9TH ANNUAL “DOGTOPIA CHARITY DOG WASH” BENEFITS LOCAL SERVICE K-9’s HELPING VETERANS LIVING WITH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES
Nashville Dog Owners and Lovers Invited to Suds Up Furry Family Members for Charity!
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Internationally syndicated cartoonist and writer, Guy Gilchrist, known around the world as the person who has given “life” to Nancy, Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi in the comic strip “Nancy,” will serve as honorary “host” for the event
On Sunday July 21, Dogtopia, a national dog day care franchise, will host its 9th Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit service dogs who work year-round. From East coast to West coast (all 29 stores including Nashville), will participate in the nationwide event to raise money for Veterans Moving Forward, a not-for-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans with physical and mental challenges -- enhancing their quality of life, helping with healing/recovery and often providing a new outlook on life. Nashville’s dog owners are invited to bring their dog(s) in for a bath given by Dogtopia’s trained team members and volunteers. The event will feature giveaways, food, photo booths, fun and games for the whole family. A $15 per dog wash donation is requested. Dogtopia has set out to raise $30,000 for service dogs helping veterans across the United States.
Internationally syndicated cartoonist and writer, Guy Gilchrist, known around the world as the person who has given “life” to Nancy, Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi in the comic strip “Nancy,” will serve as honorary “host” for the event giving the first official bath of the day to one of his dogs, Lucy. Gilchrist is a true animal lover and dedicates a large amount of charity time to animal causes such as rescue and service dog support.
In addition to Gilchrist’s creative talents with Nancy, he is a published author, songwriter, twice a winner of the Reuben Award (Best Illustrator) and co-creator of The Muppet Babies. His work is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute. He is also known for his work on many cartoons. Some of these are The Muppets, The Pink Panther, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny.
Guy Gilchrist lives in Middle Tennessee (Gallatin, Sumner County). He has three children, Lauren, Garrett, and Julia and one grandchild, Amber Rose. He also has a fiancé, Teresa, who has three children, Haley, Kelsea and Kaitlin. And Gilchrist has two “furry children” who are both rescued dogs. They are Keeper and Lucy.
It’s more important than ever to give back to local working dogs in our communities since funding continues to be cut. Public support and awareness is vital to helping Veterans Moving Forward continue to train therapy and service dogs to assist veterans across the full spectrum of needs, including Comfort Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Facility Dogs and Assistance Service Dogs. Veterans Moving Forward’s service dog training program and its disciplined cadre of volunteer therapy dog teams meet veterans where veterans are in need: military and veteran hospitals, rehabilitation centers and with private clinicians. Log onto vetsfwd.org to learn more.
More About Dogtopia:
Dogtopia prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and dogs enjoy playtime, spa treatments, and overnight stays in a positive environment. Dogtopia does not breed discriminate and welcomes social dogs of all ages, sizes, and abilities. The company is committed and passionate about its charitable efforts to support working dogs. The first Dogtopia Dog Wash fundraiser was held in July of 2005 at a Dogtopia location in Vienna, VA with the goal of generating support for military dogs and their handlers overseas. The event attracted national attention and its success led to the founding of Dogtopia’s charitable arm, K-9 support, Inc. to support working dogs of all kinds. For more information on Dogtopia and K-9 Support, Inc. log onto www.dogdaycare.com and www.k9support.org