Dogs take over the catwalk

Dogs on the catwalk might sound
like a rather uncomfortable manifestation of inter-species rivalry, but it was
the highlight of the Cayman Islands Humane Society’s annual Dinner and Fashion

The event, which took place on
Friday, 22 October in the Grand Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, was
sold out weeks in advance, once again proving that the welfare of Cayman’s
unwanted and stray animals is a matter very close to the hearts of the local
community. The evening featured a fashion show by some of dogs resident at the
shelter, including some of the star pupils of the beach classes presented by
Cayman’s own Dog Whisperer, Kenneth Morgan.

Sammy Jo, a dog its owners had
given up on as it was too troublesome, also showed what a lot of love and a bit
of training can accomplish. In fact, Sammy Jo responded so well to the training
that Mr. Morgan adopted her and she now helps him demonstrate how dogs can
change. This was followed by a fashion show with human models, who were
definitely not dogs, displaying some of the dresses that were up for sale on
the evening, donated by local businesses.

The master of ceremonies for the
evening was Vicki Wheaton, who kept the audience in stitches with her running
commentary on the models and their outfits.

The staff at the Ritz-Carlton also
pulled out all the stops to make the event a success, even creating special
shortcake biscuits in the shape of doggie bones as part of dessert.

The event organiser, Pamela Hart,
said she was overwhelmed by the response of the community as well as the
generosity of the attendees when it came to buying tickets for the raffle as
well as bidding in the silent auction.

The first prize in the raffle was a
white gold and diamond necklace donated by Diamonds International, the lead
sponsor of the event.

Ms Hart, who has been fundraising
chair of the Humane Society for the past 12 years, said the response to the
event was amazing.

“It has been very positive. From
all reports people really enjoyed the event,” she said.

Of course, the hope is that some of
the dogs who take to the catwalk on the evening will find new homes based on
their on-stage performance.

“Interest has been expressed in
three of the animals and I believe one has already gone home,” said Carolyn
Parker, president of the Humane Society.

According to initial estimates, the
event raised around $50,000 for the Humane Society, which will go a long way
toward helping the organisation take care of Cayman’s stray and abandoned pets.


Sammy Jo and Kenneth Morgan showed what a lot of love and training can accomplish.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys