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Paws Happenings 

April 2010. Ben's Cruise for Compassion benefiting ALDF


Paws pet boutique is passionate about community outreach. Our dog-friendly, fun events support animal- related charities.

Many of our events benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund through Ben's Memorial Fund.  Click here to learn more about Ben, his rescue along with 300 other dogs, and his legacy Fund that continues to help animals like him. 


We're still settling in after our move from Annapolis, Maryland to Naples, Florida. Would love to meet you if you're in the area at one of our upcoming events!

Save the Dates in 2019...


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

If you and your pup love to socialize, you're in for a treat!

 4:00 PM: Paws Pet Parade around the Plaza starting in front of Paws. Please give us a ring (410-263-8683), email ( or stop in to let us know your joining the parade. We'll make sure we have a complimentary Paws bandana for your pet!

Dog Cake-Cutting Ceremony follows parade with complimentary cake for pups while it lasts. Why cut ribbons when you can cut cake for a Grand Re-opening!? Complimentary people snacks served to those who love their pets.

Support Charity by participating in our 'Tickets of Chance'. Winner receives a Southwest Airline ticket and ALL proceeds donated to Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund. Our events always benefit charity and this charitable Fund fights puppy mills and supports prosecution of animal cruelty. Store specials (in-store and online) to be announced.


Saturday, November 9 - Paws 2nd Pup Parade

We never like to see the Party end, so we're continuing the celebration with another Paws Pet Parade through the Shoppes at Vanderbilt Farmer's Market. Make sure your pet wears their Paws bandanna from the 1st Parade or reach out to us to reserve one for this Parade! Winner of Southwest Airline ticket drawn at 4 PM. All 'Tickets of Chance' proceeds donated to Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund. In-store and online specials to be announced. Stay tuned!



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

Local jewelry artisan, Tracy Menz, captures an imprint of your pet's fur and creates a heart-shaped charm with the texture of your pet's fur. Slip on a necklace and you'll always have them near and dear to your heart. Each unique, handmade charm is made with fine silver and love. Price per charm is $39.95. Opt to have a name hand-stamped on back for an additional $10. Pick up your charm at Paws in approximately 1 week. Call Paws to reserve your time slot today! Walk-ins welcome as time permits. (Tracy will have chain options available too.) If cannot come to Paws in Naples, we'll have FURever Heart Charm Kits available online soon at

Adoptable dogs from Domestic Animal Services will be joining us 11 AM to 1 PM. If an application is put in on a visiting dog and you end up adopting, we'll have a free FURever Charm made with your new family member! A fun Paws Basket of Goodies will be up for grabs too. Take a 'Ticket of Chance' on the Basket and 100% of proceeds donated to DAS.



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

We're excited to support another Small Business and welcome back Tracy Menz Designs for another Charm Day. Every pet has a unique and beautiful Shnoz! Just like finger prints, no two are alike. Local jewelry artisan, Tracy, will capture an imprint of your best friend's nose and make the impression into a one-of-a-kind silver charm for you. If you need a necklace chain, Tracy will have some options available. Your finished charm will be ready for pick up at Paws in approximately 1 week. Charms are $39.95 each with an option to add a hand-stamped name on back for $10 extra. Call Paws to reserve your spot today! Walk ins welcome as time permits. If you can't make it, My Pet Nose Charm Kits will be available on soon! 

Take a chance at winning a Basket of Goodies from Paws pet boutique and Tracy Menz Designs. All proceeds donated to the Humane Society of Naples. Visit with adoptable pets and representatives between 10 AM to 1 PM. Look for their 'Paws Around Town' Bus in front of Paws pet boutique! If you put in an application on a visiting pet and end up adopting, we'll make a free 'Nose Charm' with your new pet for you. 



Friday, December  6, 3-6 PM - Sip & Shop Jewelry Trunk Show with Tracy Menz Designs

Here's your opportunity to meet the artist and pick up something special for yourself or others on your list. Tracy will have her collection of handmade silver and gemstone jewelry pieces in addition to the line of exclusive pet-lover jewelry we offer at Paws pet boutique. Every piece is made with love and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ben's Memorial Fund with Animal Legal Defense Fund.


 In recent NEWS...

November 18, 2015

Paws pet boutique was honored with a proclamation from Maryland Comptroller Franchot in our store. Receiving this Certificate of Recognition for our small business was a humbling honor and exciting experience. We are grateful for our Paws Crew and all our supporters. Thank you!

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presents Paws with Proclamation.




Catie, Larry, Ben and Michelle, November 2015.______________________________________________________________

Sorry if you missed WAG & WINE for a Cause Series

the 4th Friday, May-August 2015...It was a BLAST!

Hudson & Fitz #Pawsliving at Wag & Wine thanks to Victoria

We've enjoyed hosting many dog-friendly events over the years. Click here to check them out. Below are a couple that really standout. Thanks for your support...

Paws partnered with Great Frogs Winery for these popular dog-friendly Annapolis events. Each Friday featured an animal charity and a raffle. All raffle proceeds and a portion of the wine proceeds were donated to the cause.

We are pleased to share that over $6,000 was raised from the raffles for the 4 featured charties.

Click here for Wag & Wine for a Cause photos from May 22 to benefit Rude Ranch.

Click here to view photos from Wag & Wine to benefit Maryland Westie Rescue on June 26, 2015.

Click here to enjoy photos from Wag & Wine to benefit SPCA of Anne Arundel County on July 24, 2015.

Click here to enjoy images from Wag & Wine to benefit ALDF on August 28, 2015.

