happened August 22 to September 7, 2013: Ben's Dazzling Auction to Benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund. With wonderful support from businesses and individuals we are grateful to have raised $9,400 to help fight animal cruelty. This nonprofit works through the legal system to support animal welfare. Without them our dog Ben would have never had a life outside of a hoarder's property that held over 300 dogs captive in a horrible environment.
Thanks to Generous Businesses Ben's Auction had fabulous items up for bid!
Southwest Airline Tickets
Tickets to a Live Performance of 'Dancing with the Stars'
Accomodations at Loews Hotels in Annapolis and D.C.
Stunning Sapphire and Diamond Ring designed by Niland & Company Jewelers
Queenstown Harbor Greens Golf Package
Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat Getaway and Spa Package
Scotlaur Inn Bed & Breakfast Stay in Annapolis
Ben by Mural Framed Photo by Pam Townsend/Digital Doggy
Red Leash Pet Photography Mini Session and Holiday Cards
Jewelry Handmade by Tracy Menz Designs
Fused Glass pieces by Designs by Leslie
Botanical Body Cream by Bumble & Company
Vet Care by Greater Annapolis Vet Hospital and Muddy Creek
Severna Flowers & Gifts Bouquets
Highland Aerosports Hang Glide Lesson
Yoyos autographed by Dick of The Smothers Brothers & Collector Terbis Glasses
Organo Gold Coffee & Tea Package
Orioles Tickets, 4th Row!
Maggie Bag made from Seat Belts
Paws pet boutique Gifts for Dogs and People
ALDF logo Tote, Coffee Mugs & T-Shirt
Mariposa Lab Platter, Napkin Holder and Double Sauce Dish
Bowtie Cinemas Movie Tickets
Harry Browne's Brunch
The Federal House Dining Certificate
Dog Training by Paws & Possibilities
Click & Treat with Red Leash Pet Photography
happened Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Our annual Halloween Photo Fundraiser provided partipants with a digital image of their dog or cat set in the seasonal border they selected. With a minimum donation of $40 we were able to raise $1,330 which was donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund. Special thanks to Red Leash Pet Photography for sharing their time and talent for this fun fundraiser!
Happened Saturday, May 12, 2012 Mother's Day with your Furbaby
Thanks to the donated time and photography talents of Red Leash Pet Photography $1,125 was raised to benefit Lab Rescue of LRCP. What a fun! Thanks to all who joined us for photos in our back courtyard!
Canines & Cocktails for a Cause 2013 Series happened the Last Friday of the Month; 5:30-7:30 PM at WEST Kitchen & Tavern
Paws pet boutique started this event series years ago and enjoyed partnering again with the Loews Annapolis Hotel and WEST. Kitchen & Tavern for the 2013 season.
Here are the 6 dog-friendly 'Happy Hours' we enjoyed bringing to Annapolis and the charities they supported.
Happened April 26, 2013: 'Dog Brews & Barkers' to benefit SPCA of Anne Arundel County
Over $800 was raised thanks to everyone who attended!
Happened June 28, 2013: Iron Chef Canine Demo to benefit Greyhound Pets of America, MD Chapter
Chef Kevin from WEST Kitchen & Tavern demonstrated cooking for their dog guests. A dog and person "Eat-Off" added some entertainment to the night as did the phenomenal Raffle! Joanne with Greyhound Pets of America did a wonderful job with the raffle and WEST Kitchen & Tavern made a generous donation from the drink/food sales. The night raised $965 for this great charity. Dogs and people had a fabulous time and we're sure everyone slept well that night! Special thanks to all the businesses that donated prizes to the raffle including Metropolitan, WEST Kitchen & Tavern, Loews Annapolis Hotel and Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat. Paws pet boutique was proud to donate to the raffle as well.
Happened July 26: Best Dog Trick to benefit Pets with Disabilities
Thanks for the great turnout! It was fun to have Dick of the Smothers Brothers drop by and we can happily report $900 was raised from the raffle! Additionally a dog was adopted. All good! See you at the next one.
