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My Newest Adventure With Brookdog Fishing Co.

{our ride for the evening}

I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but sometimes you meet people and instantly become inspired by them and their story. That’s what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I went on a fishing trip with Ryan Shea from Brookdog Fishing Co.

{water views}

A trip that was planned for February, but mother nature had other plans took place in June. I met Ryan at the Sheridan Boat Launch and was really excited for this. I have only fished one other time and I really don’t consider it fishing. It was when I was in junior high and it was on a family vacation to Chautauqua Lake, I hooked my Mom’s knee and that was it, so yea I don’t consider that real fishing.

{the bait}

{Ryan hooking the bait for me}

Anyways, as soon as I met Ryan I loved his down to earth personality and the passion he has for what he does. Going on a fishing charter I had no idea what to expect, all I knew is that I was looking forward to this new adventure. When we left the boat launch we were off to see a different side of Buffalo I wasn’t familiar with and it was a great experience.

{we caught some fish!}

Ryan started Brookdog Fishing Co. in June of 2016. He was introduced to fishing by his Grandfather and continued his passion with close friend Nate. While we were on the water we fished, a lot {it was the most fishing I’ve done my whole life} and I learned a lot. Not only about the type of fish that are in the water, but also learned about anglers, how to cast, what the difference is between fly fishing and regular fishing and much more. I even caught my first fish ever which was pretty cool!

{just fishing}

Not only is Ryan knowledgeable on the waterways, the fish habitat and Western New York, but he also is very hospitable. He preps for every charter he has, and offers guests breakfast on morning charters, light snacks and refreshments on day and evening charters. He also teaches those {like me} who have no fishing experience and provides all of the equipment for a day on the water.

Brookdog Fishing is a year round company that offers one of a kind charters. So whether you are a Western New York Native or visiting from out of town, if you’re looking for something fun and different to do this is an activity I highly recommend.

{definitely on the top of my list for awesome things I’ve done in my life}

I can’t say enough great things about my experience and there is not enough thank you’s to send to Ryan for taking the time out to share his story with me and to teach me something new. I can’t wait to get back out there! Thank you!

-B 

BNBA Brewers Festival

Angelica Tea Room

I’ve been following the Angelica Tea Room on Instagram for the past couple of months and I finally made a stop in to check it out a few weeks ago and then again on Friday for happy hour.

It is one of my favorite spots to go to in Buffalo. I love the decor, the atmosphere, the staff and the drinks – everything there just puts me in a good mood. I highly suggest paying a visit when you can.

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

 

 

 

Hound Fresh

If you’re a dog owner some of you may have a dog that has allergies. Dealing with something like this, can cause a lot of stress not only on you and your pet, but the time you take to go to the vet, the money you spend to find the right dog food, etc. can all equal up to a stressful situation. Margaret from Hound Fresh is all to familiar with this and has gone through what you may be going through. She is a dog owner to Conrad who has allergies.

So she decided to look into cooking food with the right nutrients at home and opened her own business. You can find her selling her homemade dog food that is made fresh every Monday and delivered to her clients that afternoon and to Animal Outfitters on Elmwood Ave. and Seneca Street. During the winter months she is at Horsefeathers Market. She uses the freshest nutrients and does custom orders {pre- portioned for the size of your dog}. The food lasts for one {1} week and you as the owner of your beloved pooch know where everything is coming from.

Some upcoming events that Margaret will be at are: Bark in the Park in Clarence, Bark Bash at Knox Farms, Kenmore Dog Days of Summer, K9 Connection Art of Adoption and Wine and Wags at the SPCA

A little bit about Margaret – she was born in Buffalo and moved back 3 years ago. She recently left her “full time job” to pursue Hound Fresh full time. She said its the hardest but most rewarding thing she’s done. I ask everyone I interview what they love about Buffalo, well because I’m curious their answer{s} to the question. Margaret’s response was the people and the great community {the sense of community in this area}, their is always something to do and the food of course!

If you have a dog with a food allergy and you’re looking to something to try, contact Margaret, you and your pet will be thankful you did! Thank you Margaret for meeting with me and sharing your story!

-B 

Meet a Cow? Ok!

{Albert the super cow and me}

You may have seen those ads on the NFTA buses around town saying Meet a Cow, We’ll Pay You $5. Well me and Kelsey saw it so we thought we would go meet a cow – {its for the blog annnd I needed an adventure}. Last week Sunday we went to Asha Sanctuary in Newfane {we drove past it a couple times} and learned not only about Albert the super cow and his story, but learned about what Asha Sanctuary {Asha meaning life and hope} is all about from Tracy Murphy {Founder and President of the Sanctuary}  – rescuing and educating the public about farm animal suffering and abuse.  While I’ve been to a farm before and meet farm animals, it was worthwhile to know more about the abuse some farm animals go through and learn what we can do from a community standpoint. At the end of the tour you are given $5 for attending, if you donate that $5 back to the Sanctuary, a private donor matches the gift. Asha Sanctuary has a lot of upcoming events, make sure to look them up on Facebook to learn more.

Below are pictures of our experience.

-B 

{just a blonde in buffalo photos}

{Asha Sanctuary}

{Kelsey watching a virtual reality video on how animals are treated on some farms – this video is optional to watch}

{Nick the pig – he loves the ladies}

{oh hey – we’re at meet a cow}

{Tracy the sheep – she loved me}

{and I loved her}

{I love animals}

{and I think they love me}

A takeaway from Poland

{classic side of the road shot}

It’s been about a month since I left for my trip to Poland with Agnes and Sean and I can’t help but think a lot about that trip since I’ve been back. There is no doubt in my mind that we as adults appreciate opportunities and things we can do in our life much more as we get older.

{the streets of Poznan}

{Cathedral Island in Poznan}

{Wroclaw at night}

Being in Poland has not only taught me a lot more about part of my Polish culture that I wasn’t familiar with before, but it has also showed me how much I take for granted. I don’t think I am a snob and I am not one to not be appreciative of the blessings I have in my life, but after reflecting from time to time over the last 2 weeks, I’ve begun to think of the opportunities I’ve had, that I’ve taken for granted, simple things such as my job, my education, my family and friends. I stress so much {especially lately} because I just want to do a good job and make everyone happy, but what I’ve  learned is you just have to leave some things alone sometimes.

{Wroclaw Poland}

{Wroclaw City Center}

{Wroclaw on our last night in Poland}

Stressing over stuff that is out of your control is pointless {I know that, but its easier said than done for some people} and if there is one “life lesson” I’m trying to take away from my trip, it is that. While I wish I could travel every single month, I know that’s not realistic, so when I can’t wander the world or even my hometown, I have pictures and memories that I can go back to, especially to help me during times like these when I ask myself if I’m doing the best I can. As I approach this “new” work week and our first big event at the Outer Harbor for the 2017 season, I’m hoping to keep this lesson in the back of my head so I can enjoy more and stress less.

 

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Bu

Let them LOL Running Water 5k

I recently started to get involved with Let them LOL a local organization who is helping provide clean water and education to children in Sierra Leone, Africa. One week from today they are hosting there Running Water 5k run or 1 mile walk in Clarence Town Park. Join me there and run for a wonderful cause. We as Americans take so many things, daily things, for granted, lets help those in need one drop at a time.

-B

{earlier last week my coworkers/friends and I helped package meals for children in Sierra Leone. 3,000+ meals and two hours later we felt pretty good knowing we were able to help, even if it was just a little bit}

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