Furry Fashion Forward

I am a dog. I am not a fashion statement. Or am I? Two weeks ago during New York’s Fashion Week it was the dog’s that stole the show. The Pet Fashion Show, which kicks off Fashion Week, uses shelter pets to model jaw dropping canine couture and raises funds for animal welfare organizations. This event draws more excitement than any other that week. Is it the clothing or the dog that draws people’s attention? And an even tougher question – do the dogs enjoy it?

Fashion is often considered an outer reflection of the inner person and often times you truly can judge a person by their dog. And I don’t mean in a judgmental way but in a way that helps you to understand or connect to a person. So naturally the fashion world is going to the dogs.

Such collaborations are a win-win for us shelter dogs. It gives us great exposure to potential adopters. It also helps to promote that dogs are part of a lifestyle and it is a lifestyle that you miss out on if you don’t have a dog. It also demonstrates that people simply look more fly with a dog at their side!

So the reason I am talking fashion is that Second Chance Humane Society’s new fundraiser, Furry Flicks & Fashion, is in just a week (March 10th at the Ouray County Event Center in Ridgway!) and I know many pet parents are wondering about entering their dog in the furry fashion show.

Being a dog model, or a dogel, is not for all dogs. Like people, some are just too shy and introverted to be able to appreciate the pleasure of the spotlight. Others, like myself, love being the center of attention and are very social and outgoing.

Wearing a doggie tux, laced slippers or a tutu??? Well…I am willing to tolerate that too if it means I get to make people happy and have a fun night out on the town. So yes, some dogs would rather stay home but if your dog is one of those that feels comfortable in crowds, is good mannered with people and other dogs, and enjoys a good adventure – register today.

Not only will your pooch get to sample some yummy treats at the event but they will also get to watch some incredible short films about dogs and their people. The inspiring films, from Bow Wow Film Festival’s selections, remind people why we dogs are so important to them. You can also bid on great dog packages and vacation packages and other must have items during the evening’s silent auction.

Another reason to enter the furry fashion show is that only dogs who are registered for the fashion show will be admitted to the event (dog numbers are limited and homeless dogs looking for love are given priority). And who doesn’t like to dress up with their dog right?!?

So jump onto Second Chance Humane Society’s website ( to register your furry family member for the show and to purchase tickets for the event. Who needs New York Fashion Week when we have Furry Flicks & Fashion?!?!

When you see a handsome Carolina dog mix strutting his neutered self on the catwalk that will be me, Vaden. At 3 years of age I have stopped growing and weigh in at about 86 lbs. My sweet and jovial nature and excellent demeanor make me the perfect super dogel for this event as I adore dogs and people. I will be available to meet, with other adoptable dogel’s, at the end of the night giving out autographed biscuits and sloppy kisses.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at

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