Past News & Events



Howl-o-ween Sips & Treats for a Cause 

Friday, October 27, 5 to 7 PM 


Super excited to partner with Hailstone Vineyards again this year to support Humane Society Naples. Last year was a blast with amazing costumes!

Shop Paws and Sip a glass of Hailstone Vineyards as we get ready for the Costume Contest at 6:30 pm. $10 Contest registration donated to Humane Society Naples. Look for their 'Paws Around Town' Bus out front. 

Interested in dressing up your pet? Click here to pre-register and claim a goodie bag when you arrive. 


Scariest, Most Floridian/Tropical, Best Creative/Homemade, Funniest & Best Group or Human & Pet


 2nd Annual 'HOLIDAY LIGHTS' Fundraiser Photo Day with Pawtrography

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100% of proceeds donated to Humane Society Naples! Years ago we connected with Joan from Pawtrography in Annapolis. We're thrilled to work with her again this year for this festive fundraiser. Her award-winning photos speak for themselves!

Joining us from Jacksonville, Pawtrography is setting up a holiday backdrop and taking photos most of the day. Best part...100% of the photo proceeds are donated to Humane Society Naples, who will join us with their 'Paws Around Town' bus. There are several photo and donation options from which to choose. 

Click here for reservation options. Grab your spot soon as this event tends to fill up fast.


Thanks to all who joined us October 27 from 5- 7 PM

'Howl-o-ween Sips & Treats for a Cause'  


Well-behaved humans and pups welcome for an evening of sips, snacks and smiles! ;-)

Enjoy nibbles and taste wines from our event partner Hailstone Vineyards. Meet representatives from Humane Society Naples and learn about their efforts to help animals in our community. Proceeds from Raffles and Dog Costume Contest donated to Humane Society Naples. (A $5 donation is requested for each participant in the Costume Contest.) Complimentary dog treats, stickers and more. Bring 2 friends and join us! Registration not required.

TAIL END UPDATE: What a fabulous turnout with so many creative costumes! Happy to share over $1,300 was raised for Humane Society Naples. This will be an annual event. Stay tuned for next year!



Thanks to all who joined us on November 12, 10 - 3 pm

'Merry & Bright Holiday Fundraiser Photo Day' with Pawtrography

100% of proceeds donated to Humane Society Naples! Years ago we met Joan at Paws in Annapolis and have spoken for years about putting together a fundraiser. Her award-winning photos speak for themselves!

We're super excited she is coming down to Naples from Jacksonville to host this event with us and donate 100% of the proceeds to help animals. She'll photograph your pet on a special Naples merry and bright backdrop. There are several options including a digital image (you can print or share) and printed images with holiday card and ornament add-ons. Reserve your time slot and select the package that's best for you. Thanks for your support of Humane Society Naples.

Click here for more details and to register!

 TAIL END UPDATE: Amazing this event sold out so quickly! Huge thanks to Joan with Pawtography for coming down to Naples and donating her award-winning photography talent for this fundraiser. Photos from the day will be shared on our Facebook and Instagram page. Stay tuned for the final donation tally from the event. Wishing you a merry & bright holiday season.


My Furry Valentine Charm Day, Happened Jan. 29, 2022


Create a Silver Charm unique to your pet! Tracy Menz Designs is in-store to help capture your pet's fur texture in special clay. The process takes minutes. If you'd like to schedule a time, give us a ring at 239-631-8122 to secure your time slot. We are happy to accommodate walk-ins too!

Each clay mold is unique to your pet and will be used by Tracy to hand make a custom Silver Charm for you to cherish for years. Charms will be ready for pick up before Valentine's Day. You're sure to love and cherish yours for years.

If you are not able to join us, consider purchasing a Charm Kit. The kits provides instructions and clay on how to create your own mold in the comfort of your own home. 




Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2019 -  'My Pet Nose Art' Charm Day with Tracy Menz Designs

We enjoyed supporting another Small Business and welcomed back Tracy Menz Designs for another Charm Day. Local jewelry artisan, Tracy, captured an imprint of pups noses and made the impressions into a unique silver charms. 

A Basket of Goodies from Paws pet boutique and Tracy Menz Designs were up for grabs with all proceeds donated to the Humane Society of Naples. We enjoyed visiting with their adorable adoptable pets! 


Saturday, November 16, 2019 'FURever Heart' Charm Day with Tracy Menz Designs

Local jewelry artisan, Tracy Menz, captured an imprint of your pet's fur and created a heart-shaped charm with the texture of your pet's fur. Each unique, handmade charm is made with fine silver and love. 

Plus we enjoyed visiting with adoptable dogs from Domestic Animal Services and hosting a raffle to support their important cause.



Friday, November 8, 2019 - Paws 20th Anniversary/Grand Re-Opening Party

From a Paws Pet Parade around the Plaza to a Dog Cake-Cutting Ceremony, a good time was had by all. Thank so everyone who participated in our Ticket of Chance, $600 was donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund/Ben's Memorial Fund.


St. Paddy's Day Parade PUP Crawl 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Paws pet boutique and Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat partnered again to host a group of dog lovers to 'march' in the Annapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade! Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it a fabulous day in March for all!

