On Sunday I spent the afternoon photographing the Caregiver Canines 2nd Annual Variety Show in Toms River.
Caregiver Canines is an amazing program that provides in-home visits from therapy dogs (and their humans, of course!)to senior citizens who can no longer have their own pets. Imagine being an animal lover but living in a situation where you can’t make a pet a part of your life. It’ hard to even think about that, isn’t it? And yet, there may be a time when I can’t manage to care for a dog, or where I live in a setting that won’t allow me to keep a canine companion. Now imagine the feeling when a sweet, happy, well-trained therapy dog walks in the door and rests his/her head on your lap. I suspect that such a visit is the highlight of the week for many seniors. It would be for me. I really do appreciate the work these folks do.
The 2nd Annual Variety Show was a fund raiser to support Canine Caregivers and enable them to fulfill their mission. Held at Toms River Intermediate East, the event was hosted by WOBM’s Marianne Levy and her able sidekick Tira Mizu. Acts in the show featured an on-stage demonstration by officers from the Toms River Police Department and a performance by the Prancing Paws Freestyle Club of New Jersey. The highlight of the show, though, was the Fashion Show put on by the Caregiver Canine therapy dogs and their human partners. I was impressed by the terrific costumes and props that the teams displayed. Cat Larson of Larson Ford did a masterful job as emcee – it was like being at Fashion Week in New York! Hundreds of people were in attendance and I am sure no one left disappointed! There were also a large number of vendors sharing their products for dogs and humans alike.
It was a pleasure to be part of such an amazing event. If you would like to learn more about Caregiver Canines click here to see a video that really tells the story of the value of their work. For information about how you can get involved or how to make a donation to support this great organization, click here to see their webpage.