Benefit features dog fashion show

Courtesy of Together We Can
Penny is scheduled to model in Together We Can’s fashion show.

Four-legged friends will take to the runway this weekend to raise money for local shelter Pets In Need.

A new volunteer group, Together We Can, is scheduled to host a dog fashion show 3 p.m. Saturday in Los Altos with a raffle, arts and crafts, and homemade dog treats.

“Los Altos is such a dog-friendly community,” said Laura Wiley, one of TWC’s project coordinators. “People love strolling down the street with their dogs. Why not dress them up and stroll down a runway?”

TWC, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, is a community service group for girls in grades 4-12 in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. In August, the girls of TWC voted to spend the year focusing on animal impact and have been volunteering with Animal Assisted Happiness and Pets In Need. They’ve held bake sales to raise money to donate to AAH, but they wanted to host an event for the community to enjoy.

“The dog fashion show is just a way that we want to celebrate all that work and animals and dogs and getting them all dressed up and fun, but then also giving back,” Wiley said.

TWC member Cate Boschken organized shows with her dogs at home when she was younger.

“I used to always dress up my dogs and it would be fun for me – I’m not sure if they liked it or not,” said Cate, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High School. “I thought it was cute and took a bunch of pictures.”

The dogs will be judged and awarded prizes in different categories, including Most Well Behaved and Partners in Crime (owner and dog dress in matching costumes). There will be some costumes provided, but Wiley encourages participants to be creative.

The judges will include Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng.

“I’m most excited for just watching the dogs and how they react,” said Ally Leong, another member of TWC and a seventh-grader at Egan.

“And their outfits,” Cate added. “That will be great.”

TWC chose to donate half the proceeds from the fashion show to Pets In Need because it’s the first no-kill shelter in Northern California. The nonprofit facility rescues dogs and cats from public shelters in the Bay Area and tries to find them homes. Leong adopted her dog from Pets In Need and volunteers with its summer camp.

“I think supporting no-kill shelters is really important because they help animals that need help,” Ally said.

The other half of the proceeds will go back to TWC so that members can put on more events like the fashion show in the future.

Wiley praised the girls for the hard work they have put into planning the show.

“I can already tell that the girls are learning so much just stepping into this role,” Wiley said. “We’re all really looking forward to the day actually being here and seeing the dogs all dressed up.”

Saturday’s show will be held at Los Altos Community Foundation, 183 Hillview Ave. There’s a suggested donation of $20 for participants and $5 for audience members.

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