Two local calendars for your wall in 2008 |

Two local calendars for your wall in 2008

Gaylord Guenin

We are two full months into 2008, yet I am still fixated on a pair of calendars. Both were produced locally and profits from both are going to good causes. Why shouldn’t I be fixated on these products even if it is March already?

The first of these is the “2008 Pet Calendar” produced by Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter (FAAS) and it is not your standard hang-it-on-the-wall calendar. It is a book, presented in an 8-by-8-inch format with more than 100 pages and just about that many delightful photos of dogs, cats and horses.

This calendar will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and it may make you cry, as many of the photos of the pets are in “loving memory” of those sweet animals. The calendar costs $30 and I believe it is worth every penny because it helps to support our animal shelter, which must be one of the finest in the nation. The calendar is available throughout the county, including at the animal shelter, and if you happen to be in Woody Creek you can pick up a copy at the Woody Creek Community Center (WC3).

In addition to being a calendar, the book also contains plenty of room for journal entries and would serve as a nice date book. Without question, this is one enjoyable and functional product.

And the treats keep coming with this calendar. With almost every photo of a pet, there is a quote related to animals, one of the most famous being Will Rogers’ observation, “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

Here are a few more: “A dog is like an eternal Peter Pan, a child who never grows old and who therefore is always available to love and be loved,” Aaron Katcher.

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really,” Agnes Sligh Turnball.

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort,” James Herriot.

“To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog,” German proverb.

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does,” Christopher Morley.

“I don’t think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it’s the fact that they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place,” Debbie Peterson.

“Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? Yet when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window,” Steve Bluestone.

“Dogs come when they are called. Cats take a message and get back to you,” Mary Bly.

“After dark all cats are leopards,” Native American proverb.

“I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons,” Will Rogers.

“I felt a great sense of excitement and secret power when I followed my dog’s lead in burying something of value in the backyard,” Phil Littman.

There is no question that the “2008 Pet Calendar” is much more than just a calendar. It is something every animal lover should own ” it will give you endless pleasure, and it will help to assist the animal shelter in its vital work.

The other calendar that has my attention is one that features the ladies (all staff members) and one guy of the Woody Creek Tavern. Profits from this endeavor also are being donated to local charities. It costs $20 and the ladies will autograph it for you in their own unusual way.

This is not a “Playboy Calendar.” In fact it is something you could give to your grandmother without being embarrassed in the least. George Stranahan of Woody Creek did the photography, so you know this calendar has class. If anything, some male customers of the Tavern have complained that there isn’t more skin showing in the photos. For those who want more skin, they will just have to wait until Michael Cleverly, another Woody Creature, comes out with his second calendar.

There are many younger men who believe the ladies in the calendar are quite sexy and I would not disagree; however I tend to see them as “fetching,” and that probably dates me. For the record, the calendar features Paula, Audrey, Sonya, Julian, Julia, Conni, Lynn, Karen, Tim (the only male in the calendar), Jennifer and Jamie; with each there is a brief blurb describing themselves. If you are a Tavern regular, you know who those folks are. If you are not a regular, the calendar is a nice way of getting acquainted.

It is just another quirky example of Woody Creek and one that will benefit some good causes, as does the “2008 Pet Calendar.” Hey, everyone needs at least two calendars, don’t they?

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