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Dogs of Downtown- meet Keefer Dogg

5 Nov Keefer2

Post written by Erin Jenkins and Laureen Blakemore

The dogs of downtown are fancy and enjoy “the finer things in life”, but they want you to know they are just like all the other dogs out there. The Sister dogs of Clay Corner Inn Minkie and Caly enjoy lawn games with their parents and guests. Caly is an expert cornhole player, frisbee golfer, and both sisters love their tennis balls. Bella, the greeter and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capone’s Fine Jewelry  enjoys visits to the Farmers Market and sitting on laps in the store while visitors work with her mom and “brother” to design beautiful pieces of jewelry.  While Keith R. Dogg (“Keefer Dogg”), the  assistant curator at Matrix Gallery, enjoys long walks and seeing all his friends at doggy daycare.  When Keefer is not working at the gallery he can be found relaxing or helping his dad around the house, talking nice long walks, attending daycare  at Flying Fur  and taking training  classes with his humans.

While visiting I saw Mr. Dogg knock over a small book with his tail and he told me that often his big fluffy tail is too cumbersome for his mom’s gallery, so he gets to go on a car ride with his dad. Since he does spend a good amount of time “off the job” he really tries to soak up the attention from his customers at the gallery when he’s there.  Keefer Dogg  really does enhance your shopping experience, as he is such a smiley beautiful English Shepard. Keefer is very well trained, and getting even better as he grows.  His treat of choice is cubed Colby cheese, but we are pretty sure he would not turn down any kind of treat.
I asked Keefer a few important questions to get to know him better.
Q: So Keefer, are you a big Hokie fan?
A: I loooove turkey!

Q: What do you want people to know about you?
A: My bark is worse than my bite, and I wanna be loved!

Q: What is your main gripe about Downtown Blacksburg?
A: Not enough fire hydrants

Q: Do you get bored at the store with no other pets around?
A: I get walks with Dad lots , and I get a lot of treats. Of course I do want some more friends–furry and not– to come on over and visit me in Matrix Gallery!

Keefer is very excited that his store will be celebrating its 25th birthday on November 16, although he is a little concerned that mom may not let him come to the party. (Something to do with fluffy waggy tails and too much cheese which is supposed to be for the guests and not for him!) The big celebration takes place on November 16, 4:00-8:00pm. All non doggies are welcome to join the fun which will take place in Matrix Gallery!

Matrix Gallery is located at
115 North Main Street
540-951-3566

Coming in our next installment of the Dogs of Downtown; meet Minkie and Caly, the innkeepers of Clay Corner Inn.

Why not visit some of the Dogs of Downtown:
Calypso the Golden Retriever and Minkie the Jack Russell mix, Dog-keepers at Clay Corner Inn
Keith R. Dogg “Keefer Dogg”, Assistant Curator at Matrix Gallery
Molly and Minnie the mini-Schnauzers, Sales Assistants at Mad Dog
Goliath the Bulldog, Marketing Team Member at Nest Realty
Bella the Bischon Freis, Diamond and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capones Fine Jewelry
Barkley, Antique Collector at Heirloom Originals
Xena, the receptionist at The Laser Clinic
Milo, the greeter at 130 Jackson, who can often be found stationed outside Bollo’s

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Dog friendly downtown locations:
Fringe Benefit
Greenhouse Boardshop
Heirloom Originals
Huckleberry Trail
High Peak Sportswear
Heavener Hardware Lumber and Rental
Mad Dog
Market Square Park
Matrix Gallery
Nest Realty
The Community Arts Information Office
The Henderson Lawn

PLEASE be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your dogs.

Behind the design- Q & A with Sarah Vernon

29 Jul pocket

Sarah Vernon is a student at Virginia Tech in the Visual Communication Design program and comes from Marion Virginia. We asked Sarah to tell us a little bit about herself and how she came up with the design for the 2012 Steppin’ Out  t-shirt.

Q: How did you hear about the competition?

A: One of my professors, Meaghan Dee, used the t-shirt design competition as an extra credit assignment.

Q: What inspired your design?

A: I was sitting in front of Henderson and started to sketch and I think that the Lyric is a well-known part of downtown Blacksburg so I used that street in my sketches of possible t-shirt design and ended up using that in my final drawing. The green frog I used in my design was inspired by my mom because her favorite color is green and frogs are one of her favorite animals.

Q: Have you ever attended Steppin’ Out before? Will you be attending this year?

A: I have attended Steppin’ Out for the past three years but unfortunately will not be able to attend this year.

Q: When do you graduate?

A: I will graduate in Spring 2013.

Q: Anything else you would like us to know?

A: I have been drawing and creating things for as long as I can remember. My whole family is artistic. When we were little my mom let us watch Pappy Land which is a children’s show about drawing and creating art. Art is my passion. I love animals I have a cat named Kitty and a dog named Lola.

Steppin’ Out t-shirts are a fundraiser for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the proceeds go directly into helping to pay for the festival entertainment each year. The Steppin’ Out t-shirt has become a collectors item and each year the t-shirt is ordered from  several countries worldwide in addition to being sold in downtown Blacksburg before, during and after the festival.

2012 sees the 32nd annual Steppin’ Out and will include 230 arts and crafts vendors, over 40 downtown stores and restaurants on the the streets and three stages of live entertainment. For the first time ever there will be extended stage time on Friday August 3rd featuring a late night Zydeco Party with Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience until 11pm.

 For more details about Steppin’ Out 2012 please visit our website: http://blacksburgsteppinout.com/index.shtml

Interested in submitting a design for the 2013 Steppin’ Out t-shirt?A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning designer. Details of the contest will be announced by September 1 on  www.downtownblacksburg.com.

 

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