The signs that fall has arrived are everywhere: kids are back in school, Starbucks is promoting its pumpkin spice latte, and third quarter estimated taxes have been paid. Even though this weekend marks the official start of fall, some of us are still scrolling through pictures from our summer adventures. 

Associate Todd Betor and his wife, Michelle, spent part of the summer honeymooning in France. Before finding their inner Francophile, Todd and Michelle kicked off their trip with their friends’ wedding in London and idyllic Surrey. One of their trip highlights was biking throughout Ile de Ré, a small island off France’s western coast, where they stopped at coastal oyster shacks on their way to the beach. From there, Todd and Michelle rounded out their European honeymoon with stays in Bordeaux, Saint-Tropez, and Paris. Maybe Todd still has some French wine he could share with his colleagues.

Partner Todd Lard spent his summer vacation on a photo safari in Rwanda. After going on an African safari a few years ago, Todd and his partner, Brian, were inspired to visit another part of the continent. Rwanda is one of the few places in the world to see mountain gorillas in the wild and is devoting a lot of resources to protecting the wildlife. Todd remarked that the Rwandans were also some of the friendliest people he’s met on his travels. The highlight of the trip? Spending time with the gorillas in the wild, where Todd and Brian saw the oldest silverback in the park and a one-day-old baby gorilla. Todd was so inspired by his experience that he donated to Gorilla Doctors, an organization that provides medical care to the mountain gorillas. A true traveler, Todd is already looking ahead to a spring trip to Japan and a Canadian adventure to see the polar bears.

We hope the tale of two Todds inspires you to think about more than taxes.

From global tax planning to off-road driving adventures in the wilds of Pennsylvania – these women in tax rock!  Counterclockwise from the driver, Carol Wuerffel of Ameren, Chanel Frazier of BlackRock, Sharon Heck of Intel and our very own Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner, Maria Todorova.

Meet Teyo, a mixed breed, part Boxer and part American bulldog owned by Karen Galdamez, Director of National and International Meetings at the Council On State Taxation (COST). Teyo has always exceeded his owners’ expectations. Karen recounts that when she and her family adopted Teyo at just 10 weeks old, the staff at Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) said that Teyo would be around 30 to 40 pounds. Teyo currently weighs 104 pounds, which has earned him the nickname, “Big Boy,” a moniker he answers to.

True to his nickname, Teyo loves to eat just about anything, but his favorite food is chicken and rice soup followed by ice cream as a close second. He’s also very crafty about getting treats. If he wants a dog treat, he sits in front of the cabinet where his food is stored, but if he wants a human treat, Teyo will park himself in front of the oven.

Teyo communicates his feelings in other ways, too. When Karen was packing for a recent trip, Teyo threw her already packed sweaters on the floor when she wasn’t looking. She later discovered he’d also chewed several buttons off her sweaters, as well. Teyo’s favorite way to communicate with his family is to snuggle. He doesn’t let his size deter him from being a lap dog, even with Karen’s niece. When he’s not snuggling, Teyo loves exploring the park. Teyo is currently undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma cancer, and his vet feels that, because Teyo is so young and strong, he’s a great candidate for his cancer to go into remission.

 

We’re sending Teyo and his family our warmest wishes for a speedy recovery!

To submit YOUR pet to be featured, visit the Eversheds Sutherland SALT Shaker App, click the Pet of the Month in the drop-down menu, then click “Submit A Pet.”

We at the SALT Shaker are serious about our mission to shake things up in state and local tax, which is why we are launching SALT Society.

In addition to tracking legislation, analyzing cases and previewing upcoming presentations, we want to share the happenings that impact the lives of state and local tax practitioners. The SALT Society will allow us to not only celebrate your pets, but also to celebrate you!

Please share with us pictures from your personal events such as a vacation, a favorite hobby, a new baby, wedding news or a house move. We plan to share our important happenings as well.

Kicking things off are photos of Jeff Friedman‘s summer trip to Cuba with his daughter and Maria Todorova’s adventures with her family in Alaska.

Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Jeff Friedman and his daughter in Cuba.
Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Jeff Friedman and his daughter in Cuba.
Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Maria Todorova adventures with her family in Alaska.
Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Maria Todorova adventures with her family in Alaska.
Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Maria Todorova adventures with her family in Alaska.
Eversheds Sutherland SALT partner Maria Todorova adventures with her family in Alaska.

Let us know how you spent your summer vacation!