Popping Balloons for Fun — And a Great Cause

One of the biggest problems when you are relocating or renovating an existence home is finding suitable accommodation that will happily have your pets too. The same applies to accommodation when you are working in a city for a couple of weeks. The Home 2 Suites, a Hilton brand, offers extended stay suites with a welcome mat for pets too!

This fast-growing brand has over 215 hotels nationwide with another 400 in the pipeline. These mid-tier, all-suite, award-winning extended-stay hotels offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. There’s complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room designs; laundry and fitness areas; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business centers; expansive community spaces; AND a pet-friendly environment!

Recently, Twinkie the Jack Russell, a former Guinness Book of World Record holder for balloon popping, was invited  by the  hotel chain to visit and engage in her favorite activity — balloon popping. But this time is was for charity. Twinkie was challenged to pop 120 balloons and the brand offered to donate $100 per balloon to the Warrior Canine Connection,an organization that trains and provides service dogs to help wounded veterans. The money will cover a leash, collar and starter supplies, including a service dog vest, for all of WCC’s puppies beginning their training next year. The WCC service dog vests are made of uniforms worn by members of our nation’s military who have served around the world.

It goes without saying it was a breeze for this pooch!!

The adorable dog, who is owned by experienced trainer Doree Sitterly, broke the 2015 record by popping 100 balloons in just under 40 seconds, beating out Cally the Wonderdog. Twinkie seemed to have inherited her love for balloon popping from her mother, Anastasia, who held the record for seven consecutive years after her run in 2008.

Twinkie has certainly earned her $12 000 donation. But I hope the Hilton people also  sent her a box of her favorite treats …