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Pre-Westminster Fashion Show was all that and more!

We're at Westminster!

Last Friday, Kenny and I attended our first Pre-Westminster Fashion Show and Awards at the New York Pennsylvania Hotel. Always a fan of a “party with a purpose,” this event also benefited the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.

For a donation of $25, I was treated to an impressive gift bag, hot buffet, a runway show, a dog wedding and cash bar, not complaining, it was after all a charity event. And although it seemed as if there were several parties going on simultaneously, the scheduled runway show did feature such fabulousness as a $5k Swarovski crystaled dress and the stars of the upcoming tv reality show: Doggie Moms, a six-part series, which kicks off today, Feb. 16th at 9:30 p.m. on NYC Life.

Doggie Moms actors

Dogs, large and small dressed in their Sunday best, were in attendance to celebrate and congratulate those people who have made some significant animal rescue contributions. For me, that was fantastic to see – but of course my focus was on the “fashions” (said like Dwight from RHOA) that were being displayed in the back of the ballroom.

I was impressed with many of the designer lines that were present, albeit many do cater to the smaller and female dog. What about our boys and the full bodied? Still on the hunt for those kinds of items. The beautiful crocheted sweaters by See Spot Knit and custom coats by PoochKiss were simply adorable and even better would not require a trip to the cleaners. Cozy Puff Dog Beds are said to be available in a myriad of colors/sizes and the souvenir equivalent to the “I love NY t-shirt,” Les Pets en Voyage! were also some of my faves.

Attendee of Westminster Pre-Show

Aside from the apparel and accessories, I met loads of folks who have made the awesome choice to adopt a rescue dog. It made my heart smile to see that so many lovable animals with broken spirits were given a second chance.

To round out the evening, Kenny and I ran into Sookie, who looks as if she could be kin, so we had to take a picture with her and her mom, who is a strong supporter of Sean Casey.

All in all, a nice evening out meeting new friends and reconnecting with old contacts.

Coming soon… meet the Crown Heights Dog Whisperer, Dexter. He and his African Mastiff, Zobo, stole the back-room show and Zobo, my heart with his docile demeanor and silent strength. Until next time…

What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #3

Top Tips from Top Trainers

Not exactly your fancy-schmancy type of gift, but this guide is genius! The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training, with its practical style, A-Z format and comprehensive coverage is a great tool for the development of a strong or better relationship with your dog… and just after a few pages, Top Tips had me saying “a-ha!,” a lot.

If you’re curious as to why your dog may do certain things, in the case of Kenny – who loves to paw at me at night when he wants to be rubbed, Top Tips taught me how to train him on unwanted behavior. Want to know what the experts say about crating and dominance over other canines and possibly you? With over 1000 suggestions, there is something that can be learned by all.

Top Tips’ cover price is $19.95 and can be found at major retail book stores.

What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #2

Celie Leg Warmer

Pet parents… looking for a great stocking stuffer for your little lady? Check out Telicia Bunch’s line of leg warmers for your little girl. Starting at $34.99, this 100% cashmere accessory is trending this season and are such the fashion statement. Telicia’s fascination with style started at a young age. She says “Dolls and a house full of dogs were her constant companions and it was her love of dogs and love for fashion that helped her decide to enter the growing industry of dog fashion and to launch her eponymous collection, Te-leash-a by Telicia.”

Toten Open Carrier

Telicia’s expertise in creating these gorgeous pieces for dogs comes from her strong background in design. What I especially loved about her line was the butter soft leather carrying bags. The Toten is the ultimate purse style carrier and is completely open and allows your pet to see and be seen. It has two large pockets on the outsides and two small pockets on the sides, all with snap closure, as well as a zipper pocket on the interior. The hot pink interior lining provides that fashionable pop of color and of course there is an interior safety strap with harness hook. For those that want a more enclosed style, the Travelin Thru carrier has four large pockets with zip closure on the outside, two smaller pockets on the side, and a zipper pocket on the interior. There is plenty of ventilation on all four sides that provide a comfortable ride for your pet. For more info on these items and more, click HERE.

Remember November 27th is the first-ever Small Business Saturday – a day to come together and champion for the small businesses we love. These are the businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies. Shop and show your support tomorrow!

Kenny Walks for a Cause!

Last month Kenny and I supported the Best Friends Animal Society’s NYC Strut Your Mutt event to end pet homelessness and hunger in NYC.

Kenny's all set for the walk.

Getting up bright and early is our routine, but getting dressed for a day in the City, for a great cause, was icing on the cake. What an amazing time we had meeting other dogs and owners who also care about this very important issue facing dogs and pets all over the City.

The Strut Start

Our two-mile walk was along the West Side Highway, offering great views of NJ across the Hudson River. Along the way we took a look inside Paws to Doors, a petmobile service for dog owners who travel with their canine companions. A cool concept, however, I couldn’t help but wonder what such a service would cost. Prices start as low as $20, and given that they are offering comfort, safety and cleanliness for your little one. Might be worth a try – one day. As we crossed the finish line, I couldn’t help but notice all of the vendors on site offering adorable bonding activities like yoga with your dog to kids participating in the paw-to-hand print painting activity. We took a breather and met several owners who had rescue dogs. One in particular, we fell in love with was Bear and he fell in love with my daughter, Nia.

Nia and Bear

Petmobile Service: Paws to Doors

While we had a wonderful time, we were mindful that the very core of all the work of Best Friends Animal Society is to keep their dream alive that one day kindness will replace cruelty, and animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. That spaying and neutering will become commonplace, and adoption will be the first choice for everyone. With our support, shelters will have the knowledge and resources to help rehabilitate special-needs animals and find the right family for every animal. Making this dream a reality is the mission Best Friends Animal Society calls No More Homeless Pets®.

A perfect view of NJ.

Thanks to all who generously sent us a few bucks! We happily made our contribution and funds raised by Strut Your Mutt participants went directly to participating local rescue groups (Best Friends Network Charities) and to Best Friends local programs in New York (and Los Angeles) that support their mission.

I was so inspired that Kenny and I will keep you posted about this and any other upcoming causes that need our voices. It was our pleasure to be a part of this campaign.

Until next time…