Tinkerbell always tries to steal the show.
A lightweight at 5 pounds, the chihuahua, miniature pinscher mix was trying to get people’s attention well before a dog fashion show Sunday.
Tinkerbell was 1 of 12 dogs that was styled and profiled during the Strike a Paws fashion show in front of about 50 people in the State College Veterans of Foreign Wars banquet hall. The event was put together by Penn State students to benefit the Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation of Pennsylvania.
We could have never done this ourselves. I can’t say enough about how great they’ve been.
Deidre Yingling, AARF PA president
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Dawn and Michael Quinn showed off Tinkerbell in her winter coat and gave Zarina, their Lab, miniature pinscher mix dressed as Santa, a shot on the catwalk, too.
Quinn, a teacher at the university, heard about the event from students.
“We have coats and clothes,” Dawn Quinn said. “We dress them all the time in costumes, but this is the first time we’ve done this. The dogs love it, and the owners get to show off their dogs. I think it’s fun for everyone.”
Robert Hare Jr., the uncle of one of the students who coordinated the event, brought his family and two dogs with him.
Roscoe, a beagle, wore a Redskins jersey. And Loo, a German pointer, wore a Shikellamy High School jersey.
“I’ve never heard of anything like it,” Hare Jr., of Sunbury, said. “We already had the jerseys, the Redskins because they’re my favorite team and Shikellamy is where my nephew plays high school football. Loo is wearing his third-grade jersey.”
The event also helped AARF PA spread publicity.
The foundation was launched in January.
“We have a lot of ideas to do a lot of things, but we’re so small,” AARF PA President Deidre Yingling said. “There’s only five or six of us, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do on our own. I have all these grand ideas, but when you’re small you can’t pull these kinds of things off.”
AARF PA volunteers, though they usually put together fundraisers, took a backseat to Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management’s advanced meetings and events class
“When I saw in the ‘Penn State Today’ (email) that this class was doing this, I wanted to find out if they’d help us,” Yingling said. “I sent an email the week they voted what they’d do, and they picked us. As an event planner, it’s hard for me to not be involved.”
She soon learned that she didn’t have to be.
“I’ve met with them and talked with them, and they’ve got it,” she said. “Everything they’ve done is all under control and we don’t have to anything with that. We just show up, volunteer and do what they ask us to do. We could have never done this ourselves. I can’t say enough about how great they’ve been.”