In Praise of Puppies and Those Who Love Them!

By on 9 August, 2012 in Fun, Pets, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Some were very, very hairy. Some, the Grand Marshal in particular, had hardly any hair at all. Some were settled and mature (two beagles dressed to match were so mature they had to take a break midway and finish later). Others, particularly one 4-month old Boxer, were really young and full of energy.

All agreed at event’s end that the Third Annual Garden District Dog Parade was great fun and an incredible chance to accomplish two things: to tell “the bad guys and gals” that ours was NOT a neighborhood to be messed with and to socialize – four-footed and two-footed creatures alike – with old friends and new acquaintances.

The event is the Garden District Preservation Association’s official celebration of National Night Out. Each year’s dog parade has been bigger and better than the year before.

This event was special for a couple of reasons. First, the incredible animal cruelty survivor Louis Vuitton, complete with an MPD motorcycle escort, led the parade as its official Grand Marshal and international celebrity guest. Second, the event was topped off with hot dogs and all the fixings (for people) and treats of all sizes and shapes (for the furries).

Hats off to the volunteers who made it happen, particularly Brandon Brazil, Dottye Hannan and Thomas Patterson. Hats off to Cloverdale resident Jeff Cox, who at the last minute offered the use of his beloved convertible to provide Louis and his “parents” the ride they deserved. Finally, hats off to the folks from all over Montgomery who showed up and walked the mile route in our summer heat.

I can hardly wait to see how the Association will top this triumph next year. And you can bet they will. So mark your calendars now for the first Tuesday in August, 2013: the Garden District dog parade!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 29 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.


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