PAWS About TOWN Social Series 2018

 -4th Friday of the month, June through September 2018   5:30-7:30PM




Paws pet boutique and Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat are partnering to sponsor this new dog-friendly Friday night event series that supports animal charities and brings together our community canines at dog-friendly restaurants. Enjoy this summer restaurant tour with your best friend by your side! Please mark your calendar for the following dates and spots: 

June 22 - Fado's supporting A.A. County SPCA 

July 27 - Old Stein Inn in Edgewater to benefit Senior Dog Sanctuary 

August 24 - Greene Turtle in Annapolis to benefit Chesapeake Cats & Dogs Rescue 

September 28 - Union Jack's supporting Ben's Memorial Fund/Animal Legal Defense Fund 

Each evening features raffle prizes with 100% of proceeds donated to the featured charity. Tickets are only $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Additionally, the restaurant will donate a portion of their sales during the event to the charity. It' all good and admission is free! Mark your calendars and come out for a special evening.


 9th Annual 'Click & Treat' Photo Benefit Day

 Saturday, October 13, 2018 (rain date: Oct. 14)



Registering for a photo time begins at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 25! Call Paws pet boutique at 410-263-8683 to grab your spot early, as this event sold out in less than 2 days last year AND raised $2,420 for Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund. Find all the detail below!


You'll have an opportunity to select a border below in which your photo will be displayed. 




Red Leash Pet Photography donates their time and talent to capture a priceless photo of your pet - with you if you'd like too! The best image is set in a Halloween/Fall border you select and then emailed to you to share online or print & frame. Sessions are approximately 10 minutes. Pets in costumes are welcome too!

 Pets may be photographed together or with you but a donation is required for each photographed pet

 Here are your options:

 $40 Donation to ALDF:

 Treats you to a 10-minute session and 1 digital image

 $75 Donation to ALDF:

 Provides you with 2 digital images of your best friend

Make a $100 Donation to ALDF: 

Receive a $20 gift certificate to Paws pet boutique to spend that day, a $20 Harry Browne's coupon and 2 digital images of your pet.

 100% of Proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund/Ben's Fund to fight puppy mills and support prosecution of animal cruelty. Join us for a fun event and help us make a difference. Thank you.

5th Annual Annapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade

Happened Sunday, March 11, 2018 

st-paddys-parde-logo-2018-w300.jpgOur Annapolis dog community had enthusiastic Irish spirit and was a shining star in the parade as far as we're concerned! Paws pet boutique and Dogwood Acres pet Retreat sponsored this dog-friendly group of marchers we named the St. Paddy Pup Crawlers!  Thanks to everyone who registered (it was free!) and strutted your stuff and “wagged this way” with us! 

We plan on sponsoring this dog-friendly group again next year, so stay tuned. The spirit was amazing! Our Costume Contest categories which included BEST Furry LeprechaunBEST Dressed 2-legged LeprechaunBEST Pup and Person Pair and BEST Shamrock Strutter will have to be expanded in 2019!

All parade participants received a coupon from both Dogwood Acres & Paws Pet Boutique, a St Paddy’s Dog Treat plus a special dog bandanna for the parade.

Congrats to Darlene who won the Southwest Airline ticket in our Raffle to benefit Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund. It was a fabulous day!!

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 - Sip & Shop with Tracy Menz Designs Trunk Show  


 Thanks to everyone who came by to meet Tracy Menz, who creates our handmade jewelry, and shopped her beautiful creations.  And thanks go out to Tracy for donating a portion of her proceeds to Ben's Memorial Fund to help animals.

 8th Anniversary Paws Party and Fundraiser - Friday, September 29, 2017


We had to celebrate the fact that back in 1999 a little pet boutique called Paws opened downtown Annapolis. Thanks to everyone who joined us for sips, snacks and our fundraiser raffle and auction. Almost $3,000 was raised to benefit Ben's Memorial Fund that night!

Special thanks go out to Southwest AirlinesTracy Menz DesignsDogwood Acres Pet RetreatRed Leash Pet PhotographyHarry Browne's RestaurantCooper's HawkBrows by AlisonWhole FoodsGordon BierschDesigns by LeslieVaruna Salon and SpaRutabaga JuiceryPaws and Possibility Dog TrainingKent Island Jewelry, It's a Pet ThingBayside Animal Medical CenterAnnebeth's, Severna Park Flowers and GiftsThe Brick Companines/Maryland GolfNavy AthleticsLoews Annapolis Hotel, BAROAK and other generous businesses that donated their products and services for this special charity event.

 October 14, 2017: 8th Annual Click & Treat Photo Benefit Day! SOLD OUT in 48 hours


Our back courtyard behind the store was filled with hay bales, pumpkins and mums for the perfect backdrop.

100% of the proceeds raised were donated to Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund. Big thanks go out to Lori with Red Leash Pet Photography for donating her time and talents for this special event. We are thrilled to share $2,420 was raised!


So much fun!


 WINTER 2017 Paws Canines & Cocktails for a Cause


Well this brightened the winter and supported 3 charities!

4th FRIDAY of the Month, February through April, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Hosted by Paws pet boutique and Homestead Gardens at the Davidsonville Homestead location. Co-sponsored by Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat.

February 24 to benefit SPCA of Anne Arundel County

March 24 to benefit Greyhound Pets of America/MD

April 28 to benefit Senior Dog Sanctuary

All proceeds from Raffle and Refreshments were donated to the featured charity.



  7th Click & Treat Photo Day with Red Leash Pet Photography

 Saturday, October 15, 2016 - SOLD OUT

Thank you for the amazing response to this annual event! Red Leash Pet Photography and Paws are tickled to share that $2,205 was raised from this Benefit Photo Day! Thanks to all involved! We will both be sharing photos from the day on our Facebook and Instagram pages.




