Month: June 2013

What’s that Smell? You Mean It’s Not Dog Poo?

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Okay…. yesterday at the grocery store I was in one of my “my Hubs is so wonderful” moods that I wanted to do something special for him.  So I bought a – gulp – can of Spam which he loves and hasn’t had in the 7 years we’ve been living together.

The woman in front of me in the checkout line was buying all organic (which is my preference); like a little kid, I hid the Spam behind the cauliflower and under the blueberries until it was my turn and she was long gone.

ANYWAY, just now I was working in my office which is on the 2nd floor of our house.  Yuck…. what is that smell?  Did one of the dogs take a dump inside?  (Rudi, I’m gonna kill you!)

I headed out in the hallway and realized the smell was coming up from the first floor.  No kidding… and I yelled… DID YOU OPEN THAT CAN OF SPAM??

No answer from the Hubs who apparently was in the man cave (ground floor, finished daylight basement).  So ran downstairs, opened the refrigerator and saw a container with leftover Spam in it.  Headed all the way down, and the Hubs was just happily swallowing his last bite of a Spam, American Cheese and white bread sandwich.

Apparently, Spam – when heated in the microwave – smells like you-know-what.

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RFP: Designated Non-Profit Status for the Greater Bangor Pet Expo

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Bangor Pet Expo Designated Non-Profit Proposal Form

Proposal Guidelines 

Thank you for your interest in being the designated non-profit for our upcoming show!

Please complete our Request for Proposal Form to help us in our decision-making.

Applications are due on June 15, 2013 with a decision made by June 30, 2013.This allows us more than four months of marketing & public relations regarding the winning organization – and we expect that you will use this time to market your role in the event, and the event itself.

The Designated Non-Profit receives the following:

  • A free exhibit booth in a prime location
  • Name & logo on all promotional materials including most tickets
  • Press releases specific to  your organization
  • Free entry for up to six members of your organization
  • We will encourage donations from all attendees at the door of the show (advertised in advance). You tell us what you need.
  • A 3 minute introduction of your organization from the podium each show day.

Your completed one-page  proposal must reach What a Great Event! no later than 06/21/2013. You can fax it to us at 207 / 784.3950, email it to LSnyder@regroupbiz.com or send it via snail mail.

We don’t want you to miss the deadline, so hurry and get your proposal in to us!  Good luck!

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos.

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!

RFP: Designated Non-Profit Status at the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo

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Greater Andro Pet Expo – Designated Non Profit Status Form

Proposal Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in being the designated non-profit for our upcoming show!

Please complete our Request for Proposal Form to help us in our decision-making.

Applications are due on June 14, 2013 with a decision made by June 28, 2013. 

This allows us nearly three months of marketing & public relations regarding the winning organization – and we expect that you will use this time to market your role in the event, and the event itself.

The Designated Non-Profit receives the following:

  • A free exhibit booth in a prime location
  • Name & logo on all promotional materials including most tickets
  • Press releases specific to  your organization
  • Free entry for up to six members of your organization
  • Wewill encourage donations from all attendees at the door of the show (advertised in advance). You tell us what you need.
  • A 3 minute introduction of your organization from the podium each show day.

Your completed one-page  proposal must reach What a Great Event! no later than 06/14/2013.

You can fax it to us at 207 / 784.3950, email it to LSnyder@regroupbiz.com or send it via snail mail.

Just complete the attached form (click on the link above) but hurry – you don’t want to miss the deadline!

And Good Luck!

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!

Animal Rescue on a Limited Budget? The Maine Pet Expos Offers Several Options!

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A member of our Facebook group (https://facebook.com/groups/mainepetexpos) just asked how a rescue could get involved and have a booth at one of our Pet Expos, even though they have very limited budgets. 

Here’s my answer:

There are several ways. First, I do want to point out that the standard 6’d x 8’w booth is $249 for the two days, and the over-sized 6’d x 12′ wide is $329 for the two days. (These come with full pipes, drapes, tables, chairs, etc.)

