By GREER GRIFFITH
Photos by Mary Bloom
"There is no such thing as a FORMER Westminster Best In Show winner," David Frei told the full house at the Angel On A Leash Best In Show Benefit on the Saturday night before Westminster.
"This is a title that will stay with these great dogs forever – Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the world’s greatest dog show," he said, to raucous applause.
Stump (2009), Uno (2008), Rufus (2006) and JR (2001) were the honored guests at Angel’s second annual fundraiser at the Affinia Hotel, much to the delight Of those in attendance. It was an evening of petting and hugging and picture-taking for everyone.
As it was last year, the event was underwritten by a generous Ruth Pereira, with all ticket sales going to Angel On A Leash. Ruth was introduced to the gathering and received an enthusiastic thank you from all.
Other special guests introduced to the house that evening included four special Angel supporters:
- Matt Stelter of Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies;
- Joe Yanek of the Fluor Corporation;
- Larry Lieb of Shriners Hospitals for Children;
- Artist Trish Biddle.
Angel On A Leash began as a charitable activity for the Westminster Kennel Club and is now an independent 501(c)(3) charity that champions working with therapy dogs in health care facilities (www.angelonaleash.org).
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