You know I love Morris Animal Foundation and Betty White right? (If not, I mentioned it here, plus mentioned my donation pledge to MAF in my book trailer that I posted yesterday.) So, imagine how excited I was when I got a phone message inviting me and the hubs to the MAF's "Gala of Hope," featuring Betty White - we're talking free tickets!
Since we donate to MAF, we get their mailers so had seen that the event was happening on Oct. 19. I had said to the hubs how much I wished we could go, but (a) it's in L.A., about 2 hours from our house (that's with NO traffic), (b) the tickets for the 2 of us would have been $600, (c) it's not the hubs' favorite thing in the world to get dressed up and go somewhere fancy. So the mailer went in the recycle bin.
But they called yesterday and said they wanted us to come for free!! We were chosen because of Abby's entry in the Orvis cover dog photo contest. If you've been following the blog for a long time, you'll remember that I entered this photo of her in the contest way back in Feb. of 2011.
I blogged here in July 2011 about how we didn't win nuthin' - even though Abby placed 3rd (!) out of almost 13,000 dogs in the "Most Unique Voters" contest. (You had to pay to vote, with all the money going to MAF to support canine cancer research. Most Unique Voters meant we didn't raise the most money, but we were 3rd for the most folks voting for her!) Abby even had an Orvis Deep Dish bed that she loved (which Rita now loves), so we figured she'd make a perfect Orvis cover model.
|Abby - crashed in her Orvis Deep Dish bed|
Only... I can't go. :(
I'm SOOOOOO bummed. But we have an 88th birthday party planned for my mom that day. In theory, I could put in an appearance at my mom's party and then drive the 2 hours (assuming NO traffic) to the gala, but we'd be beat by the end of the night and would need to get a hotel room. It all gets kinda complicated.
If it weren't so far from our house, or if it weren't the same day as the birthday party, we could make it. Seriously, we never have ANYTHING on our social calendar. What are the odds the 2 things would be on the same darn night?? Such a bummer. :(
Betty White, you guys!
So... for a blue Mirth Watch Thursday, I give you a cute vid of the lovely Betty pitching the Orvis cover dog contest:
Hope you are having a mirthful Thursday. If not, let the commiserating begin...