Big Dog in Town

Dog lovers are a breed of their own. We all know someone who is obsessed with her dog: She constantly shows off photos like it’s a kid, smiles adoringly while it rips apart the couch, and dresses the beast up in a tutu and takes it around town. Obviously, that damned dog is loved to the max. Unfortunately, many others are not. We’re not trying to be a downer or anything, but about 2.7 million healthy, adoptable dogs and cats are put down in the United States every year. That’s about one every 11 seconds — it’s pretty freaking bad. A lot of these little guys don’t find homes because of behavioral problems such as high energy, anxiety, and issues with other dogs. That’s exactly what the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, is trying to remedy. The Emmy-nominated animal behaviorist is the most sought-after figure in the field of rehabilitation and training. And he’s coming to South Florida, in the flesh, this weekend. On Saturday, the Cesar Milan Foundation is hosting an Evening of Pawsitive Leadership to benefit Humane Education & Local Broward County Animal Rescue. Since 2007, his foundation has done all it can to promote animal rescue, rehabilitation, humane education programs, and the re-adoption of abused dogs. From 6 to 9 p.m., the event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle, and a live painting by canine artist Brody, the Border Collie. Casual cocktail attire is recommended. The cost to attend is $125 per person, $200 per couple. All proceeds will go directly toward animal-rescue efforts. It takes place at Hawks Landing Clubhouse, located at 500 Hawks Landing Circle in Plantation. Visit
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
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Sara Ventiera