Everything went to the dogs at Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park Brunch to benefit the park

Story and photos by DIANNE RUSSELL

Dogs, large and small, were center stage at the Friends of the Laguna Beach Dog Park Brunch held at Seven7Seven on Sunday. Attendees, both human and furry, enjoyed the beautiful setting, delicious food, and seeing some of their buddies from the dog park.

There were also a number of great silent auction items up for bid, and everyone took full advantage.

And as usual, most everyone knew the dogs’ names, but not always the names of their owners.

City Council candidates Lorene Laguna and Paul Merritt were on hand for the festivities.

Everything went Porter

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Porter is wondering why his mom is eating brunch, and he’s not

Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park (FLBDP) is a California nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Laguna Beach Dog Park, which is owned, operated and maintained by the City of Laguna Beach.

Everything went band

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Dogs and attendees enjoyed music

FLBDP was formed in June 2005 when a group of loyal dog park patrons became concerned about the City’s consideration of taking the northern portion of the dog park for use as a skate park. “We saw that dog park lovers needed a common voice to air our concerns before the City Council and keep the dog park’s ‘pawprint’ intact. Our efforts were rewarded in February 2006 when the City Council removed the dog park from consideration as a skate park location. The experience of nearly losing a portion of our park taught us that the dog park needs advocates.”

Everything went Doggie Bones

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Doggie Bonez is a volunteer dog rescue

Again this year, Doggie Bonez brought a few dogs up for adoption. Last year, every single dog they brought found a new home, but unfortunately, this year, the dogs weren’t so lucky. Please go to their website and view the dogs. 

Doggie Bonez is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no kill, volunteer dog rescue organization. They are dedicated to rescuing dogs that are left homeless and abandoned. They rescue dogs from high kill shelters, backyard breeders, hoarding situations, neglect, abandonment and much more. They take in all dogs regardless of their age, temperament and physical needs.

Everything went Levi

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Brunch attendee Levi enjoys getting around in style in camouflage-decorated cart

FLBDP says, “Our ongoing mission is to maintain the integrity of the dog park and help the City understand how much it is valued by the community so that it remains a resource for years to come; to work with the City to make improvements to the park based on the needs and suggestions of its patrons; and to facilitate communications between park patrons and the City whenever any particular concerns need to be addressed.”

And they have done a wonderful job. Laguna’s dog park is the best I’ve seen.

For more information on Friends of the Dog Park, go to www.lagunabeachdogpark.com.

For more information about Doggie Bonez, go to www.doggiebonez.com.