For more information on the charities, please visit their websites.

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

Maryland Westie Rescue 

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Additionally, special thanks to Dogwood Acre's Caring Canines who joined us each of these Fridays. The generous raffle prize donation by Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat to each evening was greatly appreciated too!

For more details on how to have your photos featured on this website or in Paws pet boutique emails click here to learn our #Pawsliving campaign!


Ben's Dazzling Auction

To benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund (August 22 to September 7, 2013). $9,400 was raised from Ben's Auction and affiliated donations. Special thanks to Dick Smothers and The Squires Group for their continued support of our fundraising efforts and to all those who help make it happen! For details on PAST EVENTS CLICK HERE.

Ben's Dog-friendly Waterfront Benefit in 2012!

(below: Dick Smothers of The Smothers Brothers with Michelle, Ben & Larry of Paws pet boutique)

Dick of The Smothers comes to Paws pet boutique  



Ben's Benefit on Sept. 8 supports ALDF









Cruisin' for Compassion

Ben's Waterfront Benefit Bash

Amazing...Thank you! Our September 8, 2012 event sold-out and raised over $14,000 with an additional $10,000 donation from The Squires Group.

This $24,200 donation to Animal Legal Defense Fund will support their efforts to introduce Animal Law through Law Schools, work with District Attorneys to insure animal abusers are charged and convicted of their crimes and represent animals in the legal system when they need a voice!

Our dog Ben and 300+ other dogs were represented by ALDF and removed from horrific conditions with a hoarder. Their work is so important!

Through the generous support of businesses and individuals, the evening offered 80 silent auction prizes, a raffle with Dick Smothers Bike, tasty food and refreshments including a wine tasting by Wine Cellars of Annapolis.  Fortunately the night's festivities were captured by Red Leash Pet Photography. Check back, we'll have the link to the photo video here shortly! Check for photos on our Facebook page too.

Dick Smothers raffles his bike for to benefit the animals


Please patronize the donors that you see listed in our Event Program below...



 Heartfelt thanks to Annapolis IT Staffing company


Thanks again to our alpha sponsors...




Want to still support the cause?
Consider picking up a Ben's Benefit T-shirt while they last. All proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Bens Benefit Shirts Give Back to the Animals



ben-smiling08.jpgBen's Dog-friendly Cruise for Compassion #5

took place Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7-10 PM

Thanks to you & local businesses $10,800 was raised from Ben's Cruise & Raffle!

Our generous thanks to The Squires Group, an IT Staffing company in Annapolis, who matched $10,000. Amazing!!!

$20,800 was donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund to help stop animal abuse & neglect.

 Red Leash Pet Photography donated their time and talents on Ben's Cruise and created a beautiful Slideshow of the event. You have to check it out by clicking here.

Dan Haas with Ben's Bones entertained us like only they could and so many businesses came forward to donate food or Silent Auction items. We will list all the businesses here shortly. Please patronize them! Red Leash Pet Photography...Augustine's Diamond Boutique, Casa Nova...Stoney River Legendary Steaks...Harry Brownes...Galway Bay Irish Pub...Loews Annapolis Hotel...Carrol's Creek Restaurant...Davis Pub...Broadneck Grill...Garry's Grill...Greater Annapolis Vet...Paws & Possibilities Dog Training...Bowtie Cinemas...Wagging Tail Portraits...Rams Head...South River Golf...Halo Salon...Potato Valley Cafe...Chick and Ruth's Deli and Scotlauer Inn...Varuna Spa & Salon, Stella & Dot Jewelry...Zachary's Jewelers to name a few.

All proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund who rescued our Jack Russell Ben and continues to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals. Special Thanks to our sponsors...







We are grateful for all Animal Legal Defense Fund does improve the lives of animals.   Our little Jack Russell terrier, Ben, was rescued, 09bencakew-gs.jpgalong with over 300 other dogs, from a puppy mill/hoarder that had them “living” in unthinkable circumstances. This is one of many court cases initiated by ALDF where they speak on behalf of the animals. Thanks to ALDF, Ben’s court case was won so he and all his former fur friends can now live in homes with love. Unfortunately the work continues, so join us in supporting ALDF.

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In the News

Paws voted #1 Pet Boutique in Annapolis - 2007Paws pet boutique is voted #1 Pet Boutique in Annapolis! bestof2007.jpg

We are proud and honored that those of you who live and work in our community voted Paws pet boutique "The Best" in What's Up Annapolis magazine's "Best of Annapolis 2007 Awards". Our mission is to provide a spirited, neighborhood- friendly environment where customers find reasonably-priced, quality specialty items that celebrate pets. Along the way we want to improve the lives of as many people and pets as possible through our store, our products, our outreach to pet causes and our website. We will continue to strive to provide you, the customer, the best there is to offer in products, information and service. Thank you!


Paws pet boutique is chosen as #1



Thank you Annapolis! Paws pet boutique was voted the Best Pet Store in What’s Up? Annapolis magazine’s “Best of Annapolis 2006 Awards”.

“…Whether you’re shopping for the pooch or for the feline, Paws provides everything from novel water bowls to custom-made treats, ensuring that when it comes to your pets, they’ve thought of everything.” – What’s Up? Annapolis magazine, June 2006.

With more votes than ever, this year’s survey highlights the best of the best in Annapolis. Paws pet boutique is honored to receive this award.


Paws Sees Stars…Movie that is

The site of Paws pet boutique was chosen as one of the filming locations for the movie “Failure to Launch” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. It was exciting to watch and a pleasure to meet Sarah Jessica.

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