While those prices are a lot less than home shows and business expos charge, I know they’re still too expensive for most rescues that operate on a shoestring and depend on volunteers.

So here are some options:

a) we will give a rescue an over-sized booth for $149 (that’s less than half of what everyone else will pay),

b) we’re assuming that could still be a bit too expensive, so we’re willing to help you find a kind soul or organization that will sponsor you by paying that $149 for the rescue,

c) if the booth is paid in full during our Early Bird Rate, which ends June 30th, it’s only $126.65,

d) we have “Non Profit Resource Tables” that are absolutely no-frills: no linens, no pipes & drapes… just a 6 foot table and a couple of chairs; the space is about 4′ deep by 8′ wide… the cost is $95, or $80.75 during the Early Bird rate period,

e) we have a Designated Non-Profit RFP that animal rescues and other non-profits can apply for, with one organization getting a free booth with full pipes and drapes, etc. The Pixel Fund was awarded that designation last year,

f) we have a very limited need for volunteers, and will donate $10 per hour of approved volunteer time to the exhibiting non-profit of their choice (The Pixel Fund got a few dollars out of that last year, too).

Another option is to come up with an idea that could help us mitigate our own costs, or would be an even exchange for expenses we already have planned… for example, if you owned a newspaper and could give me free advertising (with money I was already planning on spending), in exchange I would donate that money to the (exhibiting) non-profit or rescue of your choice.
We’re more than willing to be creative, as long as we can make a living at the Pet Expos and other events we’re doing!
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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!

The Maine Dog Blog

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A while back I started writing The Maine Dog Blog, and got off to a great start.  Unfortunately (for me, anyway), I really love writing about our dogs and those we foster for a couple of local rescues, and found that I could easily spend all my time just writing about those amazing (and sometimes amazingly frustrating) creatures we love so much.

If you love dogs the way we love dogs, you might like The Maine Dog Blog.  Comments, stories and pictures of your own 4-legged best friends are welcome!

http://themainedogblog.wordpress.com/

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!

The Greater Bangor Pet Expo, Oct 19-20, 2013.

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Welcome!

We are serious animal people – both my husband & I have nearly always lived with a menagerie of companion and farm animals ranging from our beloved dogs & cats, to pet mice, white rats, rabbits, chickens, cows, horses, pigs… you name it! 

Presently, in addition to our own three dogs (two of them rescues, the other a “free pup” found at a neighborhood store) we foster dogs coming out of high kill southern shelters – and have helped save the lives of more than a dozen wonderful dogs thatotherwise might have had no chance. 

Our role in those rescues is minor; we are in complete awe of the organizations that put their hearts and souls – and time, energy and money – into saving every creature they can.  We hope our Pet Expos will help raise awareness and desperately needed funds for those rescues, while also offering an avenue for pet-related businesses, organizations and responsible breeders to find new customers and friends.

The Greater Bangor Pet Expo supports:

  • rescues, shelters & activist organizations
  • boarding facilities & kennels, groomers & breeders
  • pet foods, pet supply stores, toys & accessories
  • veterinarians, veterinary supplies, and more! 

This show and others are produced by What a Great Event! (my events planning & management firm) dba The Maine Pet Expos – you can find both business names on Facebook.  We also hope you’ll join our  interactive Facebook group at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos/.

As with all What a Great Event! shows, the Greater Bangor Pet Expo will offer opportunities for non-profit organizations to fund-raise via volunteering and through other means.  You can find more info on this page, as well as on pages 13 & 15 of the attached Exhibitors Manual.

We’d love to talk to you about your possible role in helping to plan the Expo, sponsor/exhibit/advertise, or even present a workshop or other activity!

Sloppy dog kisses from Buddy, Millie & Rudi,

Linda Snyder

Linda Snyder, M.S., President, What a Great Event!

 

 Exhibitors Manual, Bangor Pet Expo 2013

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!