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Bingo Takeover 6/21/18 – Painting With A Twist

Coloradans are lucky to live in such a beautiful place that offers so much to do including our fur babies. Painting with a Twist is no exception. The first Sunday of every month, Painting with a Twist invites you to a step by step painting class where you can paint a portrait of your fur baby! There’s no need to have any experience painting, because their local artist will guide you through a step by step process while you sip on your favorite beverage in a comforting atmosphere. You’ll get to go home with a one-of-a-kind painting of your fur baby made by you.
This company isn’t just about fun paintings with cocktails. They strive to help you accomplish your creative abilities in a relaxing environment. Painting with a Twist was started in 2007 after hurricane Katrina devastated Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney’s community. They wanted to bring a lively business to their community that could help rebuild their home. They invited their community to meet in Cathy’s barn and provided and lively step by step instruction to a one-of-a-kind painting and experience. Eventually their concept created Painting with a Purpose, a program they started to give back to local nonprofits. This class is held once a month and 50% of all profits go towards a local non-profit that contributes to multiple communities.
This fun paint and sip concept has extended all across the country and is open Tuesday through Sunday with different themes every day. They have worked hard through many years to create a successful business with like minded communities and passionate artists. You can check out their website www.paintingwithatwist.com which has a monthly calendar of upcoming events or give them a call at (719) 473-8663. This company definitely won’t disappoint for a good time.

Please join us for bingo on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 pm when Painting With a Twist takes over all of the prizes!!

MEET OUR #PUBDOGPACK: MELANIE DANIELS

Hi! My name is Melanie. I am one of the newest members here at Pub Dog Colorado. I grew up in a small beach town on the east coast. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina for my undergraduate degree, where I studied Psychology. I then moved to Texas to be with my husband. Recently, we moved to Colorado Springs. I am now in a masters program studying Social Work. My hope is to offer tools that better the lives of others (and of course their pups too!). Speaking of, I have two pups of my own. I adopted a chihuahua/papillon mix, named Skip, when I was in high school. He had been returned to the pound five times before I gave him a forever home. He was seven when I first took him home. He has now traveled to three states with me. Skip is currently sixteen years old and still going strong. He does, however, have some major anxiety issues stemming from being neglected by his previous owners. But that just means I must give him all of my extra love. When I moved to Colorado, we wanted to get Skip a companion. And so, we recently adopted a six month old lab mix as our newest member of our family. We named him Bear. A local rescue saved his mother and siblings from Houston, Texas. I hope you enjoyed my story! I look forward to getting to know you and your pups at Pub Dog.

June Pint Night – Left Hand Brewing and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

How do I sum up who I am in a few short words? I am stubborn, determined, probably a little bit OCD, independent, and a control freak. I am incredibly close to my family, I love to cook, I enjoy traveling, food and wine. I’m a sucker for reality TV and try to find time to go the movies a few times a month. But what most people don’t know about me, is that I have been living with Multiple Sclerosis since 2009. Everyone I meet knows someone who has MS and their experiences are all different, but most often, people are surprised when I tell them I have MS. I’m not ashamed of my disease by any means and will usually tell people pretty quickly about it, but I like people to get to know me first so they realize that MS is not everything that I am.

Multiple Sclerosis
noun: sclerosis; noun: multiple sclerosis; plural noun: multiple sclerosis
a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

My story starts in 2009. I woke up one day feeling like I was going to fall over. It was the middle of December and being a server working in a high end steak house, the three weeks leading up to Christmas were crazy busy. I chalked up how I was feeling as stemming from being tired from working so much. I tried to rest, yet it kept getting worse. I started dropping wine glasses and running into chairs. I knew something was wrong when I tried to walk down the stairs and I fell into the railing. I went to the emergency room where they ran lots of tests. Their answer for me was that they “thought” it might be multiple sclerosis, but the only thing they could do was give me IV steroids to help with the symptoms. I decided against the IV steroids because I wanted to see what my body was going to do on its own. If it was MS, the hope was that it would clear up on its own, but it was just a matter of time. By the time Christmas rolled around, my entire right side of my body was paralyzed and I needed help to shower and eat, as my right side is my dominant side. An appointment with a neurologist a week later confirmed what they were thinking in the ER. An MRI showed that I had lesions on my brain that were indicative of MS. This sent me into a spiral of depression, shame, denial and sadness. I was 25 years old and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and here I was, trying to deal with a disease that I was going to change my life forever. It took six weeks for my body to start getting back to normal. I was hopeful that I would never have another relapse; but I lived in constant fear of it, which only contributed to the depression.

