Q&A with A Piece Of Work

A Piece Of Work offers home decor, antiques, architectural salvage, unique furniture, handmade wood decor, pet furniture and MORE to the Sioux Falls area by the Hunter Family! Where antiques mix with modern decor for pets and people.

What inspired you to start A Piece of Work?

It was a fun hobby that turned into a business. My husband and I combine my creativity with his fantastic woodworking skills.

What types of pet products do you sell?

Handmade pet furniture; including beds, feeder stands and toys.

How long have you been in business?

One year.

Do you have any special events coming up?

Unique Junque Outdoor Market

48271 SD Highway 42 – Rowena, SD

August 27th, September 17th and October 15th 10am to 4pm

&

Junk Fest At The Nest

3720 South River Bluff Road  – Sioux Falls, SD

September 10th, 9 am to 4 pm

Do you have any pets?

2 cats both adopted from the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Jax & Cleo.

If you could pick your favorite celebrity pet, who would it be?

I’m a fan of any celebrity pet that was rescued or adopted from a shelter.

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  Contact A Piece Of Work

Heidi Hunter

Sioux Falls, SD

Find A Piece Of Work on Facebook

humanesocietyheidi@yahoo.com

B Squad Rummage Fundraiser

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What: B Squad Rummage Fundraiser

Where: 100 Robin Drive, Brandon SD 57005

When: 8am-6pm Thursday, May 5  |  8am-6pm Friday, May 6  |  8am-1pm Saturday, May 7

Description: Many types of items! Sofas, love seats, tables, desks, end tables, home décor, appliances, designer clothes and purses, kids clothes and toys, baby items, and much, much more!

Visit their facebook event page.

B Squad Mission:

The B Squad Transport Team is made up of regular people who want to make a difference in this world. We partner with rescue groups to transport dogs from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations to rescue groups in the Twin Cities area. We want the rescues to worry about saving dogs, so we provide the rides!

These transports cost $300-$400 and take 16-20 hours each. They carry between 10-30 dogs and we do them TWICE A WEEK! B Squad members have transported more than 500 dogs since January 1, 2016 and more than 2000 since January 2015! All items on the sale have been donated by our supporters who want to help us reach our goal of $10,000 to help fund transports through the summer. 100% of money raised at this sale buys gas money for our volunteers!

Our Partner Rescues:

Lightshine Canine

Wolakota Canine

Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue

Happy Tails Dog Rescue

Mending Spirits Rescue

Rescued Pets are Awesome (RPAW)

Brown County Humane Society

Martin County Humane Society

Minnesota Cattle Dog Rescue

And many others!

 

If you can’t make the rummage but want to donate to the efforts, you can donate via PayPal at bsquadtransport@gmail.com or via our GoFundme page: https://gofundme.com/bsquadtransport

 

Drivers Wanted

We need drivers who can help us! We can supply you with crates, bedding, and a vehicle, but we need people to DRIVE! Contact Misten Long via Facebook or at 507-828-1772 for more information!

 

Blog post provided by Robb Long

Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti

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A heartwarming adventure perfect for families, Against the Wild 2: Survive The Serengeti, arrives on DVD May 10, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and on Digital HD April 29, 2016.

For bickering siblings Ryan (John Paul Ruttan of Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail and Emma (Ella Ballentine of Standoff), it was going to be a fun weekend visit with their dad who is temporarily working in Africa. But when their small plane crash-lands in the Serengeti, they have only each other – along with their fellow passenger, a Malamute named Chinook – to rely on. The rescue teams are searching. Their mom (Jeri Ryan of “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Boston Public”) is panicked. Can brother, sister and one courageous dog now learn how to conquer their fears and trust each other in the most beautiful yet untamed wilderness of all? Ashley Dowds (“Scout’s Safari”) co-stars in this exciting new family adventure from the creator of the original Against the Wild Richard Boddington.

The Dove-family approved film will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and includes outtakes and interviews from cast members.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

2nd Annual Chihuahua Fashion Show

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Falls Park on Saturday, May 7th will be doing the Chihuahua Fashion Show again! If you missed it last year, you can view a photo gallery here by Little White Dog Pet Photography.

In case you missed the Fiesta last year and want to know more about this fun event, we did a Q&A with Jen Rothenbuehler of Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Q: Who’s idea was it & what inspired them to have a Chihuahua Fashion Show at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta?

The idea came about during a marketing brainstorming meeting, and it was the idea of Steve Roers, who is in the marketing department at Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is our presenting sponsor for the Fiesta.

Q: How many volunteers & organizers does it take to put on a fashion show for Chihuahuas?

We have over 240 volunteers for the day of the event, but specifically for the fashion show, we have a committee of five amazing ladies! We also have help from our intern for the fashion show and the Fiesta. Then we have some fantastic judges for the fashion show as well.

