By Woofie Sweet-thing
All photos taken by Bob Shaughnessy, founder of the pup scouts and PawVogue, the first pet fashion portal to unit pet fashion fans with their designers and the latest fashion trends.
by Woofie Sweet-thing & Elmore Buttercup Bear
Fifteen NYC Fashionista Pup Scouts came to Meeka’s Pool Pawty to earn their swimming badges.
Bella Mia on her floatie.
On a bright and sunny Saturday in July, DPFamily Pupscout Troop #4, featured on “Spoiled Rotten Pets”, NatGeoWild, April 20, 2013, gathered for a day of poolside fun as they earned their next badge.
Me ‘n Bear wished we were there. Some of the dogs arrived in fashionable poolside attire, some came in their pup scout uniforms. All had a big adventure. The moms and dads did, too.
Belle Mia had fun flirting and playing off leash. All the boys loved her. She had the prettiest pink mani-pedi! Oh boy, it made me spin! She told us all about the pup scouts. “We’re Pup scouts!” she said, “Dat’s kind’a like girl scouts and boy scouts, but wiff pups! We like to earn badges and attend Fundwaisers and stuff wike dat, to waise money for da dog who need help. We have a pwedge: On my honor, I will twy to do my duty, to help the dog community and my countwy, to help make humans smile, and to be there to guard and protect, especially those at home.”
Pup Scout Troop #4 in their uniforms. Cuba is the pack leader.
Me ‘n Bear saw the pictures on Mom’s Facebook page and we begged and pleaded for her to let us be pup scouts, too. We even promised to never pee on the carpet again if she said yes. And she did! She even said we can start a troop of our own — yaaaaaaay! That’s if we can find enough LA dogs who want to join is. You can be a pup scout, too. Just click here to go to The Pup Scout facebook page for more information, or you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, back to the fun pawty, ’cause you know I love pawties! Puccini the amazing yorkie-poo was sporting cute swim trunks designed by Dawn Deisler. The girls spun in circles when they saw him! They were stylish big-boy trunks and they were hanging off his booty like homey trunks! “It was so cool! My first pool party ‘n I swam like a pro!! Who knew a city dog could do dat. Made me feel real big!” said the cute yorkie-poo.
Puccini Earning his badge.
Gia Maria was fearless and an excellent swimmer. “All the Moms was screaming in very shrill voices and then almost in tears. I wonder what the neighbors thought was going on at that pool — he-he! The screams were very loud and my Dad was laughing so hard, it was difficult to hold the camera,” said Gia.
Fofa was a perfect swimmer and her Mom came in first or 2nd place for loudest scream. I think the Mom’s deserve a badge too. “I can’t believe this is my little girl swimming! Thank you so much, priceless!!! So cute!! Looks like an old pro at swimming!” said Fofa’s mom, Catia.
Me and Bear are especially proud of Chappy. He’s a senior dog, and seniors so many times get discounted. Even being old and having recently had surgery, he still earned his swimming badge. 4 Paws for Chappy! “Congrawtulations Chappy and I weally liked pwaying wiff you,” said the flirty little Bella Mia.
Chappy earning his swimming badge.
Word was that Toby Waffles enjoyed the pool the most. He was even wagging his tail when he was swimming. What a champ! “I twink Toby Waffles is wery handsome and we had so much fun pwaying together.” It seems Bella Mia likes all the boys. Me ‘n Bear wish she lived near us. She looked sweet as sugar sitting on her little floatie! “My Mommy says too much sun will give me winkles” giggled the pretty little girl, looking gorgeous in her Orostani Couture Swimwear. Bella Mia was last to earn her swimming badge, but she looked like she is ready for the Olympics when she paddled across the pool.
Cuba America’s Top Dog leads the troop. “Yes, we BOYS were stylin’, too!” said Cuba from the diving board as he watched over his many friends. “I dove in last year. I was shocked to know my head would go under water.”
Me ‘n Bear think Cuba is real cool and we wanna be like him someday. He’s a six year old Havanese who lives in Manhattan. He’s a celebrity in the dog world, known for his many awards and titles. “America’s Top Dog” “NYC Top Dog”, “Top 10 Dogs on Facebook”, “Best Dressed Male Dog” and he AND his Dad have their own Pet Life Radio Show, ‘PawVogue with Cuba America’s Top Dog” AND they are the founders of the two web sites, PawVogue and DPFamily. His girlfriend’s name is Tasha. They met in puppy school. You can read all about their love life on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/CubaTasha
Fofo & Toby Waffles Cho earning their badges.
Cuba’s dad, Bob Shaughnessy, took all the pictures. He’s an amazing photographer! And he also is the brainchild behind PawVogue, the first — and best — fashion web portal for us posh pops. Mom wants to join them. She’s a designer, too. Mostly she’s a writer. She does the designing just for us dogs, to bring awareness to the plight of rescue dogs and to generally celebrate all things dog. She’s gonna use her writing to do that, too.
Tuffy and Gia’s Dad at the end of the day.
The day ended with a lot of pooped parents and pups, filled with a lot of fine memories and achievements. It makes me and Bear real happy to know that pup scouts exists. We were rescue dogs — on the table, about to get the needle. Now we get to wear cool outfits and help our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Here is a real sad fact. Only half of is dogs that get in the shelter ever make it out. Why do they call it a shelter? We hope, that as pup scouts, we can show the world how special us dogs are, and that even a rescue can be a posh pup who is special and changes the world, or at least changes one world, yours.
Gia Marie earning her swimming badge.
Cuba working on his hamburger badge.
The dogs line up to watch adult swim!