Author: Jennifer Graddy

Doglando Foundation’s Indian Dinner

[portfolio_slideshow]I had the pleasure of attending the Doglando Foundations Indian Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, 09/24. I’ve had Indian food in several restaurants, but have only had authentic, homemade Indian food a few times.  Teena Patel, owner of University of Doglando (UofD), came up with the concept of an Indian dinner fundraiser after many of her University of Doglando clients requested it.  Patel’s parents and in-laws turned the grooming room at UofD into a full fledged kitchen for the day and cooked for 65 people.  The food was wonderful! There was also a silent auction, raffle and tile painting. All of these funds will be used to renovate a shed on the UofD property to create a birthing center for a pregnant dog, as well as a senior retreat for older, abandoned dogs. The Doglando Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c3) educational organization that promotes responsible canine ownership within our community by creating programs that will improve the welfare and well-being of...

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Rocky’s Retreat

[portfolio_slideshow] I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Rocky’s Retreat on Saturday, 09/10.  When I first walked in, I thought I was walking into my own spa.  They have treatment rooms, just like my spa, and they also have a very nice indoor pool.  Their offerings include aqua therapy, massage, acupressure, reiki and aromatherapy. I met both Toby and Sherri, but spent the most amount of time with Sherri.  She told me how Rocky’s Retreat has been three years in the making.  Toby and Sherri met at a class in 2007 and quickly became friends.  In 2008, during another class, they realized they shared a common vision for a place like Rocky’s Retreat.   The problem was that Toby lived in New Jersey and Sherri lived in Orlando.  Sherri was able to convince Toby to move to Florida and they put their plan in motion.  It took about a year just to find the space and then it had to be built out.  The results of their hard work is a beautiful facility that any dog would love....

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