Pumpkins, mums and straw bales made a perfect fall setting. Red Leash Pet Photography clicked photos of your furry companions (with or without you in the photo) and selected the best image before setting them in a festive border.  Big thanks to Lori with Red Leash Pet Photography for donating her talent and lots of time to make this fundraiser event always a happy success. All proceeds donated to Ben's Memorial Fund through Animal Legal Defense Fund. ____________________________________________________

Paws 'Canines & Cocktails for a Cause' 

Paws pet boutique teamed up with Loews Annapolis HotelBAROAK and the SPCA for 7 dog-friendly happy hours that supported worthy charities in the 2016 season. We had so much fun and raised thousands of dollars for important animal charities. Thank you to everyone who participated this year!


September 30, 2016 benefited Ben's Memorial Fund/Animal Legal Defense Fund  -This was an extra special night as the cause is dear to our hearts. 

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this event and the generous businesses that donated an amazing array of prizes for both a Raffle and Silent AuctionOver $5,200 was raised for Ben's Memorial Fund. All proceeds support prosecuting animal cruelty and fighting animal cruelty.

Support these businesses who supported us...

Southwest Airlines - Round Trip Airline Tickets!

Tracy Menz Designs- Handmade Fine Silver Diamond Pendant & Diamond Earrings,

Brows by Alison- Gift certificate for Brow Artistry & Cruelty Free Luxury Products, 

The Brick Companies - $400 Golf Package , 

Red Leash Pet Photography - $100 Gift Certificate,

Annebeth's on MD Ave. - Wine with Gift Bag,

Bowtie Cinemas - Movie Tickets

Bayside Animal Hospital - Pet Acupuncture Session,

Baroak - Dining Certificate, 

BARK - Basket of Pet Food,

Annapolis Cooper's Hawk -Wine Basket & Paws Stemless Wine Glasses,

Smothers Brothers autographed Yo-Yo

Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat - Pet Lodging for 3 nights

Designs by Leslie- Handmade Glass Artist item,

Greater Annapolis Vet Hospital - $100 Gift Certificate,

Gordon Biersch - Gift Certificate & Growler Refills,

Harry Browne's - Brunch for 2...PLUS $20 dining certificate with $100 raffle tix purchase

It's a Dog World Grooming Salon - Full Dog Grooming, Glen Burnie 410-750-3666

Kent Island Jewelry - Delightful Basket of Jewelry,

Loews Annapolis Hotel - Overnight Stay with breakfast

Paws pet boutique - Gift Baskets and Dog Life Sign,

Paws and Possibilities- 3 class sessions,

Pure Hair & Simply Skin- Organic facial by owner Missy Klein,

Pure Hair & Simply Skin- Organic hair care & Body Products,

Rutabega Craft Juicery- Gift Card,

Sandy Pony Donuts - Donuts!,

Tide Down Designs - Maryland Flag Basket of Goodies, visit them on Etsy

Kent Island Jewelry- Gift basket (jewelry & cleaning care),

Varuna Aveda Salon & Spa - Spa Package,

Wholefoods - Gift Card,



 To learn more about the featured charities click on the links below..., Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund, Chesapeake Cats & Dogs RescueCompanion BridgeDonorsChoose (Loew's Hotel sponsored charity supporting local classrooms), SPCA of Anne Arundel County

 Paws supported Dogwood Acres 'Paint Your Pet' events



Over $3,700 was raised and donated to Ben's Memorial Fund thanks to everyone who supported the Paint events and our Southwest Airlines Raffle.


Raffle Fundraiser to benefit Ben's Memorial Fund helped us donate $1,000. 




6th Annual Click & Treat Fall Photo Benefit Day with Red Leash Pet Photography happened on Saturday, October 24, 2015


Always a super fun day of photo taking in Paws back courtyard. Pumpkins, mums and straw bales made the setting perfect for fall.

Red Leash Pet Photography clicked photos of your companions with paws and selected the best images before setting them in a festive border. It was a super busy day of photo taking that raised $1,704 for Animal Legal Defense Fund. 

Big thanks to Lori with Red Leash Pet Photography for donating her talent and lots of time to make this fundraiser event such a happy success.

Thanks again to all who participated!





Paws Sweet 16 Anniversary Party & Raffle 

happened on Friday, September 25, 2015


In addition to thanking these generous businesses who donated the raffle prizes, our gratitude goes out to The Squires Group for offering to match what is raised for the charity Animal Legal Defense Fund up to $5,000!

 Grab Your Tickets Today for this Great Cause & Prizes.

We were fortunate to have beautiful weather so the courtyard was open and guests mingled. Thanks to Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers for joining us and lending his support. Thanks also to Tracy Menz who hosted a Trunk Show with all her beautiful handmande jewelry and donated a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pendant with a floating bezel. The pendant was auctioned off with all proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund. Additionally all proceeds from the raffle were doanted to ALDF to help fight animal abuse and cruelty.

Tracy Menz One-of-a-kind Pendant for Charity

Wag & Wine for a Cause was hosted by Paws pet boutique & Great Frogs Winery

the 4th Friday of the month May through August 2015

The event series was a success and Mother Nature brought us lovely weather for each Friday. Over $6,000 was raised from the raffles for the 4 featured animal charities. Thanks to Mad Flava and Harry Browne's for joining us with tasty nibbles too!

