Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'Tis the season for a holiday portrait with your hound

'Tis the season for giving and with so many worthy causes, it's difficult to choose. Why not combine your love of animals with a holiday portrait of your favorite four-legged pal? Here are some upcoming dog-friendly holiday events to shop, play, mix, mingle, get a holiday portrait and give back -- all at the same time!

Pet Photos with Santa at Dooley's Dog House, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1421 Market St., Kirkland. Bring your companion(s) in for a holiday photo and lots of fun. Photos are $20 with half of the proceeds going to Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Call Dooley's Dog House at 425-889-2200 for more information or to reserve your pet's sitting with Santa.

Holiday Passport to 2200, Dec. 5, 6 and 7, noon-6 p.m., South Lake Union. Come celebrate the holidays with your pooch in South Lake Union. Benefitting the Seattle Humane Society, the shops at 2200 will come alive with festive holiday music, tasty food and beverage samples, and holiday-themed photos for pets and their people with renowned Seattle pet photographer Bev Sparks (noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Several pets will be available for on-the-spot adoption. Get your 2200 holiday passport stamped for the chance to win great prizes. Visit discoverslu.com for more information.

Holiday Portraits at Lucky Dog Outfitters, Dec. 7, Tacoma. Do you have some animal lovers to check off your holiday shopping list? Swing by Lucky Dog Outfitters (3411 Sixth Ave., # B, Tacoma) for some gift buying, and bring your four-legged friend along for a photo with Seattle pet photographer J. Nichole Smith. For more information, call Lucky Dog Outfitters at 253-761-4486.

CityDog Magazine Yappy Howlidays Party, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. CityDog's much-anticipated, annual holiday party is right around the corner and you and your four-legged friends are invited to join the festivities at the W Hotel Seattle (1112 Fourth Ave.) for cocktails, holiday treats and pet portraits with Seattle pet photographer J. Nichole Smith of Dane + Dane Studios. For more info, visit yappyhowlidays.com.

Holiday Portraits at Next to Nature, Dec. 13, West Seattle (4543 California Ave. S.W.). Stop in at Next to Nature in the West Seattle Junction to pick up some toys and treats and a holiday photo with photographer J. Nichole Smith. Photo packages vary in price, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to help animals. For more information, call Next to Nature at 206-935-1134.

Photo by J. Nichole Smith, Dane + Dane Studios

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