By Karen Sturtevant
Special to the Observer
On any given autumn afternoon, ‘Farmer Mike’ Isham can be found at his family’s quintessential Vermont farm, either on his tractor pulling a cart full of kids to the pumpkin patch or catching up with folks who stop to in say hello.
A few weekends ago, those two-legged visitors were replaced with four-legged ones when Isham’s barn became the venue for the Vermont English Bulldog Rescue’s 2017 Bully Bash and calendar kick-off.
The event was open to the public (those with and without dogs) and highlighted a Halloween canine costume contest with prizes, bulldog t-shirts, candles, wines, photo cards and the highly-anticipated calendars of both adopted and available rescue dogs, posed with local men from all professions. As one guest described the two calendars, “One is G-rated, the other, PG-13.” The so-described ‘PG-13’ calendar is a collection of men, sans their shirts, interacting and posing with the rescue’s dogs. Several of the photos were taken at the Isham Family Farm.
The G-rated calendar features some of the same men as the first, fully clothed (office friendly) photographed in locations including Williston’s Gardener’s Supply, Woods CRW, Red Barn Gardens and the farm.
Dog adopters and supporters from Vermont and out of state were in attendance sharing stories and tears about their beloved dogs. As guests snacked on pizza, bagels, apples and cider, dogs welcomed old friends, met new ones and made this a fun afternoon for all.
Karen Sturtevant is the president of the Williston-based organization, Vermont English Bulldog Rescue. Calendars are available at The Edge in Williston, Adams Farm Market, Williston Town Clerk’s office, Pet Food Warehouse and VermontEnglishBulldogRescue.com.