Check out our Facebook photo albums for hundreds of photos from Paws Wag & Wine for a Cause series

by clicking here.



Thursday, March 19, 2015 we celebrated Maryland Day early with late night shopping and specials. 


For more history on Maryland Day, visit our Paws blog.

Sunday, March 8, 2015: Crabtowne Canines marched again in the Annapolis, St. Patrick's Parade






We hosted our first Sip & Shop on February 28, 2015 with Tracy Menz Designs


Sipping refreshments from Harry Browne's were served (check out their Chateau La Paws wine!) and a portion of the proceeds benefitted Animal Legal Defense Fund. All proceeds from the Raffle go to ALDF with the raffle winner will take home a Southwest Airline ticket!


Our First Ugly Sweater Party & Contest on December 6, 2014 was fun!


 Paw Posie Painting - Happened on Sunday, November 30, 2014

with artists Rosemary and John Williams from 10 AM to 3 PM 

Oh what fun it was! We painted 26 Paw Posies from your pet's paw prints. Over $100 will be donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund and priceless pieces of art were created. It was a great day that we hope to do again next year - same time, same place.

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Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014


 Thanks to everyone who joined us for this great day!

(Paws team photo taken by Red Leash Pet Photography)



Click & Treat Halloween Photo with Red Leash Pet Photography

Yipppeee! Our 5th year hosting this event with Red Leash was a huge success. Beautiful weather, fabulous dogs and spirit resulted in us raising $2,000 to benefit Animal  Leagal Defense Fund. Thanks to all who participated! 









 Canines & Cocktails for a Cause 2014 Series


Our annual traditon with Loews Annapolis Hotel continued through 2014.

These dog-friendly Happy Hours with a twist on the last Friday of the month benefited fabulous charities. The outside patio at Loews Hotel on West Street was always filled with good people and their pups. Special thanks to Dogwood Acres for their donation of a basket to every raffle this series. Through the season we had the opportunity to meet some of their participants with their Therapy Dog group Caring Canines too!

Here's a run down of the worthy groups we had the opportunity to mingle with during Canines & Cocktails. 

Friday, May 30 to benefit Northern Chesapeake Sheltie Rescue - Thanks to everyone who joined us over $800 was raised from the raffle!

Friday, June 27 to benefit Anne Arundel County SPCA - Thanks to everyone over $1,000 was raised!

Friday, July 25 to benefit MD Animal Sanctuary & Rescue - We're excited to share almost $1,400 was raised! Thank you!

 Friday, August 15 (BONUS Date) to benefit ; Back to School Theme

 Friday, August 29 to benefit Greyhound Pets of America, MD Chapter - A beautiful night! Over $1,000 raised from the raffle!

 Friday, September 26 to benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund featuring Paws pet boutique's annual Dog Fashion Show - Another beautiful night! Thanks to everyone who joined us for Paws Fashion Show and supported our raffle and auction. We are still tallying, but raised over $2,000! This will really help to fight animal cruelty. ALDF is the group that rescued our Ben from a hoarder. Thank you for your support!

 Friday, October 31 to benefit Canines Partners for Life; Halloween Dress-up Night. So many great costumes! Over $600 was raised.












Loews Annapolis Hotel is dog-friendly (with no size limits) if you'd like to make a special weekend of it. They are located at 126 West Street in Annapolis, MD. Special thanks to our partner in 2014!


 happend March 9, 2014: Crabtowne Canines march in the Annapolis St. Patrick Parade

Our good spirited group of dogs and their people enjoyed marching behind our 'Crabtowne Canines' banner in Annapolis' 2nd St. Patrick's Parade. A beautiful day was enjoyed by all. Visit our Facebook Photo Album for more photos from our fun outing! Thanks to everyone who joined us, including Greg and Brenda who drove their beautiful vintage fire engine with our dog-friendly group. Looking forward to 2015 already.


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 happened December 19, 2013: Share the Spirit Raffle

Thanks to everyone's support $1,230 was raised and donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund. Congrats to the winner Mr. Lehman from Ohio!



 Thanks Dick and Madeline for all your help!



happened November 22, 2013: Paw Posie Painting with artist Rosemary

Local artists Rosemary and John joined us on Small Business Saturday to capture pawprints in paint that are turned into a bouquet Paw Posies. Each uniquely special. We were busy all day and donated $4 from each Painting to the SPCA of Anne Arunel County.




   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

With pawprinted shirts and patriotic bandanas, our spirited group heeled along the parade route, while raising $361.91 for the homeless animals at the SPCA. Here's a glimpse of our fun group. It's a tradition you don't want to miss. Hope you can join us next year!

Check out our photo album for many more photos on Facebook
Tasting wines, as dogs are tasting treats, all for good causes...
this was a fun double event on March 7 and 28, 2010.
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits on Main Street provided the wine and Paws pet boutique provided the dog treats, it was a good partnership!
Between the 2 Sundays we raised over $1,000 to benefit Fidos for Freedom
and Mid-Atlantic Westie Rescue.
Cheers and Wags to all who joined us to make it happen!
Ben's 4th Annual Cruise for Compassion on September 18, 2009
Over $20,000 was raised for Animal Legal Defense Fund to help other
animals like Ben.
Our heartfelt thanks to Nancy Squires and The Squires Group, who matched our funds raised to bring us to over $20,000 to donate to help the animals.
This was truly a group effort on behalf of the animals! Please check back , as we will be adding the businesses and people who helped make this happen.
Our next Cruise for Compassion is scheduled for the spring of 2011.
6th Annual March (Crabtowne Canines) in the Annapolis July 4 Parade
6:30 PM, July 4, 2009
WOW! The weather was outstanding for the parade and we were proud to have almost 100 people and many, many dogs represent the dog lovers in Annapolis. We went tropical this year with patriotic leis and bandanas for our marchers. Our antique fire engine joined us once again thanks to the Evans. Here's some photos to "tell the story"...
Proceeds of almost $350 were donated to the Anne Arundel County SPCA from the event.

