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    Just wanted to say that so many visitors to my home have remarked on how beautiful the fundraiser calendar is -- both the overall design and the individual pictures of the dogs. Everyone thinks they are professionally done images!!

    Thaks again to Duncan's Ma who organised this and to all who contributed pictures and bought calendars -- you have already helped several cavaliers find new lives.
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Leo Lily Tansy Libby (foster) Mindy (foster)
    In memory: Lucy
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    Karlin, Thank you so Much...I am so glad we are helping. Maybe this year somehow in the calendar we can send out a list of the dogs we helped.

    As I changed the month on the calendar this morning, I began to think about the 2008 calendar. I think we have a couple of options.

    1.The same as this past year and poll for all of the pictures at the same time (In October).

    2.Quarterly polls beginning now – Oct-Dec(Poll Now), Jan-Mar (Poll in April), April – June (Poll in July), July-Sept (Poll in October) Then I can order in Nov.

    What does everyone think?

    Also, Karlin, is there a better place on the board to do the calendar other than the gen gallery that everyone might see a little better? I know some people missed out because of the location.

    I know it is strange to think about it this far in advance, but I think it may get bigger this year and I want to be able to manage it.
    Ashley - Mom to Duncan (4 years/blenheim) and Arthur (3 years/ruby)

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    I think having quarterly polls would give more people an opportunity to enter and is a great idea! There are so many new members that join regularly that it gives everyone a seasonal opportunity to be included. Also, it can help build up steam over the year and increase the profits for rescue.

    Is it possible to preorder or would that be too much trouble? I would definitely sign up and gather several of my cavie loving nonmembers to buy some too. If we could pre order, everyone could do some local grassroot efforts to build the demand. Also, people could send in their check ahead of time so you won't have to front any money out of pocket I may be getting ahead of myself, but I have a tendancy to do things big!!
    I love my Wesley, Cody, Zoey & Stewie

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    I can create a little forum in the gallery section if you'd like.

    The other thing to consider is to go through a local printer who might be able to give a better price break. Also if the calendar is done by say Oct-Nov then it is likely I can get a box to post from Ireland to folks over here, or can have the calendar done over here which would reduce postage costs too. I am usually in the US at least once between Oct-Dec.
    Karlin
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    A calendar forum would be great!! Thank you!

    I don't know about pre order and local printing...I will have to tackle those issues as the year gets a little older. With my hubby and I likely moving mid year I would have to find a printer in my new home but that shouldn't be hard to research this summer. Fortunately, that piece can wait. I may also call Shutterfly and see if they have any deals for non-profit organizations. Karlin is Irish Cavalier Rescue set up as a non-profit for donation purposes? I don't know how international non-profits work but maybe they can do something.

    We can begin ordering earlier this year but because we used paypal and not personal checks the money upfront was not a problem. I may collect personal checks from those in the US this year to avoid paypal service charges.

    Once Karlin has the forum set up I will post a request for Oct-Dec pictures. We can vote on them at the end of this month.
    Ashley - Mom to Duncan (4 years/blenheim) and Arthur (3 years/ruby)

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    I would prefer not to use Shutterfly again - I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the printing - some of the photos are blurred, and I know the originals were not.

    This is something I've experienced previously with Shutterfly too...

    I think Karlin's suggestion of approaching a printer is a good one - it might be worth getting some printed in the US and some in the Uk and/or Ireland, to save shipping costs.
    Nicki and the Cavalier Clan Our photos www.scotlandimagery.com
    Supporting www.rupertsfund.com and www.cavaliermatters.org

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    I certainly will look into any other avenues we can find for printing, but I can tell you that the Shutterfly pics that were blurred were because some of the pictures I received were not large enough fro printing by Shutterfly and I had to use MS Publisher to enlarge the pixel sizes for printing.

    Perhaps if we are choosing photos throughout the year people will have access to the origingal .jpg files and we won't have this problem again.

    I will certainly look for other printing options but at $10/calendar this really maximized our donation. Maybe I can find it cheaper and now I have a whole year to looK!
    Ashley - Mom to Duncan (4 years/blenheim) and Arthur (3 years/ruby)

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    Just an additional idea--the Golden Retriever forum I belong to does their calendar contest monthly--much the way our Cavalier Theme contest is done. One advantage to that is it might be easier to collect and remember to take pictures having to do with the current month theme (Feb.--Valentines/Love) than having to go back and dig for appropriate pictures for each month...did that make sense?

    Just a thought...
    Denise, Wrigley (Golden-5 Yrs.) and
    Mia Bella (Cavalier-2 Yrs.)

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    I loved how the calendar turned out and think Shutterfly did a good job. They provided a quality product and service at a very reasonable price of ten bucks.

    Photos that look crystal clear and sharp in a normal 4x6 or 3x5 size can appear grainy or out of focus when enlarged. That's not anyone's fault, just a nature of the beast, so to speak. Pro photographers use special equipment and settings to allow their photos to look good when enlarged, but most of us are just amateurs trying to capture our pup's personality in a pic.

    The only thing I'd like to see included in next year's calendar is a pic of one of my pups! Of course, I'd have to submit a pic for that to happen!

    Thanks for all of the time and effort you put into this project, Ashley. I enjoy my calendar every day. I especially like knowing that my purchase helped rescue efforts. Good job!

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    Ladies,

    If you have any left-over 2007 Calendars I'd like to purchase one.

    Thanks,
    Joanne
    Mum to Tucker, born May 14, 2005

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