Happened August 30: Dog Days of Summer Celebration to benefit P.A.W.S. (formerly Pets on Wheels of A.A. County) We had a beautiful night and amazing turnout. Check out the photos on our Facebook page.
Happened September 27: Paws Canine Fall Fashion Show to benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund (Ben's Charity) Another fabulous night and fashionable pups were everywhere! About a dozen dogs did a magnificent job modeling the newest styles that just arrived at our boutique. From tiny terriers to Dobermans, we had all sizes covered with their best paw forward. Thanks to everyone's support over $1,000 was raised for ALDF!
happened October 25: Canine Howl-o-ween Party to benefit Donors Choose - Loews Charity of Choice. Great music by P.J. Thomas and outrageously fabulous costumes made the night memorable! All proceeds from the outstanding Raffle were donated to Donors Choose, which helps local school classrooms.
2010 was our 7th year marching as the Crabtown Canines in the July 4 Parade
This year's "300 Wags for the Annapolis, 1708-2008" theme reflected the city's 300 year charter celebration. An overwhelming turnout allowed us to show our Annapolis dog spirit and raise $533 for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County! The weather was a bit damp, but perfect dog marching weather in Annapolis for July.
Judy J., a local who helped originate this group of marchers, reflected on the day with a poem...
...Crabtowne Canines The Crabtowne Canines, a mighty brigade...Gathered together for the July 4th parade....They came by car, on foot and by boat,...Hurried past a golden dragon and a grand looking float.....Once finding their place in the parade menagerie,...They sniffed noses, exchanged stories, and lovely memories....With eyes to the heavens they nervously prayed...Fearful that rain would cancel the parade....But the brave little group would not be deterred...A few drops fell but they were not disturbed...Capital City Colonials led them on segways bold...Doing loop de loops and throwing tootsie rolls....Their banner soon followed, proclaiming their fame,...Spelling "Crabtowne Canines," their glorious name....Then came the dogs, all sizes and shapes,...They marched with a purpose in their bandanna capes...Big dogs, little dogs, old, and brand new...Marched proudly together as the applause grew....A sea of blue paws on tee shirts of white...Greeted the crowd this warm holiday night...And "Wag to the Flag" they howled and they sang...As a convertible and fire engine then joined the gang...Crabtowne Canines celebrated with pride...The city's anniversary and "Annapolis Alive."...To Michelle and Larry and the folks at Paws...We thank you a lot, your loving the dogs....To all those who helped in whatever way...We raised a pot of money for the SPCA.
Canines & Cocktails for a Cause Series
Monthly T.G.I.F. for You & Your Dog April through September 2008; 5- 8 PM
Paws pet boutique teamed up with dog-friendly Loews Annapolis Hotel again to bring you a series of special Friday evenings. Good times were had by all on the outside patio of the Weather Rail at Loews Hotel with the Paws pet boutique gang.
Over $5,000 was raised this season for 6 worthy charities, while we enjoyed the start to the weekend with our dogs. Here's what we did and who we helped this season...April 25 – Barking Contest with Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland. Thanks to everyone over $1,100 was raised to help beagles in need and Misia (recovering from jaw surgury and pictured below, left) found her forever home with Emily!
