Volume 7 Issue 2

straight from the pony's mouth


Lexx (pitbull)

our pal
of the month

Each month we feature a different Pal as a thank you to those special people who have shared their support and friendship not only with us, but with the entire community.

check your pal status
update your pal status
past pals of the month

You can also update your pal status at any of our shows. See your host for a -We Don't Wanna Miss A Pal- form.


Happy Birthday to our
February Pals!
  6 Bruce
  6 Steve (Gizmo)
  7 Amy
  9 Petey
10 Liam
10 Les
13 Andrew
16 Caitlyn
17 Marcel
18 Mikem
21 Josh (direwolf)

24 Sylvie
26 Adam

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Friday the 2nd. A great night to howl at the moon with Stray at Puzzles or Hound at O'Brien's.

...and now for some unusual, fun & whacky
February observances:

-Marfan Syndrome Awareness
-African American History
-Bird Feeding
-Black History
-Cherry Pie
-Children's Dental Health
-Get To Know and Independent Real Estate Broker
-Hot Breakfast
-Parent Leadership
-Pet Dental Health
-Time Management
-North Carolina Sweet Potato
-Plant the Seeds of Greatness
-Relationship Wellness
-Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket
-Wise Health Care Consumer
-Youth Leadership

Weekly Observances:
-AMD/Low Vision Awareness
-American Heart
-Bake for Family Fun
-IBoost Self Esteem
-IExpect Success
-Library Lovers
-Patient Recognition 1-7
-Publicity for Profit 1-7
-Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend: 1-7
-Women's Heart 1-7
-Children's Authors and Illustrators 5-11
-Get Paid to Shop 5-11
-InterCoaching 5-11
-Consumer Protection 5-11
-Leadership 5-11
-Funeral Service Education 6-10
-Just Say No to Powerpoints 6-10
-School Counseling 6-10
-Freelance Writers Appreciation 6-10
-Love a Mench 6-12
-Congenital Heart Defect Awareness 7-14
-Rejection Awareness 7-14
-Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy 8-14
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8-14 Link
-Winter Olympics XX: 10-26
-Jell-O 12-18
-Celebration of Love 12-18
-Heart Failure Awareness 13-19
-InterFlirting 13-19
-Condom 14-21
-Random Acts of Kindness 14-20
-Great Backyard Bird Count 17-21
-Second Honeymoon Weekend: 17-19
-InterFriendship 19-25
-Engineers 19-25
-Eating Disorders Awareness 2/26 -3/4
-Pancake 2/26 - 3/4
-Telecommuter Appreciation 2/26-3/4

Daily Observances:
-Girls & Women in Sports 1
-Robinson Crusoe 1
-Women's Heart Health 1
-African American Coaches 2
-Groundhog 2
-Groundhog Job Shadow 2
-Hedgehog 2
-Self Renewal 2
-Four Chaplains Memorial 3
-Wear Red 3
-USO 4
-Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA 5
-Super Bowl XL: 5
-Weatherman's 5
-Pay A Compliment 6
-Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor's 7
-Dump Your Significant Jerk 7
-Leadership Success 7
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8
-Laugh and Get Rich 8
-Plimsoll 10
-Be Electrific 11
-Shut-in Visitation 11
-Pro Sports Wives 11
-Satisfied Staying Single 11
-White Shirt 11
-Darwin 12
-Lost Penny 12
-Man 12
-Oglethorpe 12
-World Marriage 12
-Black Love 13
-Get a Different Name 13
-Ferris Wheel 14
-Call In Single 14
-Have a Heart 14
-Race Relations 14
-Quirky Alone 14 Link
-Susan B. Anthony 15
-Gum Drop 15 Link
-My Way 17
-PTA Founders 17
-World Human Spirit 17
-Chocolate Mint 19
-Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo 20
-Presidents 20
-InterMother Language 21
-Single Tasking 21
-Inconvenience Yourself 22
-Curling is Cool 23
-Introduce A Girl to Engineering 23
-Chili 23
-For Pete's Sake 26
-Spay Day USA: 28
-Floral Design 28
-InterPancake 28
-Tooth Fairy 28
-Paczki 28

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l Special Events: Annual DOG DAY Jan. 31st at The LookOut
l Venue News: Swizzles still closed following fire damage
l Staff News: gator, stray & dog will all return to Swizzles when it reopens
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Pal News: Paws for thought
l Singing Tips: "Get Your Head Straight by 2008"
l Show Schedule: February 2007  [Print Monthly Calendar]

In this issue we bring you news on Pals getting married, Pals having babies, Pals who've moved and Pals who are visiting. We also bring tidings of DOG DAY, celebrating 325 years on January 31st. The party will be at the LooKout.

We're in the home stretch of winter. Spring is almost in sight. To help beat those winter blues you can join us in song and merriment at any of our regular weekly venues.

