Who: Puppies and their people, as well as friends of Top Dog Foundation
What: Top Dog Foundation’s Putts, Wags, and Wine
Where: Bearpath Golf and Country Club
When: Monday, August 16
Why: We’re crazy for canines: the eyes, the paws, the cuddling—we can’t get enough!
Bogie. That’s the name I decided on for my future pup. I love to golf (for those of you non-golfers, a bogie is scoring one over par on a hole), and my other alternatives—Irish to honor my Notre Dame roots or Prada as homage to my favorite fashionista—were both overruled by my friends and family. So, Bogie it will be.
I’ve been battling the urge to purchase a dog for about two years. After my parent’s 19-year-old Bichon Frise passed away last year, the desire to bring a new fur ball to my life only intensified. So when I hit the Top Dog Foundation’s golf tournament, wine tasting, and auction on Monday, August 16 at Bearpath Country Club, I was hoping to sate my desire for a new addition to my family. I was wrong.
The event—aimed to raise money for the Top Dog Country Club, a home for abandoned or unwell dogs who need shelter and care for the remainder of their lives—was a pet lover’s paradise. I knew I was in trouble when, after 18-holes of golf, Jean Beuning greeted her guests in the banquet hall and behind her a large screen showcased images of some of her favorite canine friends. As she told tales of the final days of the sick dogs that she cared for, there were few, if any, dry eyes among the approximate 150 people in attendance. While I cuddled a nearby mutt, I longingly watched the images slide past me and wished for my own four-legged friend.
Belinda Jensen of KARE 11 and Dan Barreiro of KFAN, both self-proclaimed “dog people” lightened the mood when they took the stage to MC the wine and auction portion of the evening. Belinda congratulated Dan on his new daughter, Giovanna, who was in attendance, and the two discussed the differences of parenting a child vs. parenting a pup—if only dogs could wear diapers.
Guests went on to enjoy a plethora of wine—Century Wine and Spirits helped organize the selection, which included 70 different wines from 12 different distrusters—and bid on live auction items ranging from a luxury six bedroom vacation home on Captiva Island for one week, donated by Jeff and Diane Balagna, to a 42” Insignia High Definition TV.
After I stopped off to ogle MarySue Krueger’s exquisite pup paintings (I now know where my parents’ Christmas present is coming from) and I took a spin through the silent auction corner—I was tempted to bid on the ten 30-minute dog walking visits and a doggie spa basket for my non-existent Bogie—I decided it was time for me to head home.
As I weaved my way around sleeping Fidos, Spots, and Muffys toward the exit, I caught wind of many guests discussing the complete success of the evening. One can only hope that this notable event becomes an annual occurrence for the canine-crazed . . . maybe next year I’ll bring Bogie.