May 30 – Black Dog Night with SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County.Pam Townsend published the book “Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs”to tout the beauties and desirable traits of black dogs, which tend to be the least likely to be adopted. All the profits from book sales are donated to the Humane Society of Prince George’s County. Consider adopting a black dog and thanks to all who helped raise $1,000 for this group.June 27 – Luke's Party for SPCA of Anne Arundel CountyYellow lab Luke, adopted from the SPCA, now enjoys his duties as Loews Annapolis Hotel’s mascot dog. He never forgot where he came from, so this was a perfect way to give-back.July 25 – Tail Wagging Contest for Fidos for Freedom
Fidos for Freedom gives many something to wag about with their therapy and service dogs. Fidos volunteers were out in full force to enjoy a beautiful evening that raised almost $1,000 from the raffle alone!August 22 -- Ice Cream Social for Mid-Atlantic Westie RescueIn the heat of the summer it doesn't get much better than a Dog "Ice Cream" Eating contest! The competition was tough too. This rescue services a large area and takes in Westies in good health and in poor health, and make sure they all find the right forever homes. What an evening!October 3 (revised date) - Paws Fall Canine Fashion Show to help Modest NeedsCanines strutted the latest fall styles available at Paws pet boutique on the "cat walk" at Loews Annapolis Hotel. All the canines looked dynamite and all came from Animal Rescues, many of which we highlighted throughout our Canines & Cocktails series. If you weren't here, you missed out on fabulous raffle prizes and quite a finale that helped raise over $700 for the local charity Modest Needs from the raffle alone.
Special thanks to Lorraine from Pet-aw-graphy.com for donating her time to capture the show!
Pirate Pet Parade
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Watermark and Paws pet boutique partner again for this har-hardy good time as part of the Maritime Festival at the Annapolis City Dock. We enjoyed celebrating our Maryland Maritime Heritage with a little twist...
Think Spring Paw Posies
Sunday, April 6, 11 AM – 3 PM
Big dogs, little dogs, furry dogs and puppy dogs came out for some spring painting with local artists Rosemary and Patsy. Dogs made an everlasting paw print…or two…or three…or four with Patsy’s help on watercolor paper. Thanks to some added brush strokes from Rosemary, each grew into beautiful posies. A bouquet to last a lifetime that helped a special cause. Patsy recently adopted her dog Piper from the Washington Humane Society, so $4 of each Posy price was donated to help the still homeless pets there. Over $100 will be put to good use thanks to all who brought their dog our for some spring painting.
To see how this miracle on paper occurs, click on the link below to watch a recently televised segment on the Paw Posy duo.
Spring Collar Swap
Saturday, March 22, 2008
There are some good looking necks around town after all the swapping! Thanks to all who brought donations for the homeless pets at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and made monetary donations throughout the week. Over a box of goodies was brought to the SPCA. We appreciate your continued support of this event.
7th Annual GRREAT Happy Tails Day, in honor of Murphy
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 3 PM to 6:30 PM
The most perfect weather imaginable brought a strong turnout to help non-profit, Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training. Raffle prize winners were drawn all afternoon with the grand prize awarded to Jenny McCoy. She’ll enjoy a night’s stay at Loews Annapolis Hotel with breakfast, thanks to Loews. Other prizes donated by Beachdecor.net, Sundance Travel and Nancy Howell, Pinky’s on West Street, AcuAnimal, Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank, Annebeth’s on MD Avenue, Happy Pet Pet-Sitting and of course Paws pet boutique. Watermark finished the day off by providing a dog-friendly “Dog Tale” Walking Tour around Annapolis.
This event was started in honor of a never-to-be-forgotten GRREAT Golden Retriever, Murphy, who lives in many a heart today. We’re grateful to be in a position to make a donation to GRREAT for over $1,100.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Local artists Rosemary and Patsy enjoyed creating hand-and-paw paintings that were turned into holiday ornaments. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2008.
Holiday Pupparazzi Photos
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Photographer Cameron Adams once again did a phenomenal job capturing pets and their people.
Another successful sold-out photo session completed. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Tails of Hope pet charity.
Meet & Greet Paws Holiday Artist
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The series of holiday cards created by local artist Rosemary Williams for Paws flew out the door this season. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2008 has in store!
Little Ben’s 2nd Big Fundraiser Cruise
Friday, September 21, 2007
A perfect night on the water aboard Watermark’s Harbor Queen to benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund proved to be a success. With 150+ people and 80+ well-behaved dogs, it looked a bit like Noah’ Ark. Over $8,000 was raised (a $2,600 increase over the first Cruise) to help stop animal abuse and neglect. ALDF rescued our little Jack Russell, Ben, along with 300+ other dogs from horrendous conditions on someone’s property in NC. Ben had the time of his life on the Cruise. Dan Haas and Ben’s Bones entertained all aboard, while generous donations from local businesses provided the food and lively bidding on the silent auction. View more photos...
