Rusty's 2nd Annual Dog Birthday Bash Held at Adams County Winery

Adams County Winery, located in Orrtanna, Pa. held its second annual birthday bash for their farm winery mascot, Rusty, a golden retriever. Rusty, who was a rescue, turned 9 years old on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Proceeds from the party benefited the Rick and Sally Meyers
Animal Shelter, formerly the Adams County SPCA, located in Gettysburg, Pa. The shelter recently changed its name to reflect that it is a private nonprofit organization, which receives only about 8% of its funding from county and municipalities combined!


Image of Rusty, owned by John Kramb and Katherine Bigler, owners of Adams County Winery, located in Orrtanna, Pa.
Image of Rusty, owned by John Kramb and Katherine Bigler, owners of Adams County Winery, located in Orrtanna, Pa. | Source

The Birthday Boy, Rusty!

In lieu of gifts for Rusty, birthday party guests were asked to bring something for The Rick and Sally Meyers Animal Shelter – canned dog food, cat litter, or kitten chow.


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A Great Party for All

Some of the highlights from the party included: Meet-and-Greet with the SPCA dogs, tours of the winery and dog walks through the farm, children's activities, doggie pool, dog wash, vendors with pet supplies, and training demonstrations.

Contests included: an obstacle course, dog fashion show, and a pet photo contest with the winner featured on a wine label with Rusty as a fundraiser for the SPCA.

And of course, no birthday party would be complete without dancing with the doggie stars, good food by Uncle Moe's Soul Food, and music.



Image of Ariel, a Miki (Maltese-Japanese Chin-Papillon mix), often referred to as a designer dog.  She is owned by Lorene Bramer of Clarks Summit, Pa.
Image of Ariel, a Miki (Maltese-Japanese Chin-Papillon mix), often referred to as a designer dog. She is owned by Lorene Bramer of Clarks Summit, Pa. | Source

"Did someone say party? I love a good party!"


Image of Brandi, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix.  She is owned by Chelsey Vodenichar of Orrtanna, Pa.
Image of Brandi, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. She is owned by Chelsey Vodenichar of Orrtanna, Pa. | Source

Diva dog in the making . . .


Image of 8-year-old Hunter Buffington of Fairfield, Pa., holding his puppy, Bentley, a long-haired Chihuahua.
Image of 8-year-old Hunter Buffington of Fairfield, Pa., holding his puppy, Bentley, a long-haired Chihuahua. | Source

"I may be dressed in pink, but my boy loves me anyway!"



Image of Julie Arsenault of Waynesboro, Pa., with her Goldendoodle, Bisbee.
Image of Julie Arsenault of Waynesboro, Pa., with her Goldendoodle, Bisbee. | Source

Lap puppy? They came in droves big and small . . .



Image of 6-month-old Shelby Lorenzano of Littlestown, Pa., in awe with Rusty, the winery's mascot.
Image of 6-month-old Shelby Lorenzano of Littlestown, Pa., in awe with Rusty, the winery's mascot. | Source

Babies and all . . .

Rusty "working the room," making his way around to each and every guest.



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Free Wine Tasting

Guests enjoyed free wine sampling and winery tours. Pets were also welcome inside the winery for the event.

Additionally, custom paw print labels of guests and their pets were available. If you missed yours, it's still not to late to order.

"We actually have a bottle of wine named after Rusty," said Bethany Ely, a worker at the winery. "It is called, Rusty's Red."

Personalized Pet Labels

For just $3.00 per label (retail value $5.00), you can have your pet photo made into a personalized wine label when you purchase a bottle of wine. A dollar from each label will be donated to the Rick and Sally Meyers Animal Shelter.

Best Friends Wine

Each year, the winery makes a limited edition special SPCA label for their two most popular wines; "Best Friends White" and "Best Friends Red". The cost is $12.98 each, and $1 from every bottle goes to the Rick and Sally Meyers Animal Shelter. Enjoy some great wine with a special label while helping to support a great cause! Order here, or pick up a bottle or two at either location.


Image of Bill Blackwelder of Thurmont-Frederick, Md. area with his canine search and rescue partner, Largo, a German Shepherd.
Image of Bill Blackwelder of Thurmont-Frederick, Md. area with his canine search and rescue partner, Largo, a German Shepherd. | Source

Search and Rescue Demonstrations

Thurmont K-9 Search and Rescue, located in Thurmont, Md., was on hand giving demonstrations with their canine partners. The team's specialty is wilderness air-scent search, but they do assist with swift water rescues and building search. The team is currently working towards boat searches over water for drowning victims, and first responder for urban search and rescue.

