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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: September 29, 2014

Purrfect Day at Paws in the Park

The 17th Annual Paws in The Park for Animal Refuge League was a fundraising field day of happy tails, which felt like the dog days of summer. Our Maine Wag pupparazzi photo slider has 24 photos of the day’s happy vibe. One of the adoptable dogs might just win your heart.

Discover 297 fantastic furry photos of the day’s doggie antics, taken by Joanne Minor of Minor Moments Photography.

On the last Sunday in September, Paws in the Park, the dog-friendly Maine annual fundraiser kicked off with mesmerizing harmonies from Pretty Girls Sing Soprano and a 4-paw parade on the trails that abut Westbrook Middle School and Animal Refuge League’s rescue facility.

The Fall foliage was starting to show but Mother Nature hadn’t got the Fall memo with temperatures soaring into the 80s. Paraders got a chance to sniff out the existing Animal Refuge League campus landscape and hear about the pending new construction of the planned state of the art 25,000 square foot facility, which is being funded by the Future Fund Campaign. To date, 4.3 million has been raised for this much needed animal rescue haven with a 6.5 million campaign goal.

The event was emceed by Erin Ovalle from WMTW and her faithful stage pal, Baxter. The Emcee duo demonstrated their own harmonizing howl-off routine. Parade time was followed by meet and greets with fellow animal loving sponsors and the opportunity to fall in love with a new best friend from one of the many participating rescue groups. High speed agility action and playful dog-centric competitions kept everyone entertained. By the end of the day, tongues were hanging out and some lucky pups had found love and happily-ever-after homes. All in all, $20,000 was raised to help Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland with their furry good mission which is certainly something to wag about.

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