Pilot story and photos by Andrea Barkan
Hot dogs ruled at the Brookings Harbor Shopping Center Oct. 18 both in edible and adoptable form.
The first Pets for People event raised money for the South Coast Humane Society with auctions, a raffle and $1 