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Dogs strut their stuff in benefit for shelter

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By Theresa Goffredo
Herald Writer
  • Gucci, a 7-year-old cocker spaniel, will be at Shakaroo this year.

    Courtesy of Everett Animal Shelter

    Gucci, a 7-year-old cocker spaniel, will be at Shakaroo this year.

Don't be too surprised if you see these stars taking a "bow wow" on the Everett Performing Arts Center stage.
After all, these dogs can be stage stealers.
There will be 25 doggies from the Everett Animal Shelter starring in the second annual event called "Shakaroo" on Friday at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. The event benefits the shelter.
Dogs will strut on stage during a Pooch Parade, and then dogs and people get together for a meet and greet during the Whine & Wine portion of the program.
And who knows what might happen after that. Relationships could blossom. It could be love at first sight. Or dog and human might come together at the theater and create their own happy ending.
"Seeing the dogs on stage and meeting them is so much fun for the audience," said Dee Cordell, the shelter's operations coordinator. "It's just an awesome way to spend an evening, while supporting the animals in the shelter, all in the comfort of the performing arts center."
The evening also includes a live concert performance by local band Nigel Mustafa. The evening's master of ceremonies is Lee Dart.
The evening goes like this:
Doors open at 7 and guests can mingle in the upper lobby area and buy wine or Italian sodas, snack on finger foods and buy a Shakaroo 2013 T-shirt. Guests can also buy raffle tickets to win prizes.
At 8 the auditorium event begins. Nigel Mustafa will play and then the Pooch Parade will take place. Each dog will be introduced and walk across the stage.
The theme for this year's Pooch Parade is "High School," so there will be a prom queen, a student council president, a quarterback, chess club members and some "freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors."
Some of the dogs in the parade -- and up for adoption -- include Browner, a 5-month-old Rottweiler mix; Titan, a 6-month-old short coat Chihuahua, and Gucci, a 7-year-old cocker spaniel.
During a break for the band, guests will go into the upper and lower lobbies for the Whine & Wine event and meet the 13 dogs they just saw in the Pooch Parade.
Then the band plays again and 12 more dogs march around the stage followed by a second Whine & Wine break and a chance for guests to interact with all 25 dogs.
Last year, 300 dog lovers attended the event. This year organizers are hoping to fill 500 seats in the Everett Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for "Shakaroo" are $20 and on sale at the Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Road, Everett, or by calling the "Shakaroo" hot line at 425-257-6040.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;
Story tags » Community festivalsFamily funMusicEverettAnimalsWine

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