We at IPAHW want to knowledge that unless Black Lives Matter, all lives do not matter. IPAHW supports those in the community that are taking up the fight to end systemic racism and oppression in our society.
We commit to making safe and affirming places for all our Black siblings in the community.
5/13/2020: PLEASE be patient as we process refunds and messages. We have gotten hundreds of messages through the website and through our personal social media accounts. We are getting to them as quickly as we can. PLEASE read the update below before sending messages; the question that you have may be answered in the updates.
5/1/2020: As we all know, navigating life right now can be a day-by-day challenge and any form of definitive future planning has become very nearly impossible.
Last night the greater IPAHW board had a meeting that had only one topic: “How do we make IPAHW as safe as possible?”. The unanimous conclusion was that we need to delay IPAHW a few months, in hopes that the immediate crisis will be averted by the end of the summer. IPAHW has secured postponement dates and will be officially moving to October 15-18, 2020.
This was not a decision that was made lightly. We have watched the social media chats/posts from so many people who are looking forward to a “family reunion” type event, once the Stay-at-Home orders have been rescinded. Our initial hope had been that we are far enough into the summer to be able to operate safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, models and predictions have been changing daily. As some states begin to relax their sheltering orders, it could be a month or more before we know the impact. We simply don’t feel, at this time, that we can make any kind of assurance that we can keep our attendees safe, if we attempt to have a July event. History may prove us wrong and July may see the world re-opened, but we don’t find that there is any way to have that assurance at any point in the near future, while people still have the ability/opportunity to change plans.
For those who have registered, your registration and room reservations will be automatically transferred to the October 15-18 dates. For those who have paid, but will be unable to attend the new dates, we will give you the choice of either a refund or the corresponding 2021 Registration/products. Please be patient with us while we process the many, many requests for information, and now refunds, that have been coming through. For those on payment plans, we will change the due dates of the final two payments to September 1 and October 1. Those who have missed any payments will NOT be in jeopardy of losing their reservations, provided that they are caught up by September 1.
Mission Statement & Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is committed to making its events a safe and welcoming environment. IPAHW wants each attendee to understand that consent, inclusion, and safety are active choices and not just passive assumptions. Our space is open and welcoming to any and all Human Pets, Trainer/Handlers, Admirers, and those expressing curiosity about the scene in a respectful manner. To help with this understanding, we have put together a few basic guidelines and things to consider:
Always ask for permission to touch people and/or their property. To help make things easier, IPAHW has provided two color-coded wristbands. Green means 'hugs and social touching is ok.' Red means, 'ask before any physical contact. If someone is without a wristband or their wristband isn't visible, always assume that verbal consent is required. Sexual or suggestive contact should always be negotiated.
This space is provided to help explore and enjoy the Human Pet scene. Those who share our space need to be aware that there may be blatant displays of kink and sexuality. If this kind of open environment is of concern, we would recommend that you not attend.
Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.
Do not shame the interests of others (sexual or otherwise) in word, action, or behaviour.
Do not shame people’s bodies or self expression in word, action or behaviour.
Do not photograph anyone who has not given you express consent. Be mindful that not everyone has the luxury of having home and work lives that are safe from discrimination. If you accidentally snap someone in the background, crop or edit them out. There is an event photographer who will be taking photos and doing their best to blur out those who do not consent.
Do not tag people on social media without their consent.
October 15-18, 2020
The Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center (2930 Waterfront Parkway) will again be the IPAHW host hotel. The Waterfront has a very long history of community support. We have negotiated a room rate that allows us to rent out the entire hotel from Thursday, July 9 - Sunday, July 12.
For 2020, the hotel rooms will be booked directly from our website. Payment is required in advance. Full refunds will be given for cancellations until July 1st.
**All site photos courtesy of Bruce Hardin