Q: How many years have you been doing the Chihuahua Fashion Show?

This will be the second year of the Chihuahua Fashion Show.

Q: How many participants did you have last year?

Last year we had 21 dogs enter the fashion show contest. We would love to grow it this year and have 40 dogs!

Q: Do the dogs have to be a Chihuahua to enter?

They do not need to be a purebred Chihuahua, just any mix of the Chihuahua breed.

Q: Are any dogs welcome to attend the festival?

Yes, most definitely! It is a family friendly event, and part of those families are our four legged friends.

Q: What are some tips you have for being a judge’s favorite?

The more creative you can be the better! Let your imagination run wild with your costume ideas!

Q: How many categories will you be judging?

We will be judging in six categories.

Q: What are the winning categories?

The categories are best dressed girl, best dressed boy, best duo – owner and dog, best mutt strut, most creative, and crowd favorite.

 Q:Is there a fee to enter?

There is no fee to enter. You just need to complete the registration form and include your current vaccination records for your pooch. You can download applications on our website at www.cincofiesta.com, or by contacting Jen Rothenbuehler at jrothenbuehler@presentationsisters.org or 605.360.2457.

Q: Is the Cinco de Mayo a fundraiser? Who is it benefitting?

Yes, the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta is a fundraiser for our Hispanic ministry, Caminando Juntos. Caminando Juntos, meaning walking together, is the name of the Presentation Sisters’ ministry among the Hispanic people in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area. This ministry, which began in 2002, continues to grow as the population in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area becomes more diverse. In February 2006 Caminando Juntos was Recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals and Sister Janet Horstman was Accredited to provide legal immigration services. In January 2011 Caminando Juntos expanded its offices, reception and waiting areas to better serve the needs of their guests at this growing ministry. Services provided include:

  • Assistance to accessing healthcare, education, legal and social service systems
  • Accompaniment of women and children in abusive relationships
  • Visitation to homes, hospitals and state penitentiary
  • Education through English classes and citizenship preparation
  • Provision of immigration counseling and services by an Accredited Immigration Specialist
  • Promotion of human rights for Latinos

Q: What other entertainment is there throughout the day?

We have an amazing lineup of entertainment for the day, including Rumba Tempo, Mariachi Nuevo Guachinango, and La Exclusiva Banda Trancazitos. We also have a free kids zone which includes airbrush tattoos, inflatables, pinatas and more! New to the Fiesta this year is Hoop the Fair, with hula hoop demonstrations and fun. And then of course the Chihuahua Fashion Show at 1pm!  For a full line up of entertainment, food vendors, and more please visit our website at www.cincofiesta.com.

 Q: Will there be a photographer?

Yes, we are thrilled to have Kelly Middlebrooks with Little White Dog Pet Photography join us again this year! Check out Kelly’s amazing photos at www.siouxfallspetpics.com.

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A Very Merry fetch! Christmas Giveaway Rules

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As part of fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine’s “A very Merry fetch! Christmas” Advent Calendar Giveaways, we’re giving away a prize a day to one lucky participant from December 1st – 24th.

Here’s how it works:
1. You must be able to pick up your prize in Sioux Falls, SD.
2. One entry per person per day.
3. Each day at 6:00am, we’ll post a new item you can win.
4. To enter the giveaway for a chance to win, simply fulfill the request for that day instructed with the post. You will have until 5:00 pm the following day, which is when each day’s giveaway closes.
5. We will announce the winner in the comments of each giveaway post after 5:00 pm the following day.
6. To claim your prize, you must message fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine on facebook within 1 week of the announcement or it will be forfeited.

Facebook is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions or concerns, contact lori@fetchsiouxfalls.com

October – Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Since October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, many of you would love to help all those adorable fur kids at your local shelters but you’re not sure what to do to help. If you’re one of the people finding yourself saying, “I can’t go to the shelter—it makes me too sad,” don’t despair—there are still ways to help! Let’s take a look:

Go anyway.  Ok, I know this suggestion is a bit of a cop out on my part, but I’m going to pitch it, anyway. It’s been my experience that getting more involved makes you feel better, not worse. Shelter staff do their best to giving plenty of love and attention to the furkids in their care, but sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to go the extra mile for them. That’s where you come in: while the staff is busy keeping those scruffy faces clean and healthy, you can contribute to the dogs’ physical and mental well-being by playing fetch or chase, walking them, brushing them, or walking them. Remember, a walk isn’t just about the physical exercise. It’s about getting stimulation and a change of scenery to stave off boredom, getting fresh air into those precious lungs, having some time away from the noise and hubbub, and checking “pee mail”. Most dogs LOVE to check out who’s been out and about before them–those noses aren’t just for decoration!  Focus on the good you’re doing instead of the sadness you feel.  Soon you will start to feel like you’re making a difference; taking action nearly always results in feeling less helpless about a situation.

