You may have already heard that Senator Sherrod Brown and one of his staff were in a car accident last week in Parma. Everyone was checked out at the hospital and all is well. The news reported that the Senator’s dog, Franklin, was also in the car but didn’t indicate if he was ok. However, we follow the Senator’s wife, Connie Schultz, on Facebook and were happy to learn that not only was Franklin ok, but he is now espousing the importance of dogs wearing a seatbelt while in cars.
We found Franklin’s seatbelt on Amazon for $11.69. Ms. Schultz says on her facebook page “Franklin is lighter than he looks, as his layers of long fur hide a pretty small frame. This harness-and-belt system kept our beloved pup in the seat and unharmed during the high-impact collision that sent both Sherrod and his staff driver Will Young to the emergency room.”
No doubt that the outcome would have been dramatically different if Franklin wasn’t wearing his harness. I admit that Zack and Zoe have been loose in my car 1000 times; however, this was an eye-opener for me. They’re not going to like it, but they will be strapped in from now on.
The Spooky Pooch Parade took place Saturday, October 15 at Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue) and it was well attended likely due to the gorgeous weather! Lakewood Alive, which is the city’s non-profit with a mission of fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods hosts this annual fundraiser. A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.
Creativity was at an all-time high this year with the dog costumes. Some of my favorites include the pumpkin spice latte complete with life size coffee cup, the Elliot and ET bike and the incredibly patient dog who wore a bulky kayak all day. However, my very favorite was the ‘Where’s Waldo’ complete with a teacup Yorkie dressed as Waldo. The judges agreed and ‘Waldo” won a year supply of dog food from Pet’s General Store.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Elliot and ET
Zack and Zoe revived their Sid and Nancy role (kudos if you get that reference!) and went as punk rockers. While they received a lot of ooh and ahs, likely due to Zacks Mohawk, it was quite evident that next year we will need to up our creativity if we have any hope of making the winners list.
Sid and Nancy