The Palms held their fifth annual ‘Dog Daze of Summer’ event on Thursday, Aug. 9. This fun event was open to all dogs in the community, their owners as well as dog-loving friends and families.

“We want to bring the community into our lovely residence, “said Julia Mercer, marketing director at The Palms. “Our residents love to show off their home. This year we’re doing something different with hosting our doggie fashion show, complete with a red carpet runway and trophies for participants.”

Comfortable chairs lined the sides of the red carpet walk and were filled with people anxiously awaiting the start of the show. Doggie parents and friends showed off their BFFs (best furry friends) in their finest attire. Adele Dornheim, with The Palms, was the announcer.

“Here comes Molly,” said Dornheim. “She really enjoys running around, likes going to the Vet and loves to chew on socks!”

“Lovely Libby is very friendly, but doesn’t like the vet. She always barks at the nurses here at The Palms.”

Libby lives at The Palms with her mom Grace Nevills. “She is so sweet. Libby is 11 and her coloring is very unique for a dachshund.”

“Here comes handsome Loki with his dad. Loki lives here at The Palms too. He listens well and is very friendly,” said Dornheim.

Patricia Sholtz stole the show as she brought four dogs with her. Sasha, Mimi, Pooch and Sir Charles are family dogs. All were very well behaved as they pranced down the carpet.

“We also have a huge pet donation box we are going to present to the Highlands County Humane Society,” said Mercer. “The items are from the residents, staff and community.”

The goodies were presented by Mercer and Dornheim (with The Palms) and accepted by Susan Stevens and Susan Staffieri (on the board of directors with the Humane Society).

Entertainment was by Jimmy Duke. He played the keyboard and led the guests in a spirited rendition of, “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” A few barks and woofs said the dogs enjoyed it too.

Four generations of one family of dog lovers gathered to enjoy the show. Karen Wilson (great-grandmother), Margaret Shipman (grandmother), Amy Cox (mother) and Ivy Cox (young daughter), were having a great time visiting and watching the fashion show.

The Palms had plenty of treats for all, courtesy of Chef Mac. Bratwurst and hot dogs with all the “barking good fixins,” cookies (for people and their dogs) and beverages were all available for guests to enjoy.


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