YOU COULD CALL US THE PUP-ARAZZI
Last night we had the privilege of covering the hottest event in town: The posh paws from the Cavalier Group of Greater Birmingham took to the, er- cavwalk for a special fashion show to benefit Cavalier Rescue USA, and it was nothing short of fur-bulous.
PAWS FOR A CAUSE
In collaboration with Dog Days of Birmingham, Birmingham Fashion Week and Patricia "Patt" Savastano of Spoiled Dog Designs, members of our Cavalier group donned the finest in canine couture as they strutted down the runway with local celebrities. Lily and I were backstage with the fashion hounds as they got dressed in handmade ready-to-wear pieces that Patricia designed specially for the Dog Days Fashion Show.
The generosity of the Cavalier owners who participated in the show will directly benefit Cavalier Rescue USA. The non-profit, 501(c)(3)organization finds new homes for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels nationwide, meeting the needs of the dogs and enriching the lives of their new companions. Every dog that comes into Cavalier Rescue USA's care receives a thorough veterinary examination and sometimes, ongoing medical treatment for any diseases or physical disorders. The organization takes in Cavaliers from a variety of sources, ranging from private homes where owners find themselves unable to care for the dog, to backyard puppy mill breeders looking to dump "unwanted" puppies and bitches. After the rescued Cavaliers are healthy or on the road to recovery, efforts from volunteers like our Alabama/Georgia Regional Coordinator Brittney Wilk ensure that the dogs are placed in loving foster care and eventually, the ideal new home.
The Uppity Puppy is an advocate of Cavalier Rescue USA's work, and we were proud to play puparazzi as our friends raised support and funds for the organization.
END DOG NUDITY
The innovation of our friend, local attorney, and Cavalier lover Angie Ingram, The Dog Days of Birmingham Fashion Show unfolded behind the scenes long before the pups ever took to the cavwalk. With the coordination of television star and Birmingham Fashion Week Celebrity Host Tara Gray, and just a short amount of lead time, Patt Savastano put together a spectacular show that everyone will be barking about for weeks.
Every outfit created by Patt and her team at Spoiled Dog Designs is a work of art. Using measurements provided by the Cavalier owners, Patt sewed a custom piece for each dog model to ensure proper fit and comfort. While the average pup might find the ensembles a tad outrageous for everyday wear, there's no denying that Patt takes every precaution to make sure her pieces will fit appropriately and safely - no matter what the occasion. The collection includes more than just clothing: harnesses, collars, and leashes are all available for the more conservative canine. All of her pieces are made with love and the lighthearted mission: END DOG NUDITY.
THE FUR-SHION DOESN'T END HERE
To make a donation to Cavalier Rescue USA or find out how to adopt or volunteer to be a foster parent, visit the website at http://www.cavalierrescueusa.org.
To shop the full Birmingham Fashion Week collection by Spoiled Dog Designs, visit http://www.spoileddogdesigns.com/collections/birmingham-fashion.
To Angie Ingram, Tara Gray, Birmingham Fashion Week, Dog Days of Birmingham, Patricia Savastano, Spoiled Dog Designs, Brittney Wilk, and all the Cavalier models whose owners donated and participated: Thank you for having The Uppity Puppy as your "puparazzi!" It was an honor to work with such fashionable fur in support of a wonderful cause and we hope to see you again!