|This is only one of the buildings on the Purina Farms property. It was very impressive.|
|Can you spot the Kimba and Hiro travel reps?|
|Obligatory booth photo.|
|One whole side of the main room was devoted to rescue groups with animals up for adoption and/or fundraising goods and products to sell. I did not scoop up the crate full of six mewing gray tabby kittens, so I should get a gold star for the day.|
|I really loved the name of this cat rescue group. That little kitten has an orange spot on her head, just like our Cheetara.|
|There was another entire room with kid-friendly activities and crafts and bouncy houses.|
|A great dane rescue was at the end of our row, but they didn't bring any dogs.|
|The vendor next to us sold healthy dog treat "make at home" kits. You should check them out.|
|Duck herding practice for a dog in training.|
|Clown poodle in a poodle parade.|
|This dog was also carrying around that stuffed alligator, but those photos were too blurry. She wasn't still for long.|
|Epic amounts of fluffiness!! These babies are destined for the show ring.|
|What we do when we get bored. Scott promised it wasn't blurry.|
If we were closer, I would do it again. But we are not. I did learn about the Kansas City Amazing Pet Expo in June, so that may be a better event for us. We can pull that off without a hotel.
Holiday book orders have shipped out, and we are settling in for the winter months ahead. There are no events in January. The weather is too unpredictable to plan much of anything. But I'll be back in the flow with two events in February, at least. "Slinky Steps Out" will be back from the editor in January, so the fun of formatting and cover design will keep me busy during the winter.
We are celebrating the wonderful news that "Leia" was accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for her freshman year of college in 2016. If you've read "Max's Wild Night," you've seen her drawings that were used within the text. She is over the moon that she could get in, but she still has decisions to make. Other liberal arts schools are on the radar (and she's been accepted), and we haven't heard back from the Kansas City Art Institute yet. She did appreciate the welcome gift from SAIC of some fun and arty gloves. Does a full-ride scholarship come with them??
The weather is getting ready to take a much more winterly turn, and we have a few days of semester exams ahead before we can really relax for the holidays. I have some Christmas specials going next week, so you'll hear more from me on that on the 22nd. I'm supposed to be having a Facebook book party that day, but so far very few people have agreed to take part. Not sure I'll bother if no one cares. Click here if you like prizes and games and bookish fun.
Have a great week, and don't stress out too much. It's a season of joy!!