What’s sparkly, slobbery and so much fun? The 2017 Bark-N-Bling annual event, hosted by Poochville Dog Boarding, Grooming and Daycare and benefiting Cody’s Friends Rescue (CFR). All dog lovers are invited to attend this fundraiser on October 7 at 7p.m., located at Poochville at 15070 E. Beltwood Parkway in Addison.
“Please come out if you love dogs, want to support our efforts in saving them, own a dog and want to see Poochville, or if you just want to have a great time with great people!” said Tina Austin, founder of Cody’s Friends Rescue and owner of Poochville.
The live band Hazard County will be playing at the event for your enjoyment. There will also be all-you-can-eat food and an open bar. Bling raffle tickets will be available for prizes at restaurants, movie theaters, massages and more. In addition, there will be a live auction and a silent auction with many outstanding prizes, such as Italian glass, autographed sports memorabilia, jewelry, staycation packages and more.
While you’re there, you can also tour Poochville, the newest dog boarding, grooming and day care center in Addison. Tour the facilities and ask Austin about all of your concerns, so you will feel comfortable taking your precious pup here for a day visit or nightly stay. This friendly, happy place will make any dog feel at home with luxury suites, outdoor play area, and top-of-the line grooming services.
All tickets to Bark-N-Bling and auction proceeds go to help Cody’s Friends Rescue, a 501c3, nonprofit dog rescue organization that has saved more than 3,200 dogs in the Dallas area in the past eight years. This is an all-breed rescue (everything from pit bulls to poodles) and currently has more than 200 dogs in its care. CFR is dedicated to rescuing and providing food, medical attention and boarding to helpless and forgotten dogs in North Dallas.
“Our medical bills are staggering each year taking care of heartworm positive dogs and dogs suffering from abuse and neglect, and performing limb surgeries,” said Austin. “So we are always in financial need. We recently bought a bus to continue our efforts in adoption when the weather is bad, and still owe thousands on it. We are passionate about our cause, and encouraging the public to spray and neuter their pets.”
This year alone, CFR has spent more than $175,000 on medical, food, boarding and other expenses. They are one of the largest rescues in Dallas. In addition to adopting a pet and donating, you can also foster a pet, which allows them to save another life while putting them in your care until they are adopted.
Austin named Cody’s Friends Rescue after her first adult pet named Cody. He was a Shih Tzu that she bought, unknowingly from a puppy mill. He suffered and fought for the first year she had him, and Austin gained a passion to save as many dogs as she could through networking with other rescue groups and saving the ones she could off of cold streets and in shelters. Cody did not live very long because of his weakened body, but she was able to love him for several good years and will always love and remember him!
Some of the dogs helped at Cody’s Friends Rescue include Marie, Ginger and Schaeffer. According to Austin, Marie is an 8-pound malti poo, who was in a local shelter in desperate pain. “She came in with no tail and deep burns, penetrating into her body,” explained Austin. “After burn therapy and surgery, she is healing well. Ironically, the medical assistant who helped with the surgery gave her a forever home. She is happy and never has to experience pain and abuse again.”
Ginger was on the list to be killed at a local shelter, but CFR saved her in her final hours. “She was so emaciated she could barely stand,” said Austin. “Today she is happy, loved and living as a princess with her adoptive family.”
Schaeffer was a street puppy, who hobbled along on his own for a while running away from animal control. “They finally caught him and the poor boy had to sit in a shelter waiting for his owner for ten days in pain,” said Austin. “The leg had to be amputated and now he runs freely and happily and forever loved by his new forever family. Dreams did come true for Schaeffer after much abuse and neglect.”
Tickets for Bark-N-Bling are $50 per person, which includes $20 of Bling Raffle tickets, all-you-can-eat food and an open bar. Bring a date and purchase couples tickets for $90 for the night, which includes $40 of Bling Raffle tickets as well as the all-you-can-eat food for two people and an open bar. Additional Bling Raffle tickets are $5 each, or five tickets for $20.
Order your tickets online today for a fun event and a chance to bond with other dog lovers and help needy dogs at the same time!