NE Shibapalooza 2012: 11 Days and Counting!

Hi All!

We’re so close to Shibapalooza! I hope you all are getting excited!

I would like to go over a few things before the date just so we are all on the same page.

*YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN DOG(S) AND THEIR ACTIONS! I am well aware things happen, especially with shibas. But in order to make sure this is a fun positive experience for dogs and humans, PLEASE make sure you watch your dog at all times. If you notice your shiba is getting agitated, annoyed, scared, or anything else that could cause an issue, you MUST remove him/her immediately until they have had some time to cool off. I hate to be play the bad guy (REALLY hate), But I will ask you and your dog to take a breather if I feel he/she is causing a disturbance in the flow of the pack.

 
There IS a huge fence in the middle of the play area where if we need to separate the dogs into 2 groups, we are able to do that if some dogs get along well with certain dogs.
 
If you are attending Shibapalooza I am trusting your Shiba is a dog-friendly playful and NOT aggressive and an instigator! Again, please help me make this a positive experience for the Shibas and for us, the Humans! 🙂
 
*YOU ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR DOG IS PROPERLY VACCINATED PRIOR TO THE DATE! All dogs must have up to date vaccinations. And also if you use any flea/tick topical medicines monthly, please do not administer 48 hours prior. Since there will be a lot of play biting, I do not want any dog ingesting the flea/tick and it possibly causing health issues! Please give at least 2 days for the flea/tick to settle in their fur & skin.
 
 
I understand accidents happen and I would be shocked if we didn’t police at least a little tiff between the dogs, but I am hoping you all can make good judgment calls to make sure tiffs & “arguments” are few and far between!
 
If anyone has any type of fun agility things please email me! It would be fun to put a few things in the area for them to jump over, jump on, etc. I am hesitant to bring *toys* because some might get a little possessive but maybe a bunch of tennis balls might be okay? I’ll bring a few myself. 
 
 
Sorry to be the rule maker but trust this is stuff that needs to be said. I will be sending another email soon to give some more directions and discuss a possible pre meet up on Saturday May 5th. I unfortunately have been called into work but my boyfriend Amos and Paul&Nobuko who have been helping me with Shibapalooza have mentioned possibly doing something. Updates to come!
 
If you have any questions/concerns feel free to email me back!
 
Can’t wait to meet you all!
 

Update 4/3/12

Hello my fellow Shiba friends!

We are just one month away from the North East Shibapalooza!
I would just like to write to you today to go over a few quick things.
First of all, thank you so much for your overwhelming response to
Shibapalooza! I honestly had no idea it would turn out as big as it
has. I was expecting 15- MAYBE 20 shibas at most but we are closely
hitting 40+ Shibas! Which is why myself and Kaiju’s parents Nobuko and
Paul decided maybe we should put a cap on the attendance which was a
hard but necessary decision.

It is very important to have a head count of how many shibas we are to
expect. I understand life happens and things get in the way! But if by
any chance you RSVP’d yes to Shibapalooza and discover you cannot make
it, please let me know ASAP because there are other people who are
hoping to make it who I have tentatively put on a “waiting list” due
to the high volume. Even though most of our shibas are friendly and
playful, they are dogs and egos and fear can get in the way and cause
an unwanted and unforeseen situation (especially when indoors) so the
volume cap is keeping that strictly in mind. So with that being said,
again, please let me know if you cannot make it so I can let other
sheebs in on the fun! =D

Also- MERCHANDISE! We have our own merch page on the shibapalooza
website. Here’s the link:
https://northeastshibameetup2012.wordpress.com/merchandise/
*We make about $4.50 per item when you buy these products on our
Cafepress store.
The proceeds will first cover the cost of renting the space ($180 for
3 hours + $100 deposit). All remaining proceeds will be donated to New
York Shiba Inu Rescue
.
(A huge thanks to Paul and Nobuko for the design and getting this
merchandise page started!)

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!…

Our good Shiba friend/Shiba owner Ting from NYC has graciously decided
to help with funds as well! She has a wonderful online store that
sells the COOLEST Shiba stuff! (I have the Shiba tote and LOVE IT!
Next is the Shiba tee’s) She has decided to donate $2 from each Shiba
T-shirt purchase to NE Shibapalooza!
Here’s the link:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/96482284/shiba-american-apparel-cotton-dog-tees

These 2 merch sites not only will make you THE coolest and hippest
shiba lover/owner but it will help make this meet up POSSIBLE! So
please help us out any way you can (And don’t worry about the Shibas
hating you for buying the T-shirts. They don’t realize how AWESOME
they look!)

That’s it for now. Any questions or concerns please feel free to email
me back. And again, please update us if your plans change!

Thanks again for your support and we can’t wait to meet you all May
6th @ Crate Escape for some SHIBA PAWSOMENESS!

Licks and airplane ears,
Amanda (& Knox)

NE Shibapalooza Updates!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick update. It seems this Shibapalooza event is turning out bigger than I, or Kaiju’s humans (Paul & Nobuko) had anticipated! Which is AWESOME! But with that comes the issue of capacity.
I know that a lot of you are still unsure if you’re able to make it, and I hope you can! But we do need a rough headcount because there is a limit to the # of Shibas and we are closely hitting that capacity which I had NOT anticipated! Because of this though, we are putting people on a “first come first serve” guest list. You can check out the attendees who have said yes already here:
I DO NOT want to turn anyone away especially people who are traveling. So please keep the RSVP in your head and let me know ASAP if you are able to attend or not. If you definitely cannot, please let me know so that we can make room for others. If you are unsure, we will at least put you on the pending list for now. But again, please keep in mind space is limited so the sooner you have a definite yes or no the better!
Please get back to me with your plans ASAP. Don’t forget also I’m planning a park pre meet up/picnic on Saturday May 5th the day before the meet up.
Thanks!
Amanda

North East Shibapalooza 2012 Date is set!

