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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkVallarta Living | December 2006 

Pet Picnic - It's A Dog's Life
email this pageprint this pageemail usLaura Gelezunas - PVNN


Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta "went to the dogs" as they hosted the first annual Pet Picnic. Banderas News video journalist, Laura Gelezunas, gives us a look at the "mutts" that were strutting their stuff.
Puerto Vallarta - All dressed up and the place to be was Daiquiri Dick's on Los Muertos Beach as they hosted the first annual Pet Picnic on December 9th.

Over 60 doggies and their best friends made an appearance at this fun-filled charity event to benefit the Animal Shelter of Puerto Vallarta.

"I was overwhelmed by the response," said Tari Bowman, owner of Daiquiri Dick's, "We were expecting maybe 25 people, but the turnout was truly amazing... and the dogs were so well-behaved!"

There was a fashion show, an obedience demonstration, a picnic lunch, and of course, a doggie bag. A raffle was held with all kinds of great prizes and everyone got acquainted with other animal lovers.

"We have met a lot of people around here that have dogs, so we decided to come and support the cause," said David Rathje of Puerto Vallarta.

The staff from the animal shelter was also on hand to show off some of the dogs available for adoption. Five of the pups went into foster homes - and one lucky guy found new owners.

One animal lover, Helen Hartung, said, "I feel strongly that we need to support our animals, because they have no voice. We have to be their voice and we have to take care of them. All they give is unconditional love."

Almost $12,000 pesos were raised to fund the construction of a cat facility and a puppy corral at the Animal Shelter. Plans are to start construction in January 2007, and organizers hope to make the Pet Parade another tail wagging event next year.



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