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The ultimate pooch party: Pet fashion show, doggie snack bar and owner cocktails help raise a cool $100,000

The ultimate pooch party: Pet fashion show, doggie snack bar and more

26 Bret Baccus, from left, Paula Sutton and Bridget Samuels at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Bret Baccus, from left, Paula Sutton and Bridget Samuels. Photo by © Kim Coffman
2 Wendy Phillips, from left, Kristy Phillips and Teena Davis at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Wendy Phillips, from left, Kristy Phillips and Teena Davis. Photo by © Kim Coffman
18 Troy Broussard with Delta Dawn at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Troy Broussard with Delta Dawn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
25 Jerri and Sam Moore at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Jerri and Sam Moore. Photo by © Kim Coffman
24 Sonio Soto with Jesse at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Sonio Soto with Jesse. Photo by © Kim Coffman
22 Jessica Rossman, left, and Laurette Veres at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Jessica Rossman, left, and Laurette Veres. Photo by © Kim Coffman
17 Brooks Milam Lara Bell-Milam with Breck at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Brooks Milam and Lara Bell-Milam with Breck. Photo by © Kim Coffman
20 Teena Davis, from left, Casey Curry and Renea Locke at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Teena Davis, from left, Casey Currey and Renea Locke. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Brad Miles, left, and Kirk Longmire with Mason at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Brad Miles, left, and Kirk Longmire with Mason. Photo by © Kim Coffman
19 Jodie Eisenhardt, left, and Erin Hicks at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Jodie Eisenhardt, left, and Erin Hicks. Photo by © Kim Coffman
3 Shelby Kibodeax, from left, Elizabeth Stein and Bruce Padilla at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Shelby Kibodeax, from left, Elizabeth Stein and Bruce Padilla. Photo by © Kim Coffman
9 M.A. Shute with Bimmer at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
M.A. Shute with Bimmer. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 Kay Tegeler, left, and Lucille Bogany with Prince at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Kay Tegeler, left, and Lucille Bogany with Prince. Photo by © Kim Coffman
16 Sharron Melton, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Sharron Melton, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
15 Laurette Veres, left, and Tara Brivic at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Laurette Veres, left, and Tara Brivic. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 Harvey and Ellen Grodjesk with Samson at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Harvey and Ellen Grodjesk with Samson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
8 Robert Smith and Karen Turner-Smith at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
Robert Smith and Karen Turner-Smith. Photo by © Kim Coffman
26 Bret Baccus, from left, Paula Sutton and Bridget Samuels at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
2 Wendy Phillips, from left, Kristy Phillips and Teena Davis at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
18 Troy Broussard with Delta Dawn at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
25 Jerri and Sam Moore at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
24 Sonio Soto with Jesse at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
22 Jessica Rossman, left, and Laurette Veres at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
17 Brooks Milam Lara Bell-Milam with Breck at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
20 Teena Davis, from left, Casey Curry and Renea Locke at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
10 Brad Miles, left, and Kirk Longmire with Mason at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
19 Jodie Eisenhardt, left, and Erin Hicks at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
3 Shelby Kibodeax, from left, Elizabeth Stein and Bruce Padilla at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
9 M.A. Shute with Bimmer at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
1 Kay Tegeler, left, and Lucille Bogany with Prince at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
16 Sharron Melton, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
15 Laurette Veres, left, and Tara Brivic at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
6 Harvey and Ellen Grodjesk with Samson at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015
8 Robert Smith and Karen Turner-Smith at the Best Friends Brunch benefiting aniMeals on Wheels February 2015

It was a poochie party on Valentine's Day when the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel was delightfully overrun with dogs for the Saturday brunch that raised $100,000 for Interfaith Ministries' aniMeals on Wheels program.

The second annual Best Friends Brunch featured a Top Pet Fashion Show and awarding of the aniMeals on Wheels Top Dog Award to Jesse, Sonia Soto's friendly pooch. While pet owners warmed up for the show over midday cocktails, the dogs grazed through the ground-level feeding station created for their dining pleasure by Doggiee Snack Bar.

Teena Davis, Wendy Phillips and Kristy Phillips chaired the event with funds dedicated to the program that feeds the hungry pets of Meals on Wheels homebound seniors. Host committee members Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux and auction chair Kim Padgett contributed to the success.

Bringing home the mission of the luncheon, a Meals on Wheels senior gave testimony to the importance of providing food for the pets of homebound seniors, who sometimes sacrifice their own food for their four-legged friends.

Joining the effort were Jessica Rossman, Dr. Angela Strum, Mary Benton, Jennifer Roosth, Barbara Van Postman, Elizabeth Stein, Erin Hicks, Susan Boggio, Debra and Stephen Costello, Laurette Veres, Karen and Jay Harberg and Jodie Eisenhardt.