In April of 2011, my left eye went blind and it was then that I knew, I had MS for sure and needed to figure out how to live with it. That was when I decided to start the medication that is available for people with MS. The medication helps to suppress the immune system so it doesn’t attack healthy cells in the body. After getting on this medicine and learning as much as I could about diet and exercise, I was able to move in a direction to start creating my dreams again. It wasn’t until I was 4 years into this journey, that Pub Dog became a vision in my life. Fast forward another 4 years and I can look back and honestly say that I am thankful for MS. It has taught me so many things about myself. I’ve learned to listen to my body, I’ve realized how strong I am and that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’ve learned to never use my MS as an excuse and to not judge other people when they are mean to me because they are most likely fighting a harder battle than I am. MS is a part of who I am; it is not the entirety of me, but it has made me a better person. Because MS has made me the person that I am, I’ve been able to take the strength I’ve learned and translate it into opening Pub Dog, which has allowed me to become a surrogate doggie mom to all of your fur babies, and for that, I am eternally grateful!

Because of my personal experience, I was so excited when we decided to partner with Left Hand Brewing for a complete tap takeover to benefit Bike MS and the National MS Society. Many people don’t realize that they don’t know what causes MS and there isn’t a cure…yet. Every dollar that gets donated to the National MS Society goes towards helping people with MS find effective treatment choices and solutions to the challenges of living with MS, helps people affected by MS to connect to individuals, information and resources they need to move their lives forward and generate resources that accelerate progress to help find a cure.

For me, I’m still early on in my disease and I still hold a hope that they will find a cure in my lifetime. Every dollar that gets donated helps them get one step closer to this. Left Hand Brewing has donated over $3 million dollars to Bike MS since 2008. I’m thrilled to be able to partner with them for our June pint night to be able to give back to a cause that greatly affects me personally!! I hope to everyone there to help us raise as much money as we can to help find a cure!

~Tara

Left Hand Brewing is doing a complete tap takeover on June 12th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. A portion of of the proceeds from all of the beers on tap will be donated to Bike MS. We will also feature our mystery prize raffle and there will be lots of fun giveaways from Left Hand Brewing Company! Come celebrate the beginning of summer with us!!

Featured Beers include:

Wheel’s Gose ‘Round – Raspberry Gose – Supports Team Left Hand
Juicy Goodness – Dry Hopped Golden Ale
Left Hand IPA – India Pale Ale
Death Before Disco – Porter
Polestar – Pilsner Lager
Sawtooth Ale – Amber Ale
Good JuJu – Ale brewed with Ginger
Nitro – Milk Stout
Peach Beerllini – Peach Radler

MEET JAXX: OUR MAY DOG OF THE MONTH

IN AND OUT AUTO: OUR FEATURED BINGO CONTRIBUTOR

In and Out Auto Salon is a successful, Colorado Spring’s, professional full-service auto detailing and hail repair center. This locally owned business began back in 2003 out of Randy Martinez’s Honda Civic. With nothing more than household cleaning supplies, Randy worked his way up to becoming the owner of In and Out Salon. They have also recently become partners with Recon Techs and are certified experts in Auto, Boat and Plane cosmetic services.

Pub Dog is excited to feature this local business on our blog this week. Other than being known for their services like professional detailing, paint correction and coatings, clear bra protection, and window tinting, In and Out Auto Salon gives back to our community through a program called “AutoShop Vocational.”  AutoShop Vocational is an outreach program that helps youths with vocational skills for the future that are no longer offered in high school curriculum. It allows young adults to get hands on experience that will prepare them for the automotive trade. In and Out Auto Salon is also a part of various networking groups that contribute towards multiple community services and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. In and Out Auto Salon is a part of a trustworthy community that has been contributing to The Pike’s Peak area for many years now.