Special thanks to Madeline Davis, Sarah Scheele and Judi Floyd who helped make this a reality and to Cameron Adams for capturing the experience in photos!
Canines & Cocktails for a Cause
Last Friday in July, August, September & October 2007
Howl-o-ween Barkin’ Bash
Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 11 AM to 3 PM
Fabulous! Approximately $2,500 was raised from this fun annual event at Quiet Waters Park! 100% of the proceeds go to maintaining and improving the Dog Park and Dog Beach at Quiet Waters Park. Funds raised go through Friends of Quiet Waters Park, which is a non-profit that helps to keep the Park a special place.
Paws pet boutique is proud to be a sponsor of this event that keeps tails wagging all year in Annapolis! We’re lucky to have had David Iams take the Barkin’ Bash lead the last few years. He’s done a tremendous job and donated much of his time and funds to develop this day into a well-known dog event in Annapolis. Thanks to all the volunteers and Park Rangers who worked to make this a success…even with a dreary start in the morning! If you are interested in volunteering for Barkin Bash 2008, whether the day-of or in the planning process, let us know! Plus, you can check out http://www.barkinbash.com/. Have fun at the park!
Crabtowne Canines March on July 4th
July 4, 2007 at 5pm
Our 4th year marching on the 4th with the Crabtowne Canines and the weather was perfect! No rain and not too hot for our 4-legged pals. Although the "watering hole" wading pool out front of Rams Head was a welcomed sight to those water-loving pups. Our group of Annapolitans who “marched” with their dogs in the Annapolis July 4th Parade not only had a blast, but we raised $270 to benefit the SPCA. With matching shirts and pooches in patriotic bandannas we looked "official"! The photos tell the story. We hope you think about joining us next year. Registration will start early June 2008 so we make sure everyone gets the size t-shirt they wish!
Paws is LIVE with CN8 "Your Morning" show at the City Dock
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 7 AM to 10 AM
"Your Morning" on CN8 (Comcast Channel 8 Morning Show) settled into town and showcased Annapolis to launch their Waterfront Wednesdays summer series. Paws pet boutique was tickled to be invited to represent Annapolis and showcase canine seaside styles in our dog-friendly town. Fashions making a splash this season at Paws were modeled by Dixie the dachshund with Julie from Spoiled Rotten Dogs, Joshua the westie with Kirstin, Opal the rescued designer gem with Madeline from Tails of Hope rescue and Luke the lab adopted from the SPCA by Loews Hotel and Monica. All looked like they owned the boardwalk as they strutted their stuff and wagged in style. Comcast reaches millions of households on the east coast between Virginia and Maine, so we hope we made some dog lovers smile! Thanks to all who came out to watch the live broadcast. We enjoyed handing out crab-shaped, gourmet natural dog treats to all of you who came out to bark your support! And special thanks to Karen Guay with Blue Moon Photography who captured our fashion show with these great shots and more!
Paint a "Paw Posy" with Your Pooch for Father's Day
Sunday June 17 from 11 AM to 5 PM
Back by popular demand, local artists Rosemary and Patsy joined us for "round two" to help us create hand-and-paw painted Paw Posies. SPCA dogs, Rosie and Little Man, were on hand to shake paws and thank folks for helping to raise support for their temporary home. A $4 donation was made to our local SPCA for every Paw Posy painting. Thanks to all who participated. On a final note, as of July 4 Rosie had been adopted, but Little Man was still looking for his new home and family. If you are looking for a dog, please consider Little Man at the SPCA!
