Saturday's gorgeous weather sure did help bring the masses out to Pet Palooza at Independence Park! The largest fundraiser for the Humane Society of Charlotte, Pet Palooza is chock full of fun activities for both dogs and their people...a 2K dog walk, bands, contests, food trucks, a beer garden, vendor fair, microchipping, palm and paw readings, face painting, agility trials, a fido fashion show...the list goes on and on! I'm so glad I got to be a part of this awesome event! As usual, the HSC staff and volunteers worked their bums off to put on a flawless event that raised over $90,000!!! These funds help HSC provide critical services like low-cost spay/neuter, vaccine and microchip clinics, adoptions, and owner/pet training and education. **UPDATE** HSC has now raised over $116,000 and the final numbers are still to come!!!

Here is a recap of the event as well as some of my favorite images from the day's activities. If you'd like to see more, please check out the link HERE.

PetPalooza31The foundation of Pet Palooza is the 2K dog walk. It starts the event off with a bang while taking the participants on a nice stroll around the perimeter of Independence Park. I got to be right in the middle of the action... ;)Humane Society of Charlotte FundraiserCharlotte NC Pet PhotographerCharlotte NC Dog PhotographerCharlotte NC Animal PhotographerCharlotte NC Animal PhotographyCharlotte NC Dog PhotographyCharlotte NC Pet PhotographyNorth Carolina Pet PhotographerHumane Society of Charlotte 2K Dog WalkNorth Carolina Dog PhotographerNorth Carolina Dog PhotographyNorth Carolina Pet PortraitsNorth Carolina Dog PortraitsHSC Pet Palooza 2014Modern Images for Posh PetsModern Pet PhotographerAfter the walk, the festivities began! However, there's always time for a quiet moment to catch your breath and take in the view. Humane Society of Charlotte dog walkPups got to make their own paw portrait artwork or work off the burn from the walk with a massage...Humane Society of Charlotte eventPeople weren't left out either! Face painting, massages, and palm readings were just a few of the things keeping the party going!Pet Palooza Charlotte NCThe Fido Fashion Show quickly got the attention of the crowd as adoptable dogs and HSC alumni strutted their stuff in some divine attire.Doggie Fashion Show Pet PaloozaHumane Society of Charlotte NC Pet PaloozaDoggy Fashion Show Pet PaloozaHumane Society of Charlotte Pet PaloozaAnd what is a festival without great music? Alex Kastanas and gogo Pilot kept the crowd entertained.2014 Pet Palooza PicturesOn the other side of the park, your pup had the opportunity to try out the agility course. Jumps, tunnels, and platforms were just a few of the obstacles the Zoom Room trainers would lead your pup through. PetPalooza29A huge food truck paw-villion kept hunger at bay while a beer/wine garden did the same for thirst. (Don't you just love the dog staring at the beer being poured?!?)2014 Pet Palooza PhotosMy favorite part of the day was just watching people hanging out with their beloved 4-leggers. :)Humane Society of Charlotte Pet Palooza2014 Pet Palooza Charlotte NCPet Palooza Independence ParkHumane Society of Charlotte NC Pet Palooza 20142014 Pet Palooza North CarolinaHSC FundraiserPetPalooza30PetPalooza37PetPalooza32PetPalooza33Not to be forgotten, there were a few epic contests including some great entries for best trick...PetPalooza35PetPalooza36PetPalooza34

Needless to say, Pet Palooza knocked my socks off and I want to thank HSC for inviting me out. I also want to thank all off the great sponsors, vendors, people and dogs that made the event possible.

Again, if you'd like to see more pictures from the event, you may do so HERE.

Thank you and I hope to see everyone again next year!

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