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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Leo the adoptable Lab from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Think he might be purr-fect for your family? Read more about him and the Welfare League in my Examiner Article!

6th Annual Blue Jeans Ball


The 6th Annual Blue Jeans Ball is being held Sunday, April 5th, at the Washington Convention Center.

The Blue Jeans Ball is one of Washington's most exciting and unique annual charitable events. It is Capital Area Food Bank's largest special event fundraiser that strives to raise awareness and dollars in the struggle to end hunger.

Ranked as one of Washington's Top 100 Events by Biz Bash, the evening will consist of a moving feast with fine cuisine provided by the region's top chefs, entertainment by Posh Band, and live and silent auctions offering incredible treasures.

I have been asked to attend as a "Guest Chef" and I will be partnered with one of the wonderful local restaurants to assist them with their demonstration. Grab your best jeans, and join me on Sunday to support a great cause!

Tickets are still available!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Your backstage pass to Fashion for Paws 2009


The Washington Humane Society really knows how to throw a party! This year’s Fashion for Paws was held at the Italian Embassy and through the hard work of the WHS staff, fundraising models (through direct donations and ticket sales) and sponsors raised over $240,000.


I arrived at 6pm to start preparing for the festivities. I was immediately greeted by WHS volunteers who offered to help me with my Maltese, Lacy. Want to read more....check out the rest of the article on the Examiner.com

You can vote for Lacy as cutest pet on the runway here!

My article was also picked up by LocalKicks.com


Below are a few photos of Lacy and I getting ready for the show, then for the after party and lounging in the Fendi sponsored VIP Lounge!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Meet Howie!

Howie is a super adorable 3y.o. Hound mix who was found wandering in the Carter Barron Morrow Drive area. Howie is a super social little guy who LOVES touch and loves to put his paws on you. Tolerant and friendly with people and a little shy with other dogs, Howie will benefit from additional socialization and confidence-building in his new forever home. He'd also do best in a home without any kitties. Like most Beagles, he does know how to howl and because of this is likely not the ideal pup for apartment dwellers! Howie is full grown at about 45lbs....

Learn more about Howie here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Adoptable Pet of the Week


I have recently begun writing for the Examiner. I am officially the DC Pet Adoption Examiner!

Each week I will be highlighting a pet that is up for adoption.

This week I am highlighting Bo from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. To read more about Bo and to see my first article as the Pet Adoption Examiner (and a special offer if one of my readers adopts Bo) click here!

and the winner is...



A big congrats to the New Mrs. Delaware, Marci McNair! You can follow her adventures on her wonderful blog. Marci also received the award for Community Service, Fitness and Interview.

A second congratulations goes to the new Ms. Delaware, Trisha Tarantino. Both Marci and Trisha are pictured above receiving their new crowns. (photo courtesy of Yolanda Makle)

I am pictured above with the amazing Siouxzan Nalley Moore of Moore Pageant Productions. Siouxzan is the director for the Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania Mrs. and Ms. United States Programs.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am headed to the Catwalk with my dog!





On Tuesday night I hosted Rock and Roll for Fido with Andrea Rodgers. Andrea and I are both raising money for the Washington Humane Society's Fashion for Paws event. We committed to raising $3000 each for the opportunity to walk on the runway during the Fashion for Paws event.

I am happy to announce that both Andrea and I have hit our goal. I was able to raise funds through direct donations, in-kind sponsorships (which are not reflected on my fundraising page) and funds raised at the Rock and Roll for Fido event.

This year I will be rocking the runway with my Maltese, Lacy, by my side. (Remy has opted to sit out of this event, he says he has had enough of the puparazzi and would prefer a quiet evening at home)

Our good friend Jeff Lutton is only $95 from reaching his goal. Jeff is the owner of Dogtopia of Alexandria and can use your help to get to his goal. You can purchase your ticket or contribute to Jeff's fundraising campaign here.

Pictured with Andrea Rodgers and with my husband Steve

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Dog Show, A Parade and A Pageant

Saturday, March 7th was a busy day in the life of Mrs. Alexandria! I started the day early preparing for the Fun Dog Show. The Fun Dog Show is an annual fundraising event for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. I along with Team Karing by Kristina and Barkley Square host the event at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria. This year sponsors for the event included NOVA Dog Magazine, Dogtopia of Alexandria, Nature's Select DC, Paws and Claws Photography, Paws, Purrs and Exotics Animal Hospital as well as several others all raising money for the AWLA. I am happy to announce that we raised $1500 this year which is almost double the amount raised last year!
I am pictured above with fellow blogger and animal lover Barbara Saylor.


My next stop was the St. Patrick's Day Parade. This event is hosted by the Ballyshaners who began the parade tradition and the Fun Dog Show 28 years ago. I had a fun time riding in the parade in my car sponsored by Karing by Kristina.
My final stop for the day was the Miss Alexandria pageant. I was the official dressing room hostess. I spent the evening helping the contestants with outfit changes, safety pins, top stick and eyelashes! I am pictured above with ErikaThomas, Miss Alexandria 2009!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rock and Roll for Fido and Val Kilmer


The Washington Humane Society has just announced Actor, Val Kilmer, will now be an Honorary Chair of Fashion for Paws, joining Honorary Chairs NBC’s Luke Russert, Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell and DC Council member, Jack Evans. The Mistress of Cermonies will be Pamela Sorenson.

Tickets to the event are still available through my fundraising campaign here. A donation of $75 or more will purchase your ticket.

As a kick off to the Fashion for Paws event I am hosting a fundraiser with fellow fundraising model Andrea Rodgers. Please join us for Rock and Roll for Fido on Tuesday, March 10 from 7-11pm at Tattoo Bar.

We are asking for a $10 donation at the door. There will be drink specials throughout the evening and free champagne for the ladies starting at 10pm.

(pictured above Jack Daniels, the ultimate Rock and Roll Pomeranian, on his recent camping trip)