Second annual K9 Wine and Dine Sunday 

Event to raise money for new WAG shelter

Dalmatians dressed in tuxes and a Boston Terrier in butterfly wings will be among this year’s guests at what organizers are calling the "canine social event of the year."

The Second Annual K9 Wine and Dine will take place on Sunday, July 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Woodland Terrace at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. All proceeds from the event will be donated to WAG to help build a much-needed new shelter.

The event is jointly organized by Rachelle Johnson of Whistler Trail Dogs, Caroline Heeney from the Fairmont Chateau, and Korby Lee, owner of Three Dog Bakery in Kitsilano.

Johnson is confident that this year’s doggie dinner will be even more successful than the last.

"Last year it was really, really good. I was kind of nervous, I didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into… but it turned out really well," she commented.

"People have been phoning me for the last two months, asking when the next one is."

Last year’s event raised more than $7,000 for the new WAG shelter through ticket sales and a live auction.

Over 60 items will be on the auction block this year, including gift certificates for local restaurants; bike park passes and bike rentals; a night at a hotel in Vancouver; and a weekend trip to Tofino including accommodation, gift certificates for food, whale watching and surf rentals.

"The community has been unbelievable at donating auction items," Johnson noted.

Johnson expects to see 50-60 dogs and up to 100 humans at the Fairmont Chateau on Sunday night. With all the proceeds going to WAG, it’ll truly be day for the dogs.

Tickets are currently on sale through Trail Dogs and at WAG. Ticket prices – dog tickets are $25, people tickets are $30 – include dinner, a doggy bag, and a chance to bid on auction items. For more information call Trail Dogs at 604-905-9273.


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