The second annual Fancy Dog took place at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday July 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the lawn, z-path and North Terrace of the Pavilion. Fancy Dog is a fundraising event sponsored by SAM, TASTE, City Dog Magazine, Mud Bay, and Seattle Met Mag – proceeds support the Pet Project at Seattle Humane.
“I volunteered at a Pet Project Clinic – observed the importance of the patient/pet connection and immediately wanted to make a difference,” said TASTE General Manager Kristin White. “There was a client named Russell and his dog Delores who I met. There was an amazing bond that Russell had with his beloved companion. He was so grateful to have the care provided for Delores. It was clear to me that pets are a lifeline for people with terminal illnesses. I had to make a bigger contribution.”
The Fancy Dog event concept embarks (no pun intended) on unchartered territory where guests create costumes for their pups while, at the same time, enjoy gourmet “fancy hot dogs” for carnivores and vegetarians alike.
“It was important to me to appeal to a wide demographic – foodies, dog lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, families, and kids,” White said. “No dog – no pawblem! I don’t have dogs and can’t wait to attend for the pooch-watching, delicious food, entertainment, and outdoor experience.”
Several of the Pet Project clients were invited to enjoy the event festivities and had the opportunity to judge the “Fanciest Dog” costume contest. The City Dog Mutt Mixer Lounge VIP outdoor space with tenting provided VIPs (very important pooches) mixing and mingling time with fellow dog lovers, while listening to live music, enjoying a complimentary adult beverage and a VIP swag bag.
This year’s Fancy Dog event featured kid-friendly activities, including a Bow Wow photo booth, DIY costume station, contest, prizes for “Fanciest Dog,” tail waggin’ treats, gourmet fancy dogs from TASTE Dante’s Inferno Dogs, and sweet treats from the POP UP ice cream bike.
More than 250 guests and volunteers, plus 30 sponsors stepped up to support the Seattle Humane Pet Project and $7,350.35 was raised for the organization. Proceeds from Fancy Dog will cover an entire year of veterinary services for over 250 Pet Project clients and 300+ beloved furry companions, including the following: lab work, vaccines, medicines like antibiotics and pain medications, x-rays and dental care, transportation, food, “and love.”