Canines & Cocktails for a Cause - Series of Friday Nights
April through September 2009
April 24...Paws Pirate Parade/Contest with Photos
With 100 or so dogs and their owners joining us to support Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training (GRREAT), we are excited to report that $1,000 was raised for the Cause from the Raffle and Drink/Food Sales. Competition was tough among the Pirate Pooches in attendance. Prizes were awarded by Paws pet boutique.
May 29...Paws Think Spring & Posies Party
Three wonderful dogs joined us looking for homes from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, who was our featured charity of the evening. Local artists Rosemary and Patsy painted Paw Posies with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the SPCA. Raffle prizes from Atlantic Golf/The Brick Companies, Dogwood Acres, Punk's Backyard Grill, Boston Market, Paws pet boutique and Loews Breeze Restaurant kept the night exciting. Even with the rain over $700 was raised for the SPCA!
June 26...Paws Patriotic Pooch Parade & Contest
Paws pet boutique was pleased to award a dozen prizes, including shirts and treats, to the wonderful group of patriotic pooches that came out in their red, white and blue to wag for the flag. OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue put together and awesome Raffle and had magnificent dogs with us that evening looking for homes. Whether you are looking for a Cocker Spaniel of a Cocker Mix, make sure you check-in with them. Almost $900 was raised for this great dog rescue non-profit. (Dudley in the photo to the right joined us in hopes of finding a new home)
July 31... Canine Ice Cream Social
Paws pet boutique handed out the winning prize to a Beagle with a
Golden Retriever following close behind in the Dog Ice Cream Eating Contest. Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary received over $500 from the Raffle that included prizes from Edgewater Liquors, Atlantic Golf/ and Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat. Go visit Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary if you were not able to make this to learn more about their efforts to help wildlife.
August 28...Best Dog Trick
A Bernese Mountain dog danced his way into our hearts as the winner, after Lindsey, a trainer from Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat, warmed up the crowd with how to teach a dog trick. K-9Lifesavers had several lucky dogs join us, seeking homes after being rescued from high-kill shelters. The evening's raffle and food/drink sales portion helped to raise about $800 for this great dog rescue group. Look them up if you are interested in fostering or adopting a dog!
Izzie ready to high 5 Katie
September 25...Paws Fido Fashion Show
Paws pet boutique's Fall fashions, including sweaters, fleece and water resistant cozy jackets, were presented on the "cat walk" by stylish pups of all sizes. Loews Annapolis Hotel put together an amazing raffle with prizes including a 2-night stay at Loews in Philadelphia and DC...of course all are dog-friendly. Approximately $600 was raised from the raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Additionally, a portion of the drink/food will will be donated to the charity. Thanks to all who joined us for this Canines and Cocktails series.

Lab Rescue Walk in  Downtown Annapolis
Sunday, March 22, 2009 at high noon
Gorgeous weather graced this first annual event that brought out 155 registered walkers! Walking through the beautiful historic district of Annapolis with your dog, along with a group of other dog lovers, should be on your list of "things to do". Carol did a magnificent job organizing this event and mapping out a great dog walk through town. We loved giving out treats and water to all the dogs that walked by Paws pet boutique. With $7,875 raised to help Lab Rescue, this event was a success all the way around. Stay tuned for next year's walk. Paws pet boutique was glad to be a part of this Walk and look forward to helping with next year's Walk.

Meet & Greet with Our Holiday Card Artist
November 22, 2008
We enjoyed our 3rd year of working with Annapolis artist, Rosemary Williams, to create our line of special Dog Holiday Cards. Thanks to many of you who came out to meet Rosemary, support the arts and share smiles through this years holiday cards. We are already looking forward to our 2009 designs. Click here to see last years cards. Remember to check back later in 2009 to get your Dog Holiday Cards here!

Howl-iday Pet Photos at Paws
November 20, 2008
"Puparazzi" Jim Poor captured pets from behind his lens most of the day at Paws. From each sitting $2 was donated to Pitbull Rescue. Thanks to all who joined us. It made for some nice holiday card photos, while helping a worthy pet charity.

Paws pet boutique's Anniversary Celebration
Give Back Day 
Thursday, September 25, 2008   10 AM - 8 PM
To celebrate 9 years in Annapolis as we start toward year 10, Paws donated a portion of our sales today to the non-profit Emergency Guide Dog Fund. This fund is part of Maryland Area Guide Dog Users non-profit organization and was established to help pay for medical needs of Guide Dogs when his or her partner cannot afford the treatment. We were pleased to donate over $200 to this cause. Our "Give Back Philosophy" continues!
 5th Annual Crabtowne Canines Parade March
July 4th, 2008 Downtown Annapolis

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...

Patriotic Pup & Former SPCA dog, Henry, leads the Parade in full color.A little rain doesn't get the Crabtowne Canines downJulie of Spoiled Rotten Pet Sitting joins with her low-riding gang. 

