Who Let the Dogs Out?

Stylish big dogs, small dogs and a few kitties lap up the attention at zany circus-themed gala

Big dogs, small dogs, a few cats lap up the attention at zany gala

Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Natalie Freshour
Natalie Freshour. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla, Hershey Grace, Greg Miller
Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla, Hershey Grace, Greg Miller. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Sheriff
Nicolas Huntington, Yanira Huntington. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Patti Murphy, Dr. Roland Maldonado
Patti Murphy, Dr. Roland Maldonado. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Carolyn St. Clair, Jack Rains
Carolyn St. Clair, Jack Rains. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Michael Pearce, Matt Burrus, Estelle
Michael Pearce, Matt Burrus, and their daughter Estelle.  Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Elizabeth Stein, Alan Stein,
Elizabeth Stein, Alan Stein, Laura Stein, Jacob Stein. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Sheriff
Connie Hickman, Sheriff Ron Hickman. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16  Austin Cornelius, Marion Cornelius
Austin Cornelius, Marion Cornelius. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Jo Lynn Falgout, Gregg Falgout
Jo Lynn Falgout, Gregg Falgout. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
David Huntington, Yanira Huntington. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Duke Ensell, C.C. Ensell, Casey Curry, Carl Hahn. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Karen Deguerin, Peter Remington
Karen Deguerin, Peter Remington. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Michael Hoctor,Bonnie Goodrich
Michael Hoctor, Bonnie Goodrich. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 motley crew 2
Kat Cassard, Matt Fahey, Lauren Haize. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Claudia Sierra, Jennifer Roosth, Emily Wilkinson. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Rhonda Howells, Alan Howells, Kelly Anzilotti. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Brian Teichman, x, Andy Cordes
Brian Teichman, Damon Parker, Andrew Cordes. Photo by Kim Coffman
citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 name, John Moritz, Ed McMahon
Woody Mitchell, John Moritz, Ed McMahon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Natalie Freshour
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla, Hershey Grace, Greg Miller
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Sheriff
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Patti Murphy, Dr. Roland Maldonado
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Carolyn St. Clair, Jack Rains
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Michael Pearce, Matt Burrus, Estelle
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Elizabeth Stein, Alan Stein,
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Sheriff
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16  Austin Cornelius, Marion Cornelius
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Jo Lynn Falgout, Gregg Falgout
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Karen Deguerin, Peter Remington
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Michael Hoctor,Bonnie Goodrich
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 motley crew 2
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16
Citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 Brian Teichman, x, Andy Cordes
citizens for Animal Protection 6/16 name, John Moritz, Ed McMahon

With wagging tails and soggy kisses, the stars of Citizens for Animal Protection's "Under the Big Top" benefit easily captivated the 250 animal-lovers who filled the Bayou City Event Center for the casual summer bash.

Be it the oh-so-elegant Russian wolfhound answering to "Astor," the trembling chihuahuas (one named Bruiser) or the playful terriers, the pooches on parade were nothing less than heartwarming. Even a few felines, safely transported in their custom baby carriages, joined the barking fray. And did we mention Iggy the Iguana, who despite his menacing appearance proved to be quite docile?

CAP regulars Alex Martinez and David Arpin, accompanied by their uber-animated miniature poodles Pablo and Pedro, shared the joy as did other contestants in the pet/owner costume competition. Bonnie Goodrich, C.C. and Duke Ensell, and Cindy Childress with her cat were among those strolling the catwalk, no pun intended.

It was the ever-creative Carolyn St. Clair who swayed the judges with her colorful circus costume theme with her Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Tallulah and Spencer.

Five-star animal lovers Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux chaired the sellout event that raised $145,000 for the pet shelter. Joining them as honorary chairs were Elizabeth and Alan Stein, Laura Stein, and Jacob Stein. The evening's success was due in large part to premier sponsor David Huntington, who with his wife Yanira and their son, Nicolas, were part of the pet parade.

Linda Lorelle served as emcee introducing the line-up of honorees including Big Top honor Michael Hoctor and Mr. Magoo Trapeze Award honoree Greg Miller. Honorees taking bows included Dr. Roland Maldonado, Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout, Charlene and Charles Signorino, and the Huntington family.

The lively bunch included 2017 chairs Marion and Austin Cornelius, plus Cappy Munzer, Connie and Sheriff Ron Hickman, Karen Deguerin and Peter Remington, Rhonda and Alan Howells, Jennifer Roosth, Kelly Anzilotti, Hershey Grace and John Moritz, Ed McMahon, Francie and Mike Willis, and Casey Curry and Carl Hahn.

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