Today we experienced something completely different. Here is a little bit of back information to set the stage:
Our neighbours, Sylvia and Charlie, have a golden-doodle dog, Amber. We all enjoy Amber and earlier in the week Sylvia invited us to a fund-raiser event for the local dog rescue, SPI Friends of Animal Rescue. The event was being held at a local watering hole, and was promoted as A Dog Gone Wedding.
Now we have seen some pretty unusual, or should I say crazy, behaviours from dog owners. Of course we have seen small dogs with coats when the weather is cold, we have seen dogs with booties while walking in the snow, but. Have you seen dogs being walked, or should I say pushed in a stroller or in a wagon behind a bicycle? Have you seen dogs rolling up the isles in a grocery store in the front of a shopping cart? How about costumes for dogs, have you seen those? If you want to see costumes, you needed to be at the wedding. From flowing skirts, bow ties, tuxedos and sun glasses, they were there.
The MC did an excellent job of keeping the program running smoothly even though some of the participants were more excited than others. First off, there was a parade of dogs that were currently at the shelter and were available for adoption. Next we got to see the tricks dogs do. If you knew Max (see picture below) you would say his trick was laying down (scratch my belly). Some of these tricks pretty good. Then we had a parade for the best dressed man followed by the best dressed lady.
I think the judges had a difficult time picking the winners but they had a little bit of time to sort things out while the wedding was taking place. It had already been decided that the bride and groom would be rescue dogs. They were presented, front and centre, while the wedding vows were read. The crowd went wild when the dogs were pronounced married. The crowd also showed their support when the awards were given out for the competitions. Just so you know, Amber won Best Dressed Girl. She is quite a pet.
After the program, the winners of the raffle were announced. During the program, raffle tickets were on sale for a weekend for 2 plus water park passes at the schlitterbahn, a basket of wine and first place was a booze bucket. This bucket, as the name implies, was full of booze and included everything you needed to make a boatload of margaritas.
The raffle winners were being drawn while we were leaving. When the booze bucket was awarded, the winner donated it back to the event so it could be auctioned off. As we reached the street the bid was up to $120. I am not sure where it settled out but I do know all proceeds went back to the Friends of Animal Rescue.