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Celebrity pets take over a Houston hotel ballroom — and cowboy up: This party's gone to the dogs

Celebrity pets take over swank Houston hotel ballroom — and cowboy up

Regina Valdes with Luna, from left, and Alexa Biendis with Fendi at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Regina Valdes with Luna, from left, and Alexa Biendis with Fendi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Wezy and Bobby Dees, from left, with Sylvia Forsythe at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Chairs Wezy and Bobby Dees, left, with Sylvia Forsythe. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tony Bradfield, left, and Kevin Black with Jackson at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November
Tony Bradfield, left, and Kevin Black with Jackson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Paul and Penny Loyd with Talullah at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Paul and Penny Loyd with big winner Talullah. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Laura McIngvale Brown with Paris and Sarah at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Laura McIngvale Brown with Paris and Sarah. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Robert Fedrowicz with Harold at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Robert Fedrowicz with Harold. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Roper and Texas Cutie at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Roper and Western Cutie from J&D Enertainment. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jim McIngvale, from left, Kappy Muenzer and Francie and Mike Willis at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Jim McIngvale, from left, Kappy Muenzer and Francie and Mike Willis. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gloria and Frank Meszaros at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Gloria and Frank Meszaros. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Edward and Rini Ziegler with Winston at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Edward and Rini Ziegler with Winston. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cyndy and Thomas Roberts with Lexi at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts with Lexi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bruce Padilla, from left, Elizabeth Stein, Shelby Kibodeaux and Laura Stein at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Bruce Padilla, from left, Elizabeth Stein, Shelby Kibodeaux and Laura Stein. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Brenda Love and Ed Jones at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Brenda Love and Ed Jones. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Amy Robinette and Hal Martin at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Amy Robinette and Hal Martin. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Andy Cordes, left, and Brian Teichman at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Andy Cordes, left, and Brian Teichman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Regina Valdes with Luna, from left, and Alexa Biendis with Fendi at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Wezy and Bobby Dees, from left, with Sylvia Forsythe at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Tony Bradfield, left, and Kevin Black with Jackson at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November
Paul and Penny Loyd with Talullah at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Laura McIngvale Brown with Paris and Sarah at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Robert Fedrowicz with Harold at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Roper and Texas Cutie at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Jim McIngvale, from left, Kappy Muenzer and Francie and Mike Willis at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Gloria and Frank Meszaros at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Edward and Rini Ziegler with Winston at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Cyndy and Thomas Roberts with Lexi at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Bruce Padilla, from left, Elizabeth Stein, Shelby Kibodeaux and Laura Stein at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Brenda Love and Ed Jones at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Amy Robinette and Hal Martin at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014
Andy Cordes, left, and Brian Teichman at the Citizens for Animal Protection Gala November 2014

Citizens for Animal Protection's 28th annual Celebrity Paws Gala took a western spin around the Royal Sonesta Hotel ballroom with its "Paws Across Texas" theme. So-called Western Cuties (a la Kilgore Rangerettes in pink), a trick roper and a living statue cowboy delivered the necessary ambiance.

Who better to chair this animal-friendly event, complete with a Celebrity Pet of the Year competition, than Wezy and Bobby Dees, Saks Fifth Avenue GM? They own 11 dogs. The couple welcomed more than 600 animal enthusiasts to the event that featured pet honorees in a western town setting complete with a general store and a saloon. 

Kudos were flowing for A Memorable Event, led by Linda McIngvale who did the decor that included massive floral centerpieces in the shape of cats and dogs. In an odd bit of serendipity, Liz McIngvale won the raffle of the Subaru, donated by West Houston Subaru's Gloria and Frank Meszaros, who were winners of the Melcher Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Taking home top honors as Celebrity Pet of Year for bringing the most votes and money for CAP was Talullah, belonging to Penny and Paul Loyd.

Also competing for honors were Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black, Irma Brindis represented by Alexis Brindis and Regina Gutierrez, Cheryl and Sam Byington, Robert Federowicz, Laura McIngvale Brown, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Rini Ziegler.

Emcee Deborah Duncan kept the energy flowing and introducing additional honorees — Liz and Pete Carragher named CAP Cherished Companions and Elizabeth Stein, Laura Stein, Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux named to the Celebrity Paws Hall of Fame.

The western-clad party crowd included honorary chairs Donna and Bob Bruni, Linda Schmuck and Todd Zucker, Linda and Jim McIngvale, Francie and Mike Willis, Sylvia Forsythe, Andy Cordes and Brian Teichman, Patricia and Sig Cornelius and CAP executive director Kappy Muenzer.

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