Monday, July 21, 2014

9th Annual Poodles on Parade: Wooftastic red carpet event for a furtastic organization

My brother and I attended the 9th Annual Poodles on Parade event to help raise funds for Hospice of the Valley. Hospice of the Valley's mission is to help "those facing serious illness by providing comfort through compassionate palliative, hospice and grief care."

My family and I love to sniff out and support these generous organizations that help any living being find care and support during times of need.

What made this event extra wooftastic was the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. Each dog that donated to Hospice of the Valley was given the opportunity to walk the red carpet. Our uncle Chad was the master of ceremonies and we thought he did a furtastic job. Go uncle Chad, woof woof!

uncle Chad on the mic
Solo and I also participated in the competitions. There were four competitive categories (Best Dressed,  Best Kisser, Best Look-a-like, and Most Talented) and one noncompetitive category which gave pups the opportunity to walk down the red carpet without judgement.

panel of judges from Hospice of the Valley & Okashi Barkery
Solo completed in the Best Dressed category and I chose to complete in the Best Kisser category. We did not win any awards but we had fun strutting down the red carpet in style.

We loved watching our furiends walk the red carpet too!
Many of our furiends came out to support the canine festivities and Hospice of the Valley. Obi and Darth Maul were there cheering us on while their mom judge the competitions.

Obi and Darth Maul in custom Raider outfits
Solo's girlfriend, Jun Ko, along with furcousins Boo Boo and Bullet participated in the Best Dressed contest. My girl Rio is a natural kisser and beauty so it was only natural for her to enter into the Best Kisser category.
Jun in a custom couture harness dress
Bullet in his tux
Boo Boo is a designer scarf, leash, and harness
LB Steak hosted this pawesome fundraiser. The umbrellas and chairs helped coral the guests into the shade on this hot day while the free human appetizers and ice cold water gave this event a special s'wag'ger for all to bark about.

Solo loved the beef treats!

TWO BIG PAWS UP to the LB chef and staffers who made the cow shaped beef cookies. These yummy doggity delights were passed out to each dog that attended the event. Solo and I gobbled ours up, woof woof!

We cannot wait to use the attached 15% off lunch coupon in a few weeks with mom too. I am secretly hoping mommy will order me a steak to share with my brother... paws crossed.

We all had a furtastic time, woof woof!
This was a great fundraiser and we cannot wait to help raise funds for Hospice of the Valley next year.  Until then... keep wandering.

Who were we wearing and how do we roll? Solo wore a Black Tie Affair Boy Dog Vest by Emma Rose Designs. I wore a non branded dog tuxedo suit purchased from We strolled around the event in our camo PetZip stroller.

Wagging exclusive! The event was featured in the San Jose Mercury News. I was mentioned in the article along with pictures of my furiends Zeus, Thalia, and Rio! Woof woof!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

9th Annual Bark at the Park with the Oakland A's

9th Annual Bark at the Park 2014
Let's fetch ball! I love visiting the Oakland Coliseum each year to sniff the grass on the field, walk around the warming track, and watch the Oakland A's beat the visiting team.

This year we hung out with our friend Boo Boo at the game!
This year the pup rally took place inside of the stadium. We sniffed out our place in line, showed off our rabies tags to the staff, and entered the stadium.

Just waiting in line... we are so excited! Woof!
We made sure we wore our best Oakland A's outfits. Solo and I both wore our Oakland Athletics t-shirts by Hunter MFG.

My dad made me a special sign to wear while walking on the field. Solo and I barked "I believe in Stephen Vogt! Woof woof!" while walking on the field. Stephen Vogt hit his first MLB home run at Bark at the Park last year and we wanted to cheer him on this year too.

My favorite part of the whole event is walking on the field. I gave out a little howl when we found out the walk on the field was cut short this year.

Usually we get to walk around the entire field but this year we walked a quarter of the track. I still got to sniff the grass and feel that red dirt under my paws.

the view from our seats
front row in section 238
We had great seats too! Solo and I snuggled into our blankets and watch the game while eating our dinner.

dinner at the ballpark

By the end of the night, Solo and I were tired and could not keep our eyes open. We manage to give out a few small bark when the Oakland A's won with a walk off home run.

snuggled up and sleeping in our blankets
We cannot wait to visit the Oakland Coliseum again next year. Until the next ballgame, keep wandering...