Valentine’s Day is Coming, and it Makes Me Want to Make Out with My Dog

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2008/01/helen-and-ganymede-thumb.jpg Yes, I’m one of those. Despite the fact that it disgusts people like my mom and fiance, I make out with animals. No, not in a way that could get me arrested or ruin my life, but rather in the sense that I have a very hard time not (heavy) petting every dog I meet on the street, and I can’t stay away from the Amanda Foundation. Once, in elementary school, I kissed a calf on the nose, and my mom freaked out and told me I was going to get lockjaw. Despite ensuing nightmares to that effect, I was not put off of cows, horses, mules, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, turtles, llamas, lizards, and any number of other creatures with whom I enjoy canoodling. My dog of over a decade, whose name is tattooed across my ribs, has given me more comfort over the years than many of the friends who have come and gone. Whether single or involved, miserable or happy, he is always there to remind me that I’m not alone, that life is fun, and that every day offers a new beginning. Who can argue with that? I’m in love! That’s why for Valentine’s this year (yep, it’s approaching fast), I suggest you join me for a martini on behalf of all the doggies who…

…don’t have owners so devoted that they’ll get their pups’ names tattooed across their ribs (yet).

The Amanda Foundation is hosting a Valentine’s fundraiser on Sunday, February 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Lola’s on Fairfax. $40 gets you special “heartbreaker martinis,” as well as wine, soft drinks, and scrumptious tasties from Lola’s kitchen. Not only that, but there will be a raffle, a silent auction with all kinds of great stuff, and the best part: proceeds benefit the foundation.

So, let’s review: for $40 you get a nice buzz, some food in your belly, the chance to mingle with other do-gooders, the possibility of meeting that “special someone” (assuming you’re not already off the market), and the deep satisfaction of knowing that you’ve saved a life. Sounds like a frickin’ deal to me.

But then again, I make out with animals.

The official invite:
The Amanda Foundation invites you to celebrate the one love that will never let you down: the one you share with your furry pal!

Martini Madness!!!
Sunday, February 10, 2008 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at
LOLA’S RESTAURANT
945 North Fairfax Avenue, Hollywood 90046
Valet parking is available.

Find the perfect gift at our silent auction, lounge by the pool (table that is), take a chance on our “Ruff Raffle” AND enjoy “HEARTBREAKER MARTINIS” included with your admission! (Wine, and soft drinks are also offered.) Complemented by scrumptious tasties from Lola’s fabulous kitchen!

All this for just $40! And to think you can help save a dog or cat’s life and have fun at the same time —
RSVP: 310-550-0101 from 9 am to 6 pm after 6pm call 310-278-2935
www.amandafoundation.org

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE TO OUR SILENT AUCTION?
Here are just a few suggestions: pet items, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, spa/salon gift certificates, gift baskets, gift items, celebrity and sports memorabilia, art, pet services, etc.

4 Replies to “Valentine’s Day is Coming, and it Makes Me Want to Make Out with My Dog”

  1. I enjoy your postings, thank you. But your one today, for the first time made me have to respond to you. My dog, Sage gives me unconditional love, she has really been there for me especially this past challenging year. Her 10th birthday is 2/15. She is my heart (valentine). I used to wear a tee that said “the more people I meet, the more I love my dog.” Also: spell DOG backwards.

  2. My dog Zion, He was a shelty and I lived with him for over 15 years ever since I found him lost in the woods in Zion National Park, Utah. I even brought him with me to Japan when I had to move here, and now his gone because of an old age. It’s been 9 years since he passed away but it still hurts bigtime. People including my wife tell me to get another dog. I’m thinking about going to one of the shelter around here and save one dog like I did in the woods of Zion national park, but I don’t know if I can take it anymore.

  3. JDS: Have you ever volunteered for a shelter like Amanda? There are a handful of them around Los Angeles. You can just drop in whenever, take dogs for walks, give them some love. It’s surprisingly fulfilling, and might be a good transition for you. Bring your wife to Lola’s on Feb. 10, toast to Zion’s memory, and find out about becoming a volunteer!

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