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Weezy and Bobby  Dees at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Weezy and Bobby Dees at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Linda Schmuck, from left, Kim Padgett, Kappy Muenzer and Diane Mattly at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Linda Schmuck, from left, Kim Padgett, Kappy Muenzer and Diane Mattly at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Jana and Scotty Arnoldy at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Jana and Scotty Arnoldy at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Andy Cordes, from left, Brian Teichman and Bubba McNeely at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Andy Cordes, from left, Brian Teichman and Bubba McNeely at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Carol Sawyer, left, and Nancy Dinerstein at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Carol Sawyer, left, and Nancy Dinerstein at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Carol and Bill Simmons at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala  November 2013
Carol and Bill Simmons at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Carolyn St. Clair, left, and Beverly Wren at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Carolyn St. Clair, left, and Beverly Wren at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Frank Billingsley, left, and Kevin Gilliard at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013.
Frank Billingsley, left, and Kevin Gilliard at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Kim and Dan Tutcher at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Kim and Dan Tutcher at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Susan Boggio, left, and Barabra Van Postman at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Susan Boggio, left, and Barabra Van Postman at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Diane Mattly and Dominic Cellitti at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Diane Mattly and Dominic Cellitti at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Gloria and Frank Meszaros at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Gloria and Frank Meszaros at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Swing dancers at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Swing dancers at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Weezy and Bobby  Dees at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Linda Schmuck, from left, Kim Padgett, Kappy Muenzer and Diane Mattly at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Jana and Scotty Arnoldy at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Andy Cordes, from left, Brian Teichman and Bubba McNeely at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Carol Sawyer, left, and Nancy Dinerstein at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Carol and Bill Simmons at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala  November 2013
Carolyn St. Clair, left, and Beverly Wren at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Frank Billingsley, left, and Kevin Gilliard at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013.
Kim and Dan Tutcher at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Susan Boggio, left, and Barabra Van Postman at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Diane Mattly and Dominic Cellitti at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Gloria and Frank Meszaros at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013
Swing dancers at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2013

Having landed in Houston less than a year ago as Saks Fifth Avenue GM, Bobby Dees made his official mark in Houston Saturday night when he and his pooch, Tony, took top honors at Citizens for Animal Protection's annual "Celebrity Paws Gala," held at the Hilton-Americas Houston.

Dees and Tony were one of nine entries in the competition that features pets and their owners in striking vignettes. Each year, the top dog award goes to the canine receiving the most "votes," as in dollars raised.

Entering their pooches in the Celebrity Pet of the Year race and presented as honorees were Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Frank Billingsley and Kevin Gilliard, Dominic Cellitti, Patricia Cornelius,  Lauren Haize, Michelle Maresh, Shelley Reeves and Dr. Angela Sturm. Adding a youthful note to the proceedings were junior honorees Dylan Michelle Milam, Brooks Andrew Milam and Nikhil Shah.

Chair Diane Mattly and co-chair Kim Padgett welcomed the pet-loving throng of 600 while CAP executive director Kappy Muenzer offered her appreciation for the support.

There were plenty of awards on this evening beginning with the Melcher Humanitarian of the Year Award going to Leslie Alexander and the Houston Rockets. Beverly Wren, Gary Miller and Greg Miller were honored as CAP Cherished Companions. Carol and Bill Simmons received Celebrity Pet Hall of Fame honors.

Pet lovers applauding the contestants and honorees included Weezy Dees, Linda Schmuck and Todd Zucker, Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, Franelle Rogers, Francie and Mike Willis, Veronica and Mike Curran, Vicki and Jack Rizzo, Susan and Dan Boggio and Melena and Mike Moriarty.

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