2nd Annual Pirate Pet Parade at the Annapolis City Dock
Sunday, May 6 at 11 AM
Watermark providing pet-friendly cruises
Loews Annapolis Hotel providing pet-friendly lodging downtown
Mobile Pet Vet attending to pets in their homes
Montrea's Mutt Mobile Grooming for on the spot pampering
May Day in Annapolis
May 1, 2007
Paint “Paw Posies” at Paws
Sunday, April 22 from 10 AM to 5 PM
Spring Collar Swap
Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM
6th Annual GRREAT Happy Tails Day, in honor of Murphy
Saturday, March 24 from 3 – 6:30 PM
Sundance Travel specializing in pet-friendly travel (phone: 800-928-8707 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Savage River Lodge (a pet-friendly top-notch resort in Frostburg, MD) http://www.savageriverlodge.com/
Pinky’s Liquor Store on West Street in Annapolis who carries Dog Tail Wine!
Before & After with beach goodies and more at http://www.beachdecor.net/
Spoiled Rotten Dogs pet-sitting, http://www.spoiledrottendogs.com/
Happy Pet pet sitting, http://www.happy-pet.net/
Muddy Paw Wash, http://www.muddypawwash.com/
Holiday Pet Photo Party
Friday, December 1 from 4 – 8 PM
Holiday Card Present-ation Party
Sunday, November 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM
Rosemary Freitas Williams, the Annapolis Artist behind Paws Exclusive Holiday Cards, enjoyed meeting everyone who came for the opening.
3rd Annual Paws’ Paw Dip
Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Howl-o-ween Barkin’ Bash at Quiet Waters Park
Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 11AM to 3PM
The rain stopped just in time to welcome dogs and people for a day of festivities. Once again everyone enjoyed watching or participating in doggie games such as the Frisbee catch and Musical Sits. Costume Contest contestants heeled across the stage this year to show off their creativity and eagerness for a treat!
Each registered participant received a goodie bag with a pumpkin treat and howl-o-ween bandanna donated by Paws pet boutique. What’s Up? Annapolis magazine helped spread the word and the Jaycees provided the food and hot coffee. Thanks to all the rescue groups and vendors who participated in this year’s Bash. Very special thanks to David Iams who once again organized this event, which is always quite an undertaking.
Little Ben’s Big Fundraiser Cruise
Friday, September 8, 7 PM – 10 PM
People outnumbered dogs just 2 to 1, with approximately 80 dogs and 165 people enjoying a perfect evening on Watermark's Harbor Queen. Someone commented "It looks like Noah's Ark with all the dogs walking up the boarding plank!" Guests came together to raise funds and awareness for animals who face unnecessary suffering. All raised funds will support Animal Legal Defense Fund whose mission is to protect animals through the legal system. Specifically the funds raised from this event, Little Ben's Big Fundraiser Cruise, will help ALDF with the Sanford, NC rescue case, from which Ben, along with 300+ other dogs, were removed from horrific conditions they'd known all their lives. See more cruise photos ....
Fall Collar Swap to benefit Tails of Hope
Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 2006
It Rained on Our Parade!
Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 5 PM
Pirate Pet Parade…to Set Tails Sailing for Tails of Hope
Took Place on Sunday, May 7 at high Noon
Paws pet boutique joined with Watermark to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Annapolis and the Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival in our fair town with a pet parade!
Spring Collar Swap for Homeless Pets
Took place on Sunday, March 12, Noon - 6 PM
With spring around the corner many took advantage of this opportunity to fetch a new look for their pet’s neck attire while helping out the SPCA
Murphy's GRREAT Golden Happy Tails Day
Took place Saturday, March 18, 2006 2 - 6 PM
For the 5th year in a row the weather was pleasant during this Happy Tails Day benefiting Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (http://www.grreat.org/). In honor of our friends’ GRREAT golden, Murphy, all proceeds went to GRREAT to benefit older golden retrievers.
Singles Mingle Happy Tails Hour ...with Photos to Heal a Lonely Heart
Took place February 10, 2006
A phenomenal turnout made this an event to remember.
Thanks to all who joined us and made a difference that day.