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Deb Collins

Deb is a New Zealander, aka Kiwi, who lives in Maine with her husband, Mike, and her happy-go-wiggly Labrador Retriever, Ted. In 2011, Deb launched her own online business. HappyME, to celebrate happy Maine stuff and exploring Vacationland with your dog. Deb will be blogging about everything dog and sniffing out fun things to do with your wag. More at | On Facebook at | Follow on Twitter @happyMEstuff

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The Maine Wag with Deb Collins
Posted: July 31, 2014

Wags and toasts all around at Martinis For Mutts annual dog-friendly fundraiser

The 2nd Annual Martinis for Mutts event fundraiser for Animal Refuge League at The Portland Regency Hotel on Wednesday night was a howling success. Over $4,000 was raised for Animal Refuge League, and there was a surprise announcement.

Several hours before The Martinis For Mutts event began, eager dog-centric people were sniffing around trying to get their paws on the last tickets to this woof-rated sell-out event.This was indeed a high-tail affair; guests pulled up to the hotel valet car-service and then proceeded down the green carpet, laid out especially for the V.I.D. guests. There was a lot of sniff and tail action as the wagging guests checked out the other four-paw talent and posed for the pupparazzi.

Two-legged guests sipped Twenty Two Vodka Cucumber Lemongrass Muttinis and were served a smorgasbord of appetizers while their four-paw dates nibbled on treats, including sumptuous Martini-shaped dog cookies from Gourmutt Beastro and Barkery. My Ted happily wiggled his way around the event with his Dad while I snapped as many photos as I could of this stupendous yappy hour Animal Refuge League fundraising occasion, where every guest was grinning from ear to furry ear.

In addition to canine antics and general happy hour fun, people had a chance to enter the fundraising raffle for some pretty hot prizes donated from local businesses. The grand prize was a stay and spa package at the Portland Regency Hotel; other top notch prizes were donated from Inn By The Sea, Black Point Inn, Maine Forest Yurts, Fish and Bone, Harvest on the Harbor, Portland Discovery, The Bark BusWild Blueberries along with HappyME vacationland gear from my Maine business.

Hotel General Manager David Tumulevich announced at the end of the evening amidst whoops and woofs of joy that The Portland Regency will now be welcoming dogs as hotel guests.

If you like keeping your paw on the pulse of dog-friendly Maine, check out my previous dog-centric posts on “The Maine Wag” and stay tuned every Thursday.


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