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btoellner
Advertising and Animal Welfare Professional with a wife and 3 dogs and 3 cats. All opinions expressed here are solely my own and not representative of any organization I with whom I might be affiliated.
Interests: pets, golf, advertising, baseball, basketball, kansas city, malcolm gladwell and seth godin
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Michelle and I are avid hikers. But we're not thru hikers. We both like to spend a day enjoying a nice hike but then welcome the comforts of home in the evenings -- like a warm shower, warm meal and and soft-ish bed. Thru-hiking has always been a bit intimidating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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On April 4th, Kansas City Missouri voters will get the opportunity to support three General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) initiatives at the polls. Question 1 is a $600 million bond that designates money for roads, bridges and sidewalks. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at KC DOG BLOG
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It's sometimes easy for me to forget that the Buffalo National River is a part of our national parks system (not really a national park, but as a National River, managed by the national park service). We spend most of our time in the upper Buffalo area that is very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Sun rays reflect poke through the fog near along the Buffalo River near Steel Creek. Nature has an amazing way of speaking to us. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Roark Bluff is a popular spot for photographers. It's easily accessible, beautiful, and tends to have a variety of different lighting in the early mornings as the sun rises and reflects off the rocky bluff. Many an outstanding photo has been shot here. Last fall, my wife bought me a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
Like many of you, I follow many animal welfare groups and animal shelters on social media. Over the past couple of weeks, I was simply amazed at the number of shelters that sent out notifications of being closed for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at KC DOG BLOG
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The Nars is one of those places that people photography a lot, but finding directions on how to get to the area are a bit more challenging. And because the "easy" way to get there requires crossing the Buffalo River it can be a bit intimidating. However, on a really... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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I've seen pictures of the Red Bluff Overlook for many years but few people attempt to provide directions to this unique spot. Red Bluff (which isn't really all that red) is an interesting spot along the Buffalo National River where the river makes a dramatic horseshoe curve that allows you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Earlier this week, I posted a photo of our KC Pet Project staff celebrating success after a mega-adoption event in which we adopted out 281 animals during a three-day weekend. The majority of people who saw the photo loved the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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Over the past weekend, KC Pet Project partnered with two other area shelters, Wayside Waifs and Great Plains SPCA, for a metro-wide adoption event. In total, 834 pets were adopted from the three shelters, 281 of them from KC Pet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
A couple of weeks ago, the government in Montreal made the decision to ban 'pit bulls' from the city. However, nearly immediately, a judge ordered a temporary suspension of the ban as, among other problems, the definition of what did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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Miami-Dade (FL) is once again planning to discuss repealing the city's 27 year old ban on 'pit bull' type dogs. And the repeal needs to happen in Miami because of shifting attitudes regarding 'pit bull' like dogs, because the original... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
Florissant Missouri's (Population 52,158) pit bull ban is failing its residents. But in spite of this, city officials are actively working to support keeping the ban (on the taxpayer's dime), and then lying to the public about it. The city... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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The Ozarks were tough frontier for the early settlers. Rugged terrain and dense woods made travel difficult. And, like all settlements, water was of the utmost importance. And thus, many of the early settlements exist on some of Arkansas's most prominent waterways as water was necessary for life, travel, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
A couple of weeks ago, the city council of the city of Buckner, MO (Population 3,072) unanimously voted to repeal the community's 16 year old ban on 'pit bulls'. The change makes Buckner at least the 19th city in Missouri... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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This is the last (at least for awhile) in a series of hikes that we've done in Utah. While this blog will continue to focus on hiking and places in Northwest Arkansas, I suspect that most readers like hiking and the outdoors in general and would appreciate the posts. Or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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In our 9 day trip to Utah last fall, no hike surprised us more for its scenery than the Tom's Canyon hike. It was our first day in Utah, and we were in our hotel in Kanab, UT with about a 1/2 day to kill. We hadn't really planned on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
A couple of weeks ago, the city council of Tonganoxie, KS (Population 5,165) UNANIMOUSLY repealed its 23 year old ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The change comes after area veterinarians, pet owners, a pet groomer and a pet boarder... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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One of the biggest surprises to our trip to Utah last fall was an unexpected stop at Red Canyon. In planning our trip, Red Canyon was an area that I never really saw mentioned. There was only one page on the area in our 300 page travel guide, and barely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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At only 55 square miles (35,835 acres), Bryce Canyon is the smallest of our National Parks, however, it is also one of the most unique. Bryce Canyon is known for its Hoodoos; odd shaped rock formations left due to the erosion from wind and water. And there is nowhere in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Most of my hiking time is in the Ozarks of Arkansas -- which features an amazing assortment of waterfalls. For all of the great scenery southern Utah has to offer, vast amounts of water in the desert isn't one of them. So when there became an opportunity to do a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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If you want solidarity, The Narrows may not be the best option for you. But if you're looking for an epic hike through one of the most amazing slot canyons in the United States, you'll want to add this to your list. The Narrows is a regular on "Top Hikes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
Cruelty: behavior that causes pain or suffering to a person or animal; behavior that causes physical or mental harm to another. Neglect: fail to care for properly Over the past decade, animal welfare professionals and city governments have been cracking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
A few weeks ago, I was talking to an advocate about her quest to try to instigate shelter change in the large Midwest city in which she lives. It seems that there is some political will to take the community's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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Last week, temperatures dipped a little to give a break to the month's heat, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to get out for a short hike. July isn't exactly the best time of year for hiking in Northwest Arkansas due to the heat, ticks, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas