In 1996, my family went to the Riverhead Fair, a tradition for us every October that continues to this day. The Kent Animal Shelter had a booth there with the most adorable puppy we'd ever seen, fluffy with a big bushy tail and huge paws for his tiny size. They told us several families were interested in him and whoever got to the shelter first the next morning would have the chance to adopt him.
We got there hours before the shelter even opened.
We named him Whiskey. Later on, he grew into those gigantic paws and his trainer identified him as an Irish Wolfhound mix.
He was the prince of our family for 11 years, until we lost him to cancer in 2007.
Kent Animal Shelter was the first place I went to in 2012 when I was looking to adopt a new dog. They didn't have any that were good with cats, so they pointed me to Southampton Animal Shelter, where I found my sweet boy Basil, in whose memory I'll be walking this year. When I heard about their Wines and Canines Walk at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, I thought it was the perfect way to give back to a place that has given me so much.
That first year and last year, my friends and I were the team that raised the most money for the event. We'd like to try and make this year our best year yet. If you can donate, please click here. You'll be supporting a very worthy cause. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to our fundraiser so far! If you can't donate, please share the link with fellow animal lovers. Or you can register to walk at the event and start your own fundraising team to help save homeless pets.
The walk is on September 25th from 11am-2pm at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, and I can tell you, it is so much fun. Walk through the beautiful vineyard, chat with other dog lovers, enjoy contests and vendors, meet adorable adoptable pets and try your luck at the 50-50 raffle and prize auction.
This year, I'll also be donating a basket to the prize auction with a free photography session and a $100 print credit. I'm so excited to help this amazing shelter. I hope to see you there!