Higgins rides in style on the antique Fire Engine with our pack....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
Canines and CocktailsMonthly 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.

  • Raffle prize winners were drawn each of the Fridays with ALL proceeds donated to the charity of the night. Special thanks to the Brick Companies/Atlantic Golf and Cabot Cheese for donating to our Friday night Fun-raising Raffles.
  • A portion of the drink sales from each evening was generously donated by Loews Annapolis Hotel to the non-profit Cause featured that night.

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!
After Jaw Surgury Misia finds a New Home! Audrey eyes Treats!

Black is Beautiful - A Celebration of Dark DogsMay 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 County
Yellow 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.
Ben's found his spot with Judy and MadelineJuly 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 Rescue
In 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 Needs
Kasey never missed a Canines & Cocktails
Canines 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 for donating her time to capture the show!



Pirate Pet Parade
Peggy and peg-legged Patterson take home a prizeOlive with twin escorts winsSunday, 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...

  • Judges were challenged with 15 prizes and 40 dogs swaggering their stuff on the tented "stage" by the water. Special thanks to David with Friends of Quiet Waters Park/Dog Park, Lisa with Mobile Pet Vet, Sylvia with Fidos for Freedom and Leo for making up such a distinguished judges panel. Captain Waters of Watermark kept the crowd hooked as judges deliberated.
  • Prizes were given for the Best Barkaneer (most talkative), Salty Dog (feistiest) and the Aargh, Arf Award (most swagger) to name a few. The big Capt. Jack Sparrow award went to 3-legged Patterson with his "peg leg" and 2-legged Peggy. We are grateful he was here to win!
  • Fidos for Freedom joined our pirate pack this year as our non-profit partner. They are working to increase the quality of life and provide companionship to the residents of our local community through specially trained service dogs, hearing dogs and therapy dogs. Outstanding job by all and over $600 was raised.

Think Spring Paw Posies

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.


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
Grreat Happy Tails DayGrreat Happy Tails DaySaturday, 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, 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.


Holly-Paw Painting
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!

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Little Ben’s 2nd Big Fundraiser Cruise
Little Bens CruiseBens Fundraiser CruiseFriday, 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
Canines and Cocktails with Paws and LoewsLast Friday in July, August, September & October 2007

  • Paws pet boutique and Loews Annapolis Hotel partnered to host this series of dog-friendly, cheerful events which was a huge success in 2007. Each event featured aspecial pet charity in an effort to help them raise awareness and funding for their non-profit work. Through raffles and donations, over $3,000 was raised over the four months to benefit these featured groups: SPCA of Anne Arundel County, Tails of Hope (, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Mid-Atlantic Westie Rescue (
  • These non-profit groups continue to inspire us to make a difference. Little Buttons, a 9-year old rat terrier, even found a new home at our first Canines & Cocktails! Where planning on keeping the spirit and hosting another series beginning in the spring of 2008. Stay tuned for dates. As always, well- behaved canines (& humans!) are always welcome and are sure to enjoy the networking opportunity!

Howl-o-ween Barkin’ Bash
Halloween Barkin Bash 2007Saturday, 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!

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!

Crabtowne Parade - WalkersCrabtowne Banner  Michelle

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!

Dixie with tail-end rufflesMadeline shines with OpelPaws pet boutique models for CN8 Morning Show


Paint a "Paw Posy" with Your Pooch for Father's Day
Phoebe's Paw PosySunday 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
Doodle on Pirate Pet Parade StageSunday, May 6 at 11 AM

  • Watermark and Paws pet boutique joined together again to liven up the Maryland Maritime Festival with a Pirate Pet Parade. All Bow-wow Barkaneers appeared to have a barkin’ good time as they swaggered around the main stage on the City Dock, downtown Annapolis. Loews Hotel's yellow lab mascot, Luke, proudly paraded as the Grand Marshall, while Watermark’s Pirate Captain Tom provided commentary as the canine crew hooked the audience with their scruffy good looks.
  • Judging was tough, as all were really winners. But our 3 judges, Dr. Lisa Beagan of Mobile Pet Vet, David Iams the pack leader of the Dog Park Volunteers at Quiet Waters Park and Beth Kahr with Tails of Hope went out on the plank and came up with 11 winners. All received prizes thanks to Watermark, Paws pet boutique, Montrea's Mutt Mobile Grooming, the Mobile Pet Vet and Loews Annapolis Hotel -- who offered up a night's stay at their pet-friendly hotel, along with dinner for two. Everyone enjoyed Loews bone-shaped cookies too!
  • Pirate T-shirts and canine bandannas were given to all registrants, while all registration donations went to support Tails of Hope. Tails were waggin' at Tails of Hope booth as we were able to raise over $900 to help this local, no-kill, pet rescue organization!
  • Please patronize our Pirate Parade sponsors who made this even more fun than last year...

    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
Paws May Day BasketMay 1, 2007

  • Freddie the Havanese likes to visit Paws on his walks, so he had his folks from Severna Park Florist create Paws pet boutique's dog-gone basket. Hydrants & dogs go together when it comes to watering, right?




