It was a busy weekend for the Tail Blazers crew, even more so than usual. We had several pups and kitties to look after all over town and participated in two great events, Light the Nations 615 and Nashville PITTIE's Pitbull Awareness Day.
On Saturday afternoon, Devin, Emily, and I set up camp along 51st Avenue in The Nations neighborhood for a street festival called Light the Nations 615, celebrating the small businesses in that part of town. Live music, food trucks, and vendors lined the street, and we had a prime location to draw in passersby - aided, of course, by the crowd of dogs at our tent! From 4-5:30, we had an adoptable pit mix named Ollie with us from Crossroads Campus Shop and Adopt in Germantown. He made a great impression, and when he had to leave, a couple of client dogs, Bo and Pringles, as well as my dogs, Moof and Lily, stepped in to represent us throughout the evening. We were taking Pup Polaroids of dogs in costume, handing out poop bag dispensers with built-in flashlights featuring our new logo, and giving lots and lots of treats. We made some great connections with prospective clients, and it was so fun to see the dogs we already walk out and about with their humans!
Sunday afternoon found Devin and me at the Nashville PITTIE (Pitbull Initiative To Transform Image & Educate) Pitbull Awareness Day in Centennial Park, an annual event to help raise awareness about the discrimination, abuse, and neglect that impacts pitbull-type breeds and improve the perception the public has of these wonderful dogs. There was live music, food trucks, vendors, and other non-profits, adoptable pitties, a vaccination clinic, and, most importantly, a plethora of sweet pits of all sizes. We were there as festival-goers supporting a cause close to our hearts - Devin rescued his pitbull, Hailey, off the end of a chain, and my boyfriend and I took in our pit, Moof, after he was abandoned at Centennial Dog Park. There was a great sense of camaraderie at the event, with everyone stopping to pet and compliment one another's dogs, take pictures of their cute costumes, or ask about their mix or breed heritage. It was the perfect way to enjoy the wonderful weather and celebrate our dogs, and continue to deepen our involvement with the incredible, supportive dog community here in Nashville.
- Laura Hagen