Help get the word out.  If you’re just not up for the hands-on part, no worries, there’s still plenty of work left!  Social media can be a great way to spread the word about all those furry butts waiting for forever homes.  Pick a different dog each week—maybe even each day—to feature as your profile picture on Facebook.  Start a Twitter feed that features details about different shelter dogs each day or several times a day.  Follow shelter and rescue pages and share their posts.

Donate your talents.  Are you knitter?  Need to practice your photography skills?  Are you really good at fixing stuff?  Are you a super bargain shopper?  Any of these pastimes might be a perfect fit for making, finding, or fixing items for your local shelter or rescue.   Most shelters and rescues hold online and/or silent auctions that need donated items and also maintain some type of Wish List on their websites and Facebook pages.

Donate funds.  The bottom line is that sometimes animal rescuers have to pick and choose what they can do for our furry friends because they have limited funds.  Even $5 or $10 a month adds up over time.  Believe me, those folks appreciate every penny that drops in their bank, and they do their best to put it to good use.

Submitted by Karen Garety

 

Victor & Silly Dog

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Photo by Little White Dog Photography

Silly Dog is a 6 year old mixed breed baby to Victor. Her name changed from Lilly, to Silly Dog when she was a puppy, going potty on a thistle, and turning to bark at it, then barking at it and jumping toward it repeatedly when it pricked her nose!

Victor says he focuses on the good, life is too short to worry about what’s not good, and loves everything about Silly Dog. Her favorite trick is to “play dead” with the “bang! bang!” command. She loves napping and getting her belly scratched.

Victor says he and Silly Dog can’t wait for their AniMeals volunteers to come and visit, bringing food, treats, and toys, with so much love in their hearts.  He states, “They took her to the vet and groomer, for her special needs. For me! They’ll always be in my heart and thoughts. I don’t worry if I can meet all her special needs. You’re the greatest!”  He loves the pictures taken by Little White Dog Photography and is grateful for the program.

Submitted by Sheila Norman of AniMeals on Wheels

Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography

Gracie and Melvin

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Melvin is 80 years old and a survivor of multiple health issues, which have contributed to his home-bound status.

However, he doesn’t let that keep him down. Melvin is active in his apartment complex and with his long time friends, one of whom happens to be his neighbor, and homebound also. He enjoys taking care of his neighbor’s cats as well as his own.

Melvin says his cat Gracie is a “very wonderful companion” and has had her for 11 years. He loves having her as she provides “love, special support, and is a good friend.” Melvin takes very good care of her and likes to set up comfy places with blankets for her to “have somewhere nice to lay her head” in the sun.

He gets a good laugh tickling her and getting her to stick her tongue out at him. Melvin says it makes her look naughty but he thinks its funny :) Food delivery from AniMeals on Wheels helps him very much.

Submitted by Sheila Norman of AniMeals on Wheels

Sneak Peek – A Dog’s Purpose

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Walden Media, producer of such hit films as “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, will co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks Studios’ upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose.”  Based on the best-selling novel, “A Dog’s Purpose” is an inspirational story of one devoted dog finding his purpose in the lives of the humans he loves.

“This heartwarming and humorous tale is a great addition to our quality storytelling brand,” said Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios.  “Together with our partners at Walden, we believe that with Lasse Hallstrom directing, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ will find its way into the hearts of families everywhere.”

“We are proud to once again partner with the great team at DreamWorks on ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ a heartfelt and uplifting story that is in great hands with Lasse Hallstrom directing,” said Frank Smith, President and CEO of Walden Media. “This film is a perfect addition as we continue to build and diversify our slate and bring audiences movies that inspire and entertain.”

“Walden Media is the perfect partner for this very special story, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board,” said Jeff Small, President and COO of DreamWorks Studios.

Published by Forge Books, “A Dog’s Purpose” spent 52 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list.  It has been translated into 20 languages and is published in 29 different countries worldwide.

“A Dog’s Purpose” joins Walden Media’s growing slate, which includes a diverse range of films that every member of a family can enjoy. Other upcoming projects include Universal Pictures’ dramatic adventure/thriller “Everest” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson and Robin Wright (September 18, 2015) and “The BFG” directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved novel (July 1, 2016).

Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” “The Rookie”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland,” “Delivery Man”), K.J. Apa (“Shortland Street”), Juliet Rylance (“The Knick,” “Frances Ha”) and Peggy Lipton (“Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks”) join the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Chocolat”).  Based on the beloved book by W. Bruce Cameron, the screenplay was written by Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells.  Gavin Polone is producing with Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian serving as executive producers.  Production on the canine tale begins this month in Winnipeg, Canada, where its variety of locations afford the filmmakers the opportunity to tell this multi-generational story.

Look for the movie in theaters next year.