For more information on Thurmont K-9 Search & Rescue, call Kurt Hornicek (301) 639-2781, or visit their website at: http://www.thurmontk-9sar.org


Image of Casey, a German Shepherd, owned by Kevin Johnson of Gettysburg, Pa.  She was trained by handler Charles Smith of J & S K9 Training.
Image of Casey, a German Shepherd, owned by Kevin Johnson of Gettysburg, Pa. She was trained by handler Charles Smith of J & S K9 Training. | Source

"Here's the sleeve, but I don't know where I left the arm . . ."

Training demonstrations were provided by J & S K9 Training. Handlers Charles Smith and Jay Thompson offer basic obedience, advance obedience, home protection, and much more. For more information on their services, contact Charles Smith, (717) 357-5811 or Jay Thompson, (717) 334-1159.


Image of Alyssa Panaia of Chambersburg, Pa., with her Pomeranian, Bentley.
Image of Alyssa Panaia of Chambersburg, Pa., with her Pomeranian, Bentley. | Source

Paris Hilton look out! This dynamic duo could give you a run for your money!


Image of Hooch, a Jack Russell-Pug mix.  He is owned by Lynn Holt of Orrtanna, Pa.
Image of Hooch, a Jack Russell-Pug mix. He is owned by Lynn Holt of Orrtanna, Pa. | Source

"I'm not fond of the Pupparrazi, so keep that camera outta my face!"


Image of Ruby, an English Bulldog, owned by Chrissy Senft of York, Pa., and Mackey, a Golden Retriever, owned by Jared Moore of Mechanicsburg, Pa.  The two dogs are making friends while 5-year-old Brooke Geier of Lancaster, Pa., joins in on the fun.
Image of Ruby, an English Bulldog, owned by Chrissy Senft of York, Pa., and Mackey, a Golden Retriever, owned by Jared Moore of Mechanicsburg, Pa. The two dogs are making friends while 5-year-old Brooke Geier of Lancaster, Pa., joins in on the fun. | Source

Making new friends--both two and four legged.


Image of Scooter, a Dachshund-Schnauzer mix, snuggled up next to his fur buddy, Steely, a Golden Retriever.  Both dogs are owned by Diana Trout of East Berlin, Pa.  She is also the owner of Tail Chasers Grooming salon.
Image of Scooter, a Dachshund-Schnauzer mix, snuggled up next to his fur buddy, Steely, a Golden Retriever. Both dogs are owned by Diana Trout of East Berlin, Pa. She is also the owner of Tail Chasers Grooming salon. | Source

All tuckered out from a fun-filled day. Time to find a sleep buddy!


Image of 10-year-old Macie Montiel of Abbottstown, Pa., holding her Pug, Odie.
Image of 10-year-old Macie Montiel of Abbottstown, Pa., holding her Pug, Odie. | Source

"Oh, my paw pads ache. Just carry me darling!"


Image of Rusty
Image of Rusty | Source

And the dog buried his bone for another day . . .

Rusty exhausted from his birthday bash.



Rick and Sally Meyers Animal Shelter

The Rick and Sally Meyers Animal Shelter provides vital services to people and animals alike such as: sheltering and adopting animals, behavior training for adoptable animals and for owned animals through public training classes, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, educating the public, and rescuing animals in emergency situations.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the shelter, please visit their website at: www.myersshelter.org

For more information on adoptions, call the shelter at: (717) 334-8876

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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

I've only had two dogs my whole life and lost my last one in 2005...I am not over her yet and cannot get another one. Too many people replace pets like they do tires on cars. When one gets too old they have it put to sleep and simply get another. To me this is wrong.

But I did love seeing all the great pics in your hub. Thanks for posting it.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Sorry, to hear of your loss. I am definitely an animal lover, and have had my share of "fur kids" over the years. And yes, losing a pet can be very difficult. In some cases, it is like losing a family member. Love the movie, "Marley & Me." Glad you enjoyed the photos.


Laura 5 years ago

Great pics Deb!! Thanks for including Macie in your photos!


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Your welcome. There's just something about photographing kids and pets that warms the heart . . .


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WillSteinmetz 5 years ago

Haha. Cute dogs and pics!Such a fun and great post.


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Will. I had a fun and great day taking the pics as well.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

I had a yellow lab for about 18 years, she was awesome, if you looked up the meaning of mans best friend, there would be a picture of her at the top of the page. I have always thought about getting a new friend but I like to travel without having to worry about putting them in a kennel. I love other peoples pets tho, they're just as much fun with out the work, lol. Great hub awesome pictures, thanks for sharing, voted up and awesome, Happy New Year Debra!


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States Author

I know what you're saying about traveling and being tied down with pets, but there are many pet friendly hotels nowadays. Thanks, for commenting.


lol girl 0512 4 years ago

love you picture of me and my friend


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks.

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