Gran Fondo, Tailwags and Handbags on horizon

Hi Sonoma! I holy you've all been enjoying the glorious days of Sonoma. The Sonoma International Film Festival is just around the corner from April 2 to 6. This is always a very festive time of year with the streets teeming with filmmakers, filmgoers, a smattering of celebrity and creativity in the air.

I love when our little burg becomes this filmmaking cultural hot spot. Kudos to the film festival for not only keeping the art alive, but the involvement of our entire community with outreach from the high school to the Latino film series and kids programs.

This year SIFF is featuring a wonderful short film called La Sauvetage which features the Olate Dogs from the hit show, America's Got Talent.

Check out as many films as you can, but please come see us for the opening night and Saturday kids program with the Olate Dogs. Halo Dog Food is sponsoring this film and has donated 1,000 pounds of dog and cat food to Pets Lifeline in support of our little shelter. Thank you Sonoma International Film Festival.

A few other exciting things coming up are the Gran Fondo (which yours truly has been diligently training for) is coming up Saturday, April 26. If you would like to sponsor me in the Ride For the Animals, go to our website, pets lifeline.org and click on the Gran Fondo to make a donation.

This is my third year and I am riding the 40-mile course this time (I've only done the 11-mile course previously) and since I'm upping my game this year, I hope you will too.

On Friday, May 2, our fourth annual Tailwags and Handbags ladies luncheon will be hosted by Jean Charles Boisset at the lovely Buena Vista Winery.

What an exquisite backdrop for what has become a delightful spring tradition. We are looking for those high end, vintage and one of a kind handbags, so please peruse your closets, ladies. You can bring handbags to the shelter Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring us the cream of your crop of handbags and if you don't have any, reach out to those fashionista friends of yours. We will also have a small selection of jewelry to bid on this year, which we have already collected from some wonderful local designers. Tickets are on sale now at pets lifeline.org or at 996-4577, ext. 110. I look forward to seeing you there.

We are still waiting for our first kittens to come in, but in the meantime we have some great adult cats just waiting for you. A few of our current residents are Junior, a gray tabby with a hint of Maine coon; Trooper, who looks like he has some flame point Siamese in his genes; and Boo, a sweet petite brown female tabby. Come down and see our residents and make them a resident of your home. They'll give you the unconditional love they give us everyday.

Our dog population has some old and new residents. Our girl Bessie is still here, so Lab lovers, come and meet her as soon as you can.

We have one of the Finnish Lapphunds left. Mikko has been spending time in a foster home and is socializing very well with people and cats. We have two sweet little chihuahua mixes, a long-haired red and white boy we're calling Bono and Chloe, a little brindle bundle of joy. Please stop by and see what new darling doggies have come into the shelter this week.

Hopefully, I will see you at the shelter, the Film Festival, the Gran Fondo and/or Tailwags and Handbags. Please say hello, I love meeting new people. Until then … peace, love and paws.