PDX's Northwest industrial district was hoppin' last night for DoveLewis' Boutiques Unleashed fashion show, an event benefiting the pet hospital's Pet Loss Support Program. It wasn't just any fashion show, though: This show featured local models and their pets. As they called it, “fashion for both ends of the leash.” As in dogs, cats, and…a llama. Yeah that's right. Those big horsey-lookin hairy things that are kinda related to the camel. A llama.
Emceed by Kimberly Maus and Wayne Garcia of Fox 12 news, the show filled up the cavernous Staver Locomotion warehouse in the industrial district. Animal lovers throughout the city turned out in record numbers—in the pouring rain, thank you—to celebrate that awesome unconditional love one can only get from a pet.
In one word, it was utterly adorable.
We're talking Kylee and Kelsey, a pair of three-year-old twin girls strutting the catwalk with Trixie the Yorkiepoo; 105.1's Daria O'Neill and her new husband Dallas Eliuk (see below) of the Portland LumberJax with Chanel the poodle; local fashion/culture writer Karen Vitt with her tiger cat George, and Shannon Gregory, the handler of the aforementioned 360 pound 4-H superstar Rojo the Llama. And the models—humans, dogs, cats and llamas—were dressed in fashions from local boutiques. Hello! Talk about heart-warming.
In between the fashion show, a silent and regular auction (featuring such fabulousness as a Swarovski crystal collar) raised funds for DoveLewis' Pet Loss program. DoveLewis publicist Tiffini Mueller says early estimates for funds raised are in the range of $35,000—a $10,000 increase from last year. Even better? The below boutiques are giving DoveLewis 10% of their profits from Friday March 14 through Sunday March 17…a perfect reason to go shopping this lovely March weekend.
Gumbo Gifts and Gallery
Healthy Pets Northwest (All Locations)
Mabel & Zora
Reigning Pets Northwest
Shoefly in the Pearl