It’s hard to believe that the Quake Dogs launch party was 2 weeks ago. So many amazing things have happened since the book was released, it’s only now that I have time to sit and blog about it!
For the entire week before the Quake Dogs launch we were obsessing over the weather forecast, it seemed like the weather would not be on our side, and considering it was at the Pallet Pavilion, an outdoor venue, we began to panic, we even managed to get a marquee on standby. Fortunately our Facebook plea for people to cross fingers and paws for good weather worked and it was a beautiful sunny afternoon.
The turnout, not only of people but dogs, was incredible. I’d have loved to have spent more time talking to everyone, but alas book signing duties took up the entire afternoon.
There was plenty going on, kicking off the afternoon was a few words from Laura and myself, as well as Vari from HUHA, and Janelle from USAR. If you want to hear what we had to say head over to my Youtube channel, the sound isn’t fantastic and I was a bag of nerves speaking in public, as I’m sure Laura, Vari and Janelle were too.
We had pupcakes and doggy treats from TopDog Barkery…
Handmade designer doggy wear from Mo’Woof, who also donated this fabulous collar as a raffle prize.
Elena from Animal Physio NZ giving free health checks.
Savoir Dog Groomers doing nail clipping and trims.
And K9 Rescue and Rehoming came along showing off the extremely cute dogs currently available for adoption.
There was plenty for humans too, including Facepainting by Dottypop and Live music.
Stacey from Stacey Downer Photography kindly provided her talent and was our official Quake Dogs Launch photographer, all the images in this post are hers, unless otherwise stated. Our other sponsors, Proud Paws, Hanafins Northlands and FURtography provided raffle prizes and funding for the canvas prints we auctioned off. We also had countless volunteers helping us out on the day.
All in all the raffle and print auction raised more than $2000 for HUHA.
If you were at the launch, we’d love to hear from you, did you bring your dog? Have you got any photos you’d like to share? Head over to our Facebook page and tell us what you thought. There are plenty more photos on the day to see there too.
It’s fair to say that the Quake Dogs book launch will be a day I will always remember, the support and response to the book has been beyond anything I thought possible, so thank you.