A fluffy ball of white fur and looking like a baby polar bear, he was just so adorable.
Now almost five months and many pounds bigger, but still many pounds to go, he is still adorable and so much fun. This photo was taken on Halloween in his costume :)
The reason I call him the New CT River Dog is because it was the name we gave my Yellow Lab, Dakota, when we first moved to our home on the Connecticut River. Dakota would love to make his way to the riverbank and jump around in the water. Unfortunately Dakota went to The Rainbow Bridge this past December after giving us almost 14 years of devoted love. We miss him lots but are glad that we now have Summit to give us daily does of dog smooches.
The name CT River Dog also become known for one of the products I added to my candle line several year backs. Our Soy Wax Dipped Plush Dog Air Fresheners. You're thinking what are those? Well it's simple, you take a small plush stuffed animal and dip it into scented soy wax. Once it sets up you're left with an adorable air freshener, perfect for kid's room or anywhere you want scent without a flame. While we started with a Yellow Lab, we now offer many dog breeds as well as a variety of cats. This photo shows the how the air freshener looks after it's been dipped and placed on the wooden stand.
We've been thinking about doing a radio spot on our company for a few months and decided to choose a local radio station to work with. WLIS-WMRD is a local radio station that covers the shoreline and as far north as Hartford. Because they are local and well known in a large part of Connecticut, we felt they would be a good fit to create our ad. Being a bit nervous about what to expect I arrived at the radio station and was immediately put at ease by the friendly staff. We got to work right away and after a few recordings, I was told we would good to go. They would have to do some minor editing including adding some music. The first airing would be Wednesday, May 28, 2014. We also decided that combining a fun candle giveaway in conjunction with our ad would be a great way to get listeners involved and learn more about our soy candles. So without further adieu...here's our radio ad combined with some beautiful photos of the Connecticut River. Note this link will redirect to YouTube. Please feel free to share with others.
It's April 15, 2014 and heavy rain is forecast for Connecticut. Not such perfect timing as the almost clockwork event of the CT River spring flooding is upon us. It doesn't seem like Spring in CT unless we hear about the rise of the waters of the Connecticut River. Often impacted by the snow melt in Vermont, this year is sure to have an impact with the record snowfalls in the North. So how does this year compare to previous ones? Without getting into measurements, there are a several landmarks located on the river that visually tell us how it compares to previous years.
One is the Canoe Club, aka the renamed Harbor Park Restaurant in Middletown. This stretch of the river is notorious for flooding as is the Portland Fairgrounds and low lying areas in Cromwell. It's not unusual in years past to see the water surrounding the restaurant and parking lot. I can recall it rising over the highway adjacent to the restaurant in previous years. As we head south down the river the impact is less but still noticeable as the water makes its way onto shore and submerging trees.
We are witness to this event yearly as our house sits on the banks of the Connecticut River but at a height of almost 60 feet, we are thankfully spared the worry of water lapping at our doorstep. Some of the worst flooding on the Connecticut River was the Flood of 1936 as witnessed by some of the photos