Paint “Paw Posies” at Paws
Paw Posies - Paws pet boutiqueSunday, April 22 from 10 AM to 5 PM

  • This sold-out event revealed many “Paw-cassos” in Annapolis! So much so, we're planning another Posy Painting Day on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17! Call or visit today for reservations.
  • Local artists Rosemary Williams and Patsy Helmetag teamed up to help pet's express themselves with paint. With a little help and some added floral accents, there were some mighty creative posies painted. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day and had fun displaying many of the Paw Posy creations in front of Paws for all to view.
  • This hand-and-paw effort helped to benefit the local charity Box of Rain (visit For every posy painting, a $4 donation was made -- a dollar for every paw! Paws Posy Event coincided with Spring Fling Fest on Maryland Avenue & State Circle, which also helped to raise funds and awareness for Box of Rain. By the close of day, a total donation of $3,000 was made to Box of Rain from Paws pet boutique and the other merchants who participated in Spring Fling. Thanks to all who came out.


Spring Collar Swap
Bill Needs a Home - Contact Tails of Hope Adopt Bill - Contact Tails of HopeSaturday, April 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM

  • Thanks to all who brought food, towels, bowls and plenty of collars to help the homeless pets with Tails of Hope pet rescue. We promise everything will be put to good use.
  • It's good to know many of you took advantage of the 25% off discount on a new collar for your own pet when you made a donation. We now have some snazzy looking pets out there ready for the warmer weather!
  • On a final note, Bill with Tails of Hope is stilling looking for a loving home. If you or someone you know has room in their heart and home, please contact Tails of Hope ( This non-profit has a no-kill policy and does unbelievable work. We encourage you to contact them if you are interested in adopting or fostering a pet.


6th Annual GRREAT Happy Tails Day, in honor of Murphy
Saturday, March 24 from 3 – 6:30 PM

  • SUCCESS! Close to $2,000 was raised for GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training)! Thanks to all who participated and to all the prize sponsors, who made the raffle very exciting and rewarding. With winners drawn every half hour between 3:30 and 6:30 PM, the excitement mounted as we reached the grand prize at 6:30. Special thanks to Nancy Howell of Sundance Travel and Savage River Lodge for donating the 2-night stay with dinner as our grand prize valued at $600.
  • Grreat Cake 2007Please patronize these businesses who made the GRREAT raffle possible:
    Sundance Travel specializing in pet-friendly travel (phone: 800-928-8707 or
    Savage River Lodge (a pet-friendly top-notch resort in Frostburg, MD)
    Pinky’s Liquor Store on West Street in Annapolis who carries Dog Tail Wine!
    Before & After with beach goodies and more at
    Spoiled Rotten Dogs pet-sitting,
    Happy Pet pet sitting,
    Muddy Paw Wash,
  • Representatives from GRREAT and many, many great dogs attended for all the fun. Dog cake was served and tails Walking Tour of Annapoliswere a waggin’! If you are interested in learning more about this non-profit organization, visit them at
  • Once again Watermark partnered with Paws and offered a special walking tour of Annapolis entitled “Animal Tales”. A portion of the walk proceeds went to GRREAT. Watermark is pet-friendly when it comes to their boat tours. Visit them at
  • This event honors the memory of Murphy, who was one of those dogs you never forget and never want to. As a GRREAT red golden who found his forever home at age 10 in Annapolis, he never looked back and enjoyed every day. His tradition of giving (and not asking for much) lives on as we celebrate him and other dogs that made a difference in our lives. Thanks for helping us make a difference.


Holiday Pet Photo Party
Holiday Pet Photo Party to Benefit Tails of HopeFriday, December 1 from 4 – 8 PM

  • Close to 50 pets were captured in photo form thanks to local photographer, Cameron Adams. This season even a rabbit and a feline came out to enjoy the lime light that only dogs had enjoyed in the past. We loved it!
  • 10% of each photo session was donated to Tails of Hope. In December, 2006, Paws pet boutique was proud to assist in collecting over $500 in donations for Tails of Hope thanks to this Photo Party, an in-store raffle and counter donations. Thanks for helping us make a difference!




Holiday Card Present-ation Party
Rosemary Freitas Williams - Holiday Card Artist at Paws Pet BoutiqueSunday, 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.

  • The original watercolor paintings that created the 4 holiday card designs offered in 2006 were on display along with other pieces of framed art by Rosemary. Anyone with a dog identified with the “subject matter” of the designs. Each offered a splash of Annapolis flavor.
  • Stay tuned for other exclusive artistic events with Rosemary in 2007! s


3rd Annual Paws’ Paw Dip
Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 10 AM to 3 PM

  • Local artist, Megan Evans assisted over 100 participants in “dipping” or imprinting their pet’s paw in a pre-rolled disc of clay to create personalized ornaments. Each ornament was fired in the kiln several times, hand-painted and personalized to make a priceless holiday memory to enjoy for years to come.
  • This event sold-out for the 3rd year in a row. Make sure you register early if you are interested in the 2007 Paw Dip! We will try to schedule two dates to accommodate everyone this year.

Howl-o-ween Barkin’ Bash at Quiet Waters Park
Pink Princess at the Barkin BashSaturday, 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.

  • Fortunately this year’s Bash was a successful fund-raiser for the park. All money raised will help Friends of Quiet Waters maintain and improve the conditions at both the dog park and dog beach.
  • Paws pet boutique is proud to be one of the founding sponsors and encourages anyone interested in helping out with the dog park to contact Paws or David Iams through Help is always needed in keeping the park looking beautiful and in organizing the Barkin’ Bash and other Friends of Quiet Water Park events.

