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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Socializing With Your Small Dog
Founder and coordinator Elaine Lewis, with actress Bernadette Peters and  chihuahua. 

This is what a dog 'meet up' should be. An adorable group of well socialized small* dogs, their 'paw rents', and a lot of fun to be had.

Think pizza party, dessert, raffles and prizes. Throw in costume contests, and dogs dressed in fine canine couture.

These meet ups really are a wonderful time for all involved. The coordinator and leader of this group is Elaine Lewis, a woman that really dedicates herself to the events she puts together.

The venue varies, at some locations Elaine is able to sell wonderful, very *and I mean very* competitively priced dog clothing, accessories, costumes, beds and carriers. She donates a portion of the proceeds to an animal rescue organization.

The best part of all is that these events are really for the dogs. They get to romp and play and really enjoy themselves with other dogs and humans for two hours.

I look forward to going once a month, and I get so much happiness from seeing my dogs having such a grand old time. The cost is $9, and it's well worth it! ($9 for a person with up to 2 dogs and $6 per additional person) So far, I think I have been the only attendee that brings along more than two dogs that I know of!

I have been to some dog meet ups that really have missed the boat on being a real 'event'.  I really enjoy that these are parties, with themes and always a different experience.  You might find fresh cannolis or strawberry shortcake from Veneiro's bakery,  or something like the homemade cake I brought along in August to celebrate my 'birthday boy' and 'birthday girl' August pups.

Sometimes a doggy birthday, sometimes a holiday theme, Elaine always delivers a memorable meet up, or 'party' as I consider it.

If you have a small dog, and haven't been,  it just might be time to check it out!
Elaine Lewis, Coordinator, with Mandee

Actress Bethe Austin with Leetl Lulu
Mandee in her pretty frock!

NYC DJ Sherdina with Angel

Strawberry Shortcake, Veneiro's Bakery

Thelma, Miles and Fern, who holds a Shih Tzu Meet Up.

Party animals! 

More wild fun.

Elaine holding a bag of raffle prizes.

Chester  standing in front of Angel in her pink dress.

My little Peach dog at the goody table!
*Small indicates dogs 12 pounds and under! Many dog parks consider small 25 pounds and under, but this group is for the littlest guys.


  1. i have been to about 4 meet ups with this group and all have been so enjoyable for my doggie cu and I.
    The people and the doggies are so friendly and welcomed us into their group and i am grateful for this chance to meet such dog loving people ..Erica, you have been most generous to us, thank you again.
    doreen and cujo, a.k.a. cu cu bear!

  2. You are one of the reasons the meet ups are so fun!