Archive for April, 2010

Humane Society’s Great Catsby event was a record-breaking cat’s meow

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The 1920’s themed Puttin’ On the Leash was a roaring success for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.  The event, entitled The Great Catsby this year, had over 1,000 attendees – decked out in flapper dresses, feather boas and zoot suits – and raised over $300,000!  That’s an incredible accomplishment at any time but especially in the current economy.

“We are so inspired by the generosity and commitment of our community to our organization,” said Lisa Pedersen, CEO of Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “Puttin’ On The Leash is truly a celebration of the amazing relationships we share with our pets and the enrichment they bring to our lives.”

Catsby and Daisy, two shelter cats, welcomed attendees at the door then sent them off to snap up nearly 600 silent auction bid items.  While perusing the silent auction, guests were treated to vintage dances performed by “Watch Your Step!”  and sampled delicious goodies from over 20 Boulder-area caterers and restaurants.  Then it was on to the live auction, emceed by Channel 7 News’ chief meteorologist, Mike Nelson, along with his special guest Dr. Lee Woods of Broadway Animal Hospital.

The 26 live auction items included European vacations (the good kind, not the Chevy Chase kind), an Ultimate Training Experience with Lindsay Wood and the amazing Natural Habitat Polar Bears Tour package.

Event co-chairs, the ever-vivacious and charming Renee Shires (my friend and neighbor!) and Patty Young plus Silent Auction co-chairs Amanda Ford and Linda Oliver were on hand to oversee this 18th annual gala which is one of the largest charity events in Boulder and the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Helping to make it all possible were a staff of 200 volunteers and the evening’s event title sponsors: Colorado Capital Bank, Moet and Chandon Champagne, Nuf Said Advertising, Superior Liquor and UBS, with auction sponsors HW Home.

Proceeds from the event will provide life-saving services, behavioral training, rehabilitation services and various assistance programs offered by the Humane Society.

Dames and daddy-o’s: dont’ miss the Great Catsby Puttin’ On the Leash event for the Humane Society

Calling all flappers and fat cats: the 1920’s will be roaring again at the Great Catsby Puttin’ On The Leash event!  This is the 18th year the Humane Society of Boulder Valley has put on this extraordinary event and it promises to be another humdinger of a fundraiser for them.

Enjoy gourmet food and drinks from your favorite local restaurants and purveyors of hooch. Delight in the vignette dancers hoofin’ it up with the Charleston and the Toddle. Smooch with the adorable shelter dogs that will be roaming the crowd.  Schmooze with special guests Dr. Lee Woods of Broadway Animal Hospital and Mike Nelson, Chief Meteorologist of DenverChannel7.  And of course, join in the silent and live auctions featuring over 500 spectacular items.  (click here to view the auction items)  And all the while, you’ll know you’re helping the homeless animals at the HSBV.

So don’t be a wet blanket all you fellas and dolls, put on your best 1920’s glad rags and come help the Humane Society raise some heavy sugar (that’s big money) — it’ll be the cat’s pajamas!

When & Where:
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 6-10 p.m.
Coors Event Center, CU Boulder Campus – 950 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO 80309
General Stadium Seating – $50 per person; Table Seating – $100 per person; Table of 8 – $720 per table
Register and view auction items at . For more information call 303-442-
4030 ext. 634 or email

Pooch helps pop the question

“I’d like to arrange a photo shoot as a gift for my girlfriend.  And could you do one extra little thing? …”    So began one of the most distinctive shoots I’ve had so far.   Anthony went on to explain that he wanted photos of his girlfriend, Natalie with her dog, Abigail, and himself.  And at the end of the  session he wanted me to photograph him getting down on one knee and proposing!  To Natalie, not Abigail — just to be clear.  I think Abigail approved when her lady said, “YES!”

Balls, Balloons and Big Sad Eyes

More recent photos from Doghouse Studios shoots.  See lots of adorable dogs and cats at our online gallery

Cockers, Calicos and more …

Slideshow of recent Doghouse Studios shoots.  You can see more charming canines (and cats) at the Doghouse Studios online gallery!


The 10th Annual Canine Classic: live music, beer, food and lots of tail sniffing

Ahhh, springtime in Boulder.  What better way to celebrate the season than to spend a Saturday morning at the Res, kicking back

The Canine Classic promises to be a blast for the furry and their friends

with a beer, listening to live music and watching a couple thousand dogs sniff each others’ butts?

If that’s the sort of thing you’re into, then the Canine Classic 5k Run/Walk is the place you want to be. Especially if you’re a dog.  Or if you love a dog or you’ve ever met a dog or you just want to hang out with dogs while you enjoy live music and a beer.  Did I mention there will be beer?  And dogs?

The Canine Classic is a dog-friendly walk/run that benefits MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) which is a non-profit organization that serves Boulder and Broomfield counties.

In addition to the aforementioned live music and beer and dogs, you’ll also find a local vendor expo and “incredible displays of canine talent,” according to Jessica Shannon of MESA.  Can’t wait to find out what that means…

  • What: 10th Annual Canine Classic 5k Run/Walk
  • When: April 18, 2010
  • Where: Boulder Reservoir 5565 51st St., Boulder, CO
  • What to bring: your dog, your running/walking shoes, your open and generous wallet
  • Registration is at 7:30 am or you can register online here
  • Race/walk begins at 9:00 am.
  • Canine Carnival and Events are from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm


Get more info on MESA

Register online for Canine Classic

Get a map to the Boulder Res

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