Hi Everyone!

Knox’s humom here again. I’m happy to say we finally have a date set for NE Shibapalooza! We have decided to make it the weekend of May 5-6. The actual meet up will be on Sunday the 6th at Crate Escape in Belmont, MA. But I am thinking maybe we could do a pre meet up Shiba picnic at a park or fenced in play area if there’s enough people interested.

Now the fun part begins! Spread the word to as many Shiba owners & lovers as you can! Share share share!

If you have any questions about the meet up, lodging, etc please don’t hesitate to email me at briggababy at gmail dot com

More updates to come!

Amanda + Knox

Attention NYC Shibas….

Just got a very nice email from Melanie (@Lilpeet) and thought I’d pass this along to NY Shibas interested:

“Pita can do 5/5 and 5/12 weekends. Also I will be renting a car from hertz-we get an amazing discount thru work-so if anyone in the NYC area wants to carpool-we are more than happy to pick you up. Peet is a friendly shiba so would be fine to be in the car w another dog.”
Melanie
Thanks so much for the offer! If anyone wants to take her up on that please contact her. (@Lilpeet – mkatkell at gmail dot com)
Thanks,
Amanda

North East Shibapalooza 2012 Updates!

Hello all!

Knox’s humom here. We have exciting new updates about North East Shibapaloozameetup. A lot of the people attending are #twibas but we want to extend the invite to allshibas and shiba owners/lovers! So please tell everyone you know!

Where:

We have selected the place for our meet up. It’s called Crate Escape in Belmont, MA. (http://www.crate-escape.com/) It is all fenced in and has lots of room for the sheebs to run around and even a large fence divider INCASE we need to separate a dog/dogs. We will have the place to ourselves for 2-3 hours. There will be food and drinks for the humans and obviously water and noms for the sheebs. There will be a doggy door giving access to an outdoor area that is also fenced in! So hopefully the weather will be wonderful!

I have attached a few photos just to give you a slight idea of the area (outdoor+indoor)

When:

Right now we are feeling out all attendees for a specific date. We are deciding between 3 weekends: 4/28-29, 5/5-6, and 5/12-13. If you are not on the email list yet and are interested in attending PLEASE email me and tell me what weekend(s) work/don’t work for you and I will try to keep everyone’s schedule in mind to choose the best date. The more the merrier so I will accommodate as best as possible!

Accommodations:

I sent an email out last week giving a link to some pet friendly hotels. But @iamkaiju’s humom was nice enough to help out and go even further to help the people traveling by suggesting some hotels/rentals close to the meet up area but still close to Boston and other great places:

Here are some accommodation options that I have found…
There are more Cambridge options included here only because the meetup will most likely be in Cambridge, which is across the Charles River from Boston.

Pet Friendly Hotels

Others : http://www.fidofactor.com/boston-ma

The town of Brookline is quite close and nice, too. Or, if you don’t mind driving in, North Shore towns are beautiful. Amanda lives in one of those towns.
If you see any place you want to consider, please don’t hesitate to ask us about the town/neighborhood.

Also… please check out this website too for additional accomodations: http://www.bringfido.com/lodging/state/massachusetts/

Sorry for the long post but I am trying to get the message out there as much as possible. Please spread the word! We currently have Shibas coming from NY, NJ, MA, NH but we want to make this big so let’s do it!

For those interested please get back to me via email to let me know which dates work best. I will update as much as possible about any news and/or changes. My email is BriggaBaby at gmail dot com

Also any recommendations for other activities are welcomed! We could also do a picnic if the weather permits.

A big thanks again to @iamkaiju’s humans for helping out. We are so excited to make this happen!

Thanks,

Amanda (Knox’s humom- @KnoxyFoxy11)

North East Shibapalooza 2012!

Hi everyone!

So good news. I heard back from an indoor dog gym called Mom and Paws Indoor Dog Park (http://momandpaws.com/) The owner Christine sent me an email today to say that they would love to host our meetup.

“We would love to host the North East Meetup. Our meetup rate is $50 or $5 per dog. Meetups are usually reserved for sat or sun mornings 10am-12-pm. We are open to the public till 4 and could also host the meetup later if prefered. April and May are completley open right now so let me know what date and I will reserve the space for you. I think it would be a great place to host! Thank you for your interest in Mom and Paws!”

Yay! So my next step is to plan to meet up with them in the next week and do a walk through the place to make sure it will be a good fit for us. Also I want to make sure the room will be reserved for just the people in the meet up. No offense, but this is a Shibas only pawty =)

I have contacted 3 other places and still waiting to hear back, incase this doesn’t work out. But this place seems really willing to host the meet up!

I have a couple questions for you all. If you could let me know a few things it might make this planning a little easier.

1) As I stated before, I am thinking maybe April/May would be good since the New England weather will (hopefully) be tame by then. What works for you? Obviously this will be a weekend date, so I’m thinking either a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning/afternoon
2) I will need the names of each dog coming. Although I know all my #twibas, if you could send an email with the # of dogs in your pack and names, it will help!

If you guys have any questions or concerns about any of this please let me know!

Also, tell as many twibas as possible! The more the merrier!

I’m really hoping we can make this happen!
Sorry for the obnoxiously long email =)

Talk soon,
Amanda Brigham (Knox’s humom)
briggababy at gmail dot com