February marks "Pay A Compliment Day" on the 6th, "Darwin Day on the 12th, Valentines Day on the 14th, Gum Drop Day on the 15th and, would you believe, is also Cherry Pie Month? [more]

Groundhog Day is February 2nd but did you know that this observance, also known as Candlemas goes way back in history to biblical times when The Law of Moses stated that parents were obligated to bring their first born son to the church and make an offering to God on his behalf? This typically took place after the baby was 40 days old. Based on the belief that Jesus was born on December 25 it is thought that Mary presented Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem on February 2nd, following his 40-day period of purification after he was born .

So what does this have to do with groundhogs and shadows you ask? You did ask right?

Well, see, there was a medieval superstition that all hibernating animals (not just the groundhog) came out of their caves and dens on Candlemas to check on the weather.  If they could see their shadow, it meant that winter would go on for another 6 weeks (and they could go back to sleep.)  A cloudy day indicated that spring was just around the corner. 

In England, France and Canada, the farmers used to watch for the stirring of the "Candlemas Bear" as a sign that springtime was coming.  In Ireland, it was the hedgehog. In Germany it was the badger.  The return of hibernating animals meant nature was giving them a sign. A change in seasons was being announced!  And, anyone whose livelihood or survival depended depended on the changing of seasons paid very close attention to all signs.

The early German settlers, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, brought this custom to the United States and gave rise to the legend of Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog in Pennsylvania believed to be a century old.

Phil is loved so much, that U.S. troops were actually assigned to guard him as of February 2, 2002.

Professional weather researchers have determined that the groundhog has been correct only 28% of the time. Hmmm...more paws for thought.


Special Events: Monthly Calendar

DOG DAY - Wed. Jan 31 at the LookOut (celebrating 315 years)


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

THURSDAYS 9pm-1am w/Dog

Earn a bonus paw between Jan.18 to Feb.22 to celebrate the NEW Thursday show!!!

Congratulations to Trisha, Kathleen, Terry, Liam, Moe, Barb, Shanon, Jason, Scotty, Lexx, Glenn, Jenn, Ky, Katie, Cris, Coco, Susan, Richie, Laura and Richard for earning your bonus paws.

Remember, if you already received a paw for Cock & Lion for the Saturday show you are eligible to earn a bonus paw until the last Thursday in February.

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

Join the dog for a great howl at the moon Wednesdays 9:30pm-1:30am

The Lookout features a fabulous balcony overlooking the Market as well as a fabulous market overlooking the balcony ;)

WED. JANUARY 31 at the LookOout

Celebrating 315 years.




1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

- w/Hound
Saturdays - w/Dog 9:30-1:30

Where the party happens every weekend!



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

Mondays w/Hound & Stray 9pm-1am
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1am

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

Fridays 9pm-1am w/Stray


[map] [photos] [schedule]


1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

The Last Thursday Every Month
9pm-1am w/Coyote

Next Party: THURS. FEB. 22

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Swizzles is still closed for repairs.

Check schedule for latest news.

As soon as Swizzles reopens we will resume the regular
4 great nights of Karaoke we've all come to know & love!
Sundays 8:30pm -12:30 w/Dog - Library #33.3
Mondays 9:30-1:30 w/Gator - Library #42
9:30-1:30 w/Stray- Library #9¾
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog - Library #33.3

[map] [photos] [schedule]


...lively & direct from the stables:

Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at
The LookOut, Thursdays at The Cock & Lion and Saturdays at O'Brien's,

Hound hosts Thursdays at the Royal Britannia Pub, Fridays at O'Brien's & teams up with Stray on Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub

Coyote can be spotted at the Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Our adorable Stray hosts the party every Friday at Puzzles and Mondays with Hound at the Royal Britannia Pub.



Pals comings & goings:

Andrew and Cait (Puppy & Glam Kitten) have moved to Toronto.
Ian (Gopher) moved out to Calgary and is counting down the days until his next visit to Ottawa.
Neye (Zebra) is studying in Vancouver but manages to crawl her way back to Ottawa to party with us from time to time.

Pals getting married:

Neal & Roxy (Wildcat & Linx) are getting married February 24th
Rob T & Crystal are getting married April 14th

Pre-Paw Pals:
Trisha & Dave (Tabby & Retriever) are expecting their first kitten this summer.

Pals doin' stuff:

Christopher (Dog) is pleased to announce his paintings will be showing at the LookOut March 1 - 31.

Do you have news you'd like to share with the pals? Just drop me a line before month's end for inclusion in the next month's Newsletter. ~Pony

Stay in touch with your pals through our message forum. Currently we have almost 300 registered members.

