The second annual Pints-n-Paws Luau was a huge success and I'm so happy I was able to be there to photograph the fun for a second time. The luau was hosted by LI-DOG, an organization that helps to get more access for dogs to Long Island's beaches and parks. Ginny, Irene and all the other organizers and volunteers did such a fantastic job decorating and coordinating the event, which went off without a hitch. It was a crazy hot day, but there was plenty of water and shade and even a kiddy pool for the dogs to cool off in, so everyone was nice and comfortable, despite the heat.
It took place at Off Key Tikki, a Caribbean-themed beach bar in Patchogue. The beauty of the venue was matched by the unbearable cuteness of the many dogs in attendance. From tiny Chihuahuas to gigantic Irish Wolfhounds, all the dogs were amazingly well-behaved and snazzily dressed in leis, Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts. There was live music at the beach area, raffles, grilling and lots of fun contests for the dogs and owners to participate in. There were prizes for Biggest Lap Dog, Silliest Dog Trick and an island-themed owner and dog lookalike costume contest. There was also a photo booth with props for pups and pup parents to take selfies with.
I was very excited to meet the couple who won my raffle basket for a free photo shoot and $100 print credit. They've got adorable dogs that I can't wait to get in front of my camera lens! I'll update you when they come in for a session!
Here are the photos I took at the luau!
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