming TBAR Event: Horseman’s Market Days 2014

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Make plans to come out and support True Blue Animal Rescue on August 6th at the annual Horseman’s Market Day! We will have many items for sale (including saddles, blankets, halters, and clothing). All money raised will go directly to the care of TBAR animals! We will be able to take payment by cash or check only.

Would you like to donate some horse-related items to TBAR for us to sell at the event? Please email help@t-bar.org or call (936) 878-2349 and we will be happy to accept your generosity!

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Event Info:

Horseman’s Market Day, also known as Equestrian Market Day or The Horseman’s Flea Market, is sponsored by the Brazos Valley Driving and Riding Club. It takes place this year on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Brazos County Expo – East Pavilion building. The address is 5827 Leonard Road, Bryan TX 77807 (just East off of Highway 47).

There is free admission and free parking. Shoppers can expect to find all sorts of new and used equine-related items. There will be all sorts of vendors and you can buy, sell, or trade all sorts of equine-related items. There were over 150 booths last year in the 60,000 square foot sales space! Please note that there will be no animals on site.

There is a concession stand on site. Dress appropriately and be aware that the facility is not air conditioned, but it is kept comfortable with large ceiling fans.

Please consider printing the provided poster and helping to spread the word about this event! The more people that attend the more likely we are to raise more money to help Texas animals in need! Printable poster

Carnival at the Dog Park 2014

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True Blue Animal Rescue and many other organizations were asked to take part in the Carnival at the Dog Park event hosted by Animal Friends of Washington County. The fun started off at 10am and didn’t let up until 3 in the afternoon. T-bar was at the event with face painting, kids’ games, dogs up for adoption and an agility area.

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If you missed out on the day’ events here are just a few things you missed out on. At the event was the Vida Nueva Ranch with two Texas Longhorns that were saddle broken. People were allowed to sit on a longhorn and have their picture snapped. A few T-bar volunteers had some fun with that! Also on hand for the festivities was the Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas. They brought some of their friends like an african tortoise that was 14 years old named Calvin. He was huge, tipping the scales at 170 pounds! Also with them were snakes, lizards and a few more turtles. Some of the reptiles were even rescues. The T-bar crew could not pass up looking at their booth!

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Even the Brenham Police Department’s K-9 Patrol Division stopped by to demonstrate how a Police Officer and his four legged partner work together. Officer Seth Klehm and his K-9 coworker Ronny let the crowd see why it’s never really a good idea to run away from the police. They did this demo with the help of fellow officer Lance Wiess. The crowd was really interested in the information given, and everyone was impressed, of course, with Ronny the German Sheppard K-9 Officer.

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Many other groups were on hand and the crowd could even register for door prizes. What made the event really special was the fact that families were encouraged to bring their own dogs, provided they were current on shots and were on a leash. There was even a pet parade that took place at noon that many proud dog owners and their four-legged companions took part in.
A special surprise was in store for True Blue Animal Rescue president and founder, Melanie Deaeth. As she worked away painting kids’ faces a family brought a dog by the tent where she was working and suddenly Melanie had tears in her eyes. It was a T-bar rescue dog now named Trooper who T-bar rescued not once, but twice. The dog was instantly recognized by long time members Lauren Lee Sarlya and Teresa Gaskamp. Melanie, after she finished painting a little girl’s face, dropped to the ground and hugged Trooper, who has one of the best families around.
But the surprises did not stop there. Teresa decided that Melanie could not pass up the chance of sitting on a Longhorn (and I may have prodded too!) So after throwing her up on a beautiful Vida Nueva Ranch steer we started walking back to the T-bar area and then Melanie stopped in her tracks. Before her was another couple with a T-bar rescue dog that was adopted almost five years ago. A dog that Teresa also knew that was named Skip. Melanie was so excited to see another dog in such a happy mood. These little updates mean the world to people in rescue, because you never forget where an animal came from and it’s battle. Once they find a home they are out of sight but NEVER out of mind.

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If you missed out on this year’s event you will want to go to the next one. It’s a great way to spend some time with your whole family. T-bar wants to thank all the volunteers that showed up and to all our friends that dropped by, made a donation and said hello. We cannot do our mission without you.

 

 

 

Carnival at the Dog Park 2014

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Animal Friends of Washington County presents Carnival at the Dog Park this coming Saturday (June 7th) from 10AM-3PM.

Come out for some great demonstrations and exhibits, including: Brenham K9 Police (see narcotic dogs in action!), Miracle Farms, Texas Reptile & Hospice Sanctuary, Brenham Humane Society, Faske Longhorns (photo-ops), Kids Bounce House, quick-draw portrait of your and your pet, AND – TBAR!

The TBAR booth will be featuring: Info booth and adoptable dogs, kid’s games, hoppy pony races, face painting, and dog agility training demos and experience.

Animal Friends will be serving free food (hotdogs!) and drinks from 11am-2pm and door prizes!

Pets are welcome (on leash), costumes are optional, and there is a pet parade at noon.

Address: 3901 Highway 36 North, Brenham Texas

For more information (and to check on any changes due to inclement weather) visit: http://animalfriendstexas.org/dog-park

TBAR would like to remind everyone that this will be a fun event for the whole family, but please be aware of your dog and the dogs of others. Dogs that are comfortable in their own home may not be as comfortable in a new situation or they may get overstimulated. Pay attention to your furry friend’s body language to avoid any surprises. Also ,watch out for dogs that may have gotten away from their owners and if you see one, pick up your dog or get them on a short leash quickly (dogs on leash sometimes seriously dislike being approached by a dog off-leash). If you see a dog get away from their owner you can help them by squatting down, calling in a happy voice, and/or showing a treat to get their attention. Never chase a loose dog in a crowd!

We hope to see you there!

First Annual Lifetime Membership Appreciation Meeting

 

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This year True Blue Animal had it’s first annual Lifetime membership appreciation meeting. We wanted to give those members that have made lifetime contributions a chance to come out, meet the animals and find out how their donation is being used. Our TBAR volunteer staff and officers brought snacks and were all there to talk about what we are doing to help control pet population, stop abuse and neglect and find homes for our wonderful foster animals. Everyone loved hearing about the new training program and Trainer Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Ventures was there to talk about how he’s been helping the horses to become more adoptable. We also talked about our summer ‘Read to Ride Camp’ and what that will mean to the children in our community.

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In addition to just talking and sharing information they were able to go out and meet the animals. Zelda, the zorse, enjoyed the visitors and getting some extra attention and treats! The other horses were happy to partake in eating the carrots that the members brought and getting some extra pets and attention.
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Lifetime members have donated $500 or more to True Blue Animal Rescue. These donations help us continue to take in rehabilitate and find new homes for animals. We were happy to be able to show our appreciation to our lifetime members and plan to make this an annual event. I hope to see everyone back again next year and more!