The forum is the 1st place to learn about special events, parties, newest songs and what's happening in the community
the same day we do. I post the newest songs on the forum the day they arrive (although it may take several more days to get the information on the website or printed in the new additions songbooks).

Some areas of the forum are specifically for local patrons and are only accessible to registered users. Drop me a quick message when you register so I can adjust your access.

See our permanently "pawed" pals here.

Puppy Paw Pals have sung at 2 (or more) of our venues and have earned a paw for each venue

Pony Paw Pals support our singers by coming out to 2 or more venues to enjoy the show.
check your own pal status online
update your pal status

Pocket Pal Paw Cards

(collect the whole set)

All our hosts are equiped with:
pal cards & punches
(if you've attended 2 or more D&P shows ask your host for a card)

What is a DOG & PONY Pal? Update Your Pal Status

DOG & PONY Pals enjoy friendship,camaraderie and so much more including special pal pricing for private home and office parties & weddings.

Green Pal Card
2 - 9 paws

Receive a $25 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party

Red Pal Card
20-29 paws

Receive a $75 discount on private party bookings.

Platinum Pal Card
30+ paws

Receive a $100 discount on private party
[limit: 2 pal discounts per year]
Special Prices

Regular Price $20
DOG & PONY Pal Price $10
(includes all taxes)


"Get Your Head Straight by 2008"
by Mark Baxter

From parents to peers to People Magazine, the moment you open your mouth to sing the critics start lining up to offer opinions. How you process their comments will play a great role in your future as an artist. In his autobiography, Barry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, observes that most stars are either super-smart or super-dumb. The super-smart are too intelligent to let negative criticisms get to them and the super-dumb, well, they don't know they've been insulted. So where does that leave the rest of us singers of average intellect? Often, we are overly sensitive to criticism about our voices. That's a shame because some observations can be very beneficial for developing skills and honing an artist vision. To separate the constructive from the destructive, think of each comment thrown your way as a letter. Then, just as you sort your mail at home, start separating the important stuff from the junk.

Create two mailbags in your mind and label them, "What's So," and "So What." "What's So" is a place to put the truth. Use this bag to hold the comments regarding any current reality. Your range, for example, may be something you felt needed expanding and so you began a program of vocal exercises. Any comments concerning range, therefore, can be helpful in monitoring your progress. It's like getting a bill in the mail; even though you can't pay the whole balance you acknowledge the situation and keep working. What hurts, though, is when someone exposes something you have yet to address. If you have always wanted a higher range but haven't done anything about it, comments regarding your lack of high notes will sting. Don't shoot the messenger, get off your duff and start practicing. The only criticisms that can hurt you are the ones you agree with.

The "So What" bag is where you put all the junk mail. Any comment that does not directly help you should be stuffed in here and dealt with at your leisure. Every day I hear sad stories from people who were told long ago by teachers, friends or parents that they couldn't sing. Decades have past and these comments are still haunting them. The only response that I can possibly offer is, "So what?" It's not that I don't care; it's just that I can't change the past. At some point all the items in this bag will have to be acknowledged, but many will not require a response. Noting the source of a comment is important. You certainly don't need to dwell on a remark from someone who doesn't support your goals. Understanding the sender's perspective may also help turn a destructive comment into a constructive one. Ironically, most negative criticisms from parents are just awkward attempts to keep you from getting hurt. Also, plenty of people interchange the words "voice" and "music," so clarify whether it is your singing or the song that's being criticized. If, after all this scrutiny a comment is still bothering you, it's time to admit that you agree with the observation and take some action. Even if all you do is switch the mental bag the comment is stored in, at least you know it's now a work in progress.

Starting today, get in the habit of sorting your mail quickly. Un-filed criticisms tend to float around in our hearts and eat at our confidence. Avoid the automatic defensive retort as well. Emotions make us say unfortunate things, especially to ourselves. In truth, there's no need to respond to any comment other than to acknowledge you heard the person. Singing requires you find yourself, which can take some people a lifetime. Never mind what others are saying about you, the value of a criticism is observing your reaction. What matters will continue to bother you until you address it and what doesn't matter is quickly forgotten. It takes time and practice to empty those mailbags, but in a year you should arrive at a mental state where you are not concerned with how others judge you. And that, my friends, is when you really begin to sing.

Mark Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private and video lessons. To contact him, call: (800)659-6002. Visit his website at:

(reprinted with the kind permission of Mark Baxter)


Serving Your Singing Fix!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for February 2007

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog [closed for repairs]
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound & Stray
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St.9:30-1:30 w/Gator [closed for repairs]
246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Stray [closed for repairs]
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
ThursCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 9-1 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak Orleans1981 St.Joseph 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs each month)
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Hound
344 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Stray
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog [closed for repairs]
SatO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 0 w/Dog

Library #42(Blue Library) 
Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)   [ click to see all Libraries ]

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