If you live anywhere in the Las Vegas area and are a dog lover I sure hope you managed to get to the Orleans Arena yesterday and attend this fundraising event hosted by the Animal Foundation. It was tremendous. But you ask - who were the winners. Well, some would say the winners are all the fur friends that got adopted yesterday. Still others would say that it is the Animals Foundation that won. After all, they ran a very successful event, raised money to help them with their continued efforts, and did a great job bringing attention not only to the plight of shelter pets, but also to the advantages and shear joy of adopting a shelter pet. So maybe the winners are actually all of the families that went home with a new four-legged family member at the end of the event! I guess everybody won.
But some of the dogs that actually received honors in the show may want me to give them their due publicity. So - here it goes.
The Small Dog Category
Meet SLINKY. This 19 month old, red, long haired Dachshund took the title of Best in Group for the Small Dog Group.
This handsome young fellow was adopted at the end of the ceremonies and was able to go home with his new family.
The Variety Pack Category
Meet Georgia. This 5 month old, female, beautiful, brindle Dutch Shepherd walked away with the Best in Group title for the Variety Pack. Unfortunately I was not able to get a picture of her with her new family. But good job Georgia!
The Medium Dog Category
Nabu is a 6 month old, female, German Shepherd / Husky mix who had the honor of strutting away with the Best in Group title for the Medium Dog Category.
Nabu's day got even better when she received an even bigger award - her new family!
The Large Dog Category
How handsome are the two dogs below. No wonder the audience was simply split down the middle resulting in a tie for the honor of Best in Group for the Large Dog Category.
This is RUFUS! Great name. Rufus was presented as a Saint Bernard mix - which is clearly the correct description. But from my spot on the floor I was able to eavesdrop on many audience members. And I really has to laugh listening to them try to guess what the 'mix' might be.
LANUK is unbelievably handsome and this picture just doesn't do him justice! He's a one year old Siberian Husky with the most gorgeous markings and captivating eyes I've ever seen on a dog. Like I said - the audience just couldn't choose between these two - they tied for the honor.
AND NOW - BEST IN SHOW
OK - Rufus won Best in Show. How could he not? I mean - what an impressive animal. And like Nabu Rufus also won the hearts of a new family that day. See the pictures of Rufus and his people to the right.
You might think awarding Best in Show AND having that dog find his new family would be both the highlight of and the end of the day - right? Wrong!
One of the many auctions of the day included the 'Pick of the Litter' title. The winner of this auction was able to choose any dog that has appeared in the show that day and take him home. Well, the bidding went on, and on and on. . . And I think it only stopped when everyone in the audience realized how desperately this young family wanted to win and how much their dad wanted to win it for them. The bidding stopped at $3,000.And the winner was . . .
None of the dogs that even placed in the group competitions. But instead, an adorable, little, 3 month old, terrier mix appropriately named Benji. So here's Benji with his new family.
Meet Curly - an older but incredibly loving Cocker Spaniel that was dumped at the Brooklyn NY shelter by his family. This poor guy is obviously suffering from glaucoma which causes intense pressure and pain in the eyes. On being checked by the vet it was also determined that his ears are completely calcified from severe neglect and he requires a dual Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA).
Both glaucoma and this ear condition are excruciatingly painful and he is suffering with both simultaneously. But remains loving through it all.NY Abandoned Angels Rescue is running a fundraising event called 'Candy for Curly' to raise money to cover the $4000 needed to cover Curly's surgery. This event is selling See's Gourmet Candy. Click here to see the slection and place your order. But if candy is just not your thing and you still want to help Curly click here to make a tax deductible donation to Curly's care. Just click the 'Donate' button on the NY Abandoned Angels Rescue website.let's see if we can do more for the care of this poor dog than his family did for him!
Do you remember Haddaway - everybody did the same dance to it! But how did this Brussels Griffon learn it?
This little guy could support his family just making more videos like this one!
My Boston Terrier did this to me when we were driving cross country. It was the first time I had him in the front seat when it rained. But I didn't have a camera handy!
This poor little Brussels Griffon is really trying to understand his people!
ANOTHER COMEDIC BULLY BREED!!!
This is Buddy defending himself against a dangerous piece of wood!
This video uploaded by CITYPAUL
This American Bulldog seems to be very unsure about this fish!
This video uploaded by zakinga
This video courtesy of daveyflint
Tell the truth. If this kitten was doing this to your ear would you be this patient and gentle? Staffies are one of the most patient and gentle and loyal breeds ever!