I’m taking a brief break from the Veterinary Series (A short one!) to let my readers that don’t already know, about a very special event that is now only a month away!!! The Second Annual Omorrow German Shepherd Reunion!!!
It had to be December or January of 2009 when I was visiting Omorrow farm, chatting with Rhonda about my Omorrow GSD, “Hans”, and whatever else was happening. I remember making the statement, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could have summer party and invite all the Omorrow owners together with their dogs?” Rhonda replied that she had often thought about doing that very thing, but it would be difficult to do at the farm. We talked about the perceived problems with the idea, (OUR perceptions) Too many Males, there would fights, it would be chaos, the females would probably go after each other. The Territorial problems at the farm made it impossible. We went on to other subjects, or more likely, back to cuddling with puppies.
Let me just say, I do not take credit for the planning or success of the First Annual Omorrow Reunion. Credit for that goes to Rhonda for allowing a crazy man to start the ball rolling by asking the then small group at Facebook if they wanted to gather. Well, the response was more enthusiastic than we expected. Way more…So I began looking for a suitable spot, keeping Rhonda up -to-date with my search. I remember thinking to myself, what if we plan this and nobody shows up?
After much searching, I found the Dog Park at Alum Creek State Park, just north of Columbus, Ohio. It was fairly centrally located, had a great running area for the dogs, including water, and it was free! Along with those things, the park personnel were very excited that we wanted to come there.
Rhonda and I finally were able to get everybody on the FB page to agree to June 27th 2010 as our date! We put together a fairly hasty call for everybody to bring side dishes, drinks and everything that goes with a picnic. We were winging it and just hoping that people showed up.
June 27th dawned clear and sunny with the promise of being HOT! And it was indeed a sweltering day. My wife, our dog Hans, and I arrived at the Park at 10:00AM to stake out our reserved spot at the Dog Park. I dragged my gas-grill from home in the back of car, wrestling it into place beside the dog. He had NO idea what his crazy Dad was up to, but he wanted to be part of it!
At 11:45 AM, we were still all alone. We gave good directions right? We gave the right date didn’t we? Every car that entered the park drove right by our spot. Ooooh Boy…But just before Noon, a nice lady mamed Susan showed up with her daughter, son, and her Omorrow pup! “Great I thought! Somebody to eat some of these burgers with us!” I mean, besides Hans…
But my worries were short lived, as suddenly there were German Shepherds and people all over the place!!! My next worry was, “Would all of these German Shepherds get along?” That had been Rhonda’s concern as well…As people and dogs began to mingle,tentatively at first, our confidence began to grow. Handshakes and names began to be exchanged, stories about our dogs were shared, and soon everybody was chattering as though we had known each other for many years! Rhonda and Brian brought Blitz, the Omorrow Alpha, and he oversaw the event with the dignity of a Patriarch! There were 4 month old puppies, and 10 year old unneutered males there, all getting along famously! The atmosphere was what we later termed “Packitude”…Every living soul there, two-legged and four-legged seemed to know we were family!
There were, of course, cameras everywhere, and posing Omorrow dogs! I finally got around to firing up the grill and everybody ate. There was ALOT of food!! Thanks to everybody!
My point in remembering this event, is simple. I want everybody that was there to share YOUR favorite memory of Last years reunion!!! Share them here on my blog, or at the Facebook site…
This years reunion will be even bigger!!! Rhonda has taken the reins, and along with a bunch of other Omorrow Pack members, we promise that the 2011 event will be historical, hysterical, and loads of fun!!! We’ll have food, guest speakers, door prizes, and we hope to have a “Hundred Dog March” on the small town of Bellville Ohio!!! You will want to be a part of it!!!
Okay everybody! Share your memories and your photo’s!!!!