You can find In and Out Auto Salon at 2930 Janitell Rd in Colorado Springs or check out their website at www.inandoutautosalon.com to see more detailed information about the services they offer. They are also open six days a week so give them a call at (719) 591-2779 to set up and appointment.

Pub Dog: Where Dogs Dine Like KINGS

Oh…the Puppuccino from Starbucks, a fun-sized cup filled with whipped cream for your drooling pooch in the passenger seat. While this is an entertaining and adorable way to pull at your pup’s heart strings (located in their stomachs obviously) from time to time; it is not recommended to feed dogs dairy regularly, as they are unable to digest it properly. That is exactly the opposite of what we strive for at Pub Dog with our Doggie Menu. We put a lot of time and research into what we decide to offer to our patron’s fur babies. Not only do we care about the health of each and every dog that comes through our doors; we are also aware of just how many faithful regulars (or ‘Pub Dog Ambassadors’ as we like to call them) we are seeing come back 2-5 times a week! Not only are humans affected by their dietary choices, so too can improper nutrition significantly affect the quality of life of our canine companions. We have decided to list below every dog-approved item we serve at Pub Dog and explain the ways in which we make sure these tasty treats are safe for canine consumption. Because at Pub Dog, the humans eat out of dog bowls and their dogs eat like kings!

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” -Edward Hoagland

-Puppy Patties: We use the EXACT same meat (100% Angus beef) as we do for our human burger, The Rottweiler. It’s as simple as that, we treat our dogs like kings here at Pub Dog; and kings, eat the same burger their human counterpart is eating. We serve them in a smaller portion (two 2 ounce patties) as too much of ANYTHING different from their normal diet (ie kibble etc) can cause…well a slightly messy situation afterwards if you know what I mean. Puppy Patties have been a fan favorite since we opened in April of 2017 and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

-Bark Bowl: For a more nutrient rich, lower fat, easier on the stomach option, we have a brown rice and sweet potato bowl for your beloved pups. It is made up of small, boiled chunks of sweet potato (unseasoned) and plain brown rice; nothing more, nothing less. Sweet potatoes alone are great for digestive health as they are very high in dietary fiber. They are also very low in fat and contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and manganese. Oh and did we mention they are sweet and naturally flavorful?!?! Brown rice is also high in fiber, low in fat and higher in protein than white rice. This healthy combo meal is a safe, clean and efficient energy source for your pooch! Right, like Spot really needs MORE energy, right?!

-Chicken Soup: Alright, think chicken noodle soup, minus the noodles. Well to be fair, we stripped this soul warming human classic straight down to the bone (pun intended). First, we prepare our house-made chicken broth by boiling all of our excess chicken scraps we have left over from our human chicken. We chose to do this not only to cut down on food waste in a creatively canine way, but to steer away from the high sodium levels and additives that are often present in the premade chicken broths you can buy at the store. The best part is, it tastes better to your dog this way! After we strain the broth, we add small chunks of carrots and celery and grilled (unseasoned) chicken breast. While some of your fur babies decide to nudge the veggies onto the floor with their noses, others go crazy for the carrots and celery! While this Doggie Menu item is more popular on colder days, it is another healthy option for your deserving pooch all year round!

-Pupsicles: **note chicken broth process above** Half of the chicken broth we make in house gets portioned into 4 ounce little cups and put into the freezer. This chicken popsicle in a cup is perfect for cooling your pup off on a hot day!

-Celery & Carrots: Just that…..a few baby carrots and a few sticks of celery. It doubles for a time consuming chewing game, as well as a nutritious snack!

-Bacon: We use the same bacon that we use for our human menu. Dogs are kings, remember? We serve these REAL beggin strips slightly sizzling and heated to pure perfection for your drooling pup’s delight.

With that all said, if you ever have any questions or if your dog has a food allergy, feel free to ask any Pub Dog employee. We are a company of dog parents through and through. We know no other way, than to treat every dog that comes into Pub Dog as if they were are own. And we treat our fur babies like royalty!