Red Carpet Treatment
It was a beautiful autumn morning when
a fleet of black limousines pulled up in front of Madame
Tussaud’s wax museum in New York City. As each car stopped,
the chauffeur would step out and open the rear door. One
by one, a handler and a dog would step out and pause.
Together, they walked the red carpet across the pavement
into the wax museum, smiling towards the assembled reporters
and camera crews.
volunteer Linda Walter was amongst the eagerly awaiting
crowd, camera poised to record that moment when the limo
door opened and GRRI foster dog, Scarlett, and her foster
mom, Terry Messinger, made their debut.
Indoors, volunteers Eileen and Drew
McFadden manned the rescue table and mingled with the crowd,
answering questions and handing out literature about GRRI.
was a noticeable tension in the air; excitement was
building. Rumors were spreading that Lassie was coming, as
well as Bullseye’s female companion, Lady Jo-Jo, a striking
white Standard Poodle. As with most rumors, it turned out
to be true, and each magnificent dog had it’s own moment of
fame as it walked down the runway.
one last limo arrived. A pair of Rottweilers, dressed in
black coats bearing the word “security”, assumed their
positions at the beginning of the carpet.
The car door opened and out stepped the
guest of honor – Bullseye, a white Staffordshire Terrier,
the mascot of Target Corporation. (Since inquiring
minds wanted to know about the red circle surrounding Bulleye’s eye, his handler confirmed that it is a harmless
red vegetable dye that is carefully applied prior to each
inside the lobby of the museum, preparations were underway
to unveil the latest addition to the wax museum. The rescue
dogs and their handlers formed a semi circle in front of a
draped area. Bullseye was led behind the curtain, and the
curtain parted to reveal a life-sized replica of Bullseye –
sitting next to the “real” Bullseye! Cameras flashed as the
two dogs sat, side-by-side, neither moving. Lassie – never
one to pass up a photo op – joined them. Bullseye was
introduced as the first animal addition to the wax museum.
Each of the rescue
groups were also invited for photos
After the unveiling, the dogs were led
to a canine “bar” where water bowls were arranged
identified by place cards and decorated specially for them. Scarlett received a beautiful bowl decorated with scarlet
silk roses. There were two buffet tables laden with
goodies. Beautifully decorated dog biscuits for the canine
participants, and a separate table laden with delicious
cookies decorated in a canine theme for the human
attendees. Finger sandwiches, cut in the shape of dog
bones, soft drinks and coffee were also served.
This truly was a first class event and
GRRI was thrilled to be part of it. At the conclusion of
the event Target announced that each of the participating
rescue groups would receive a $1,000 check payable to their
organization from The Target Corporation! GRRI is so
grateful for the opportunity to attend such a wonderful
event and for the extremely generous donation from Target.