Little Ben’s Big Fundraiser Cruise
Close Up - Fun on Ben's CruiseFriday, 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 ....

  • Dan Haas' Band, Ben's Bones, entertained all aboard and added in some lively sit/stay, dance, singing and waggiest tail contests.
  • By night's end, close to $5,300 was raised to help ALDF fight the appeals in this court case! Ben now is enjoying home life and learning to play with toys and walk on a leash. All is new to this estimated 3-year old dog, thanks to ALDF. The generous support of Annapolitans will help make a difference. Thanks to all who supported this event. To learn more about ALDF visit
  • Please patronize the local businesses who generously donated food and Silent Auction items to make this a Thanks to our Sponsorsmemorable and successful evening. Special thanks to:

    Alexander's of Annapolis Salon & Day Spa
    Cameron Adams Photography
    Carrol's Creek Cafe in Eastport
    Davis' Pub in Eastport
    Edible Arrangements of Annapolis
    Grauls Market of Cape St. Claire
    Great Harvest Bread Co.
    Harry Browne's
    Inside Annapolis Magazine
    It's a Pet Thing in Pasadena
    Loews Annapolis Hotel
    Maryland Food Co-op
    Pesce Grande of Annapolis
    Potato Valley Cafe on the Circle by Paws
    Trader Joe's Grocer of Annapolis
    Whole Foods of Annapolis
    Trader Joes
    Great Harvest Bread Company
    Inside Annapolis
  • Photos courtesy of Cameron Adams. To learn more about these photos and others taken at the event, please contact Cameron (see website above). We're grateful for his expertise.

Fall Collar Swap to benefit Tails of Hope
Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 2006

  • Tails of Hope received a huge box of collars, toys and totes thanks to the generous support of all of you who participated in the Collar Swap. Additionally monetary donations were collected prior and during the event to support Tails of Hope’s angelic work.
  • Tails of Hope is a no-kill organization that rescues pets that have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances due to no fault of their own. They can always use collars, leads, food, towels, kitty litter and of course monetary donations. Additionally, they are in search of a large parcel of land to establish a facility. All monetary donations are tax-deductible.

It Rained on Our Parade!
Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 5 PM

  • We could have done without the experience of “raining cats & dogs” on the 4th of July this year. The rain entered the picture right before we lined up for the parade and we were looking good! We did bring home the “Best Animal Group” again this year, even though we did not officially march.
  • Just over $200 will be donated to the SPCA on behalf of the Crabtowne Canines. Check back, as we may have to re-group for the Labor Day Parade! Thanks to all who registered and were ready to march. Show off your Crabtowne pride and wear your t-shirt!
  • The photos tell the story…with Bailey’s wet mug at the end.


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!

  • Unbelievable creativity and participation made it difficult to come up with only 10 dogs that stood out in their categories. Everyone was a winner, but most would agree that "Mad Dog Gus", sitting on his boat, floated above the crowd. Gus and his owner, Martha McNamara took the Skull & Milk bone Award for the most original costume. From the Barkaneers Award to the Ruffy Scupper Award, fun was had by all. Thanks to all who swaggered over to the event.
  • We thank Watermark for providing great looking t-shirts made specially for the event, in addition to all their help to make this such a smooth-sailing event. Paws pet boutique enjoyed decking out all the dogs in a special pirate bandanna and awarding prizes to the winners.
  • Tails of Hope, our partner charity, helped educate folks about pets and the option of rescue. Tails of Hope dog, Freddie, made his debut at the Parade and found his forever home when a couple submitted an application to adopt him. We love happy endings! Over $650 was raised for this heart-warming organization. To learn more visit Canines MarchCrabtowne Canines MarchCrabtowne Canines MarchCrabtowne Canines March

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

  • Customers enjoyed a collar discount after donating an old collar or other item to the SPCA. Four boxes were filled with wonderful goodies that went back to help the pets still looking for homes here in Annapolis.
  • Representatives from the SPCA visited with sweet pets looking for homes. They certainly enjoyed sampling the biscuits, several belly rubs and their day out.
  • The SPCA is always looking for donations of clean towels, food, toys, pet shampoo, kitty litter and other items listed on the wish list found on their website Please keep this in mind any time of year.

Murphy's GRREAT Golden Happy Tails Day
Bella with Cake - GRREAT 2006Michelle at GRREAT 2006Took 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 ( In honor of our friends’ GRREAT golden, Murphy, all proceeds went to GRREAT to benefit older golden retrievers.

  • Over $300 in raffle prizes were donated by Paws pet boutique, Watermark, Before & After ( and Sundance Travel to help raise money for GRREAT. Over $400 was raised for this GRREAT cause.
  • GRREAT representatives, including several goldens looking for homes, visited from 2 - 6 pm and enjoyed mingling with a store full of happy-tailed dogs and customers.
  • Watermark offered a special Historical Dog Walk Tour again with 10% of the 60-minute tour fee going to GRREAT.

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.Bear shows off his new collar, as he looks for a home.

  • Money was collected and donated to Animal Resource Foundation (ARF) from the photos taken by Adrian Hood.
  • Several adoptable pets visited with ARF representatives and are still seeking new homes.
  • Four-year-old Bear acted like he did every day as he mingled with guests for hours. Bear, a golden retriever mix, enjoys sitting and giving paw on command and is great with pets and children. As of 2/20/06 Bear was adopted! Don't you just love happy endings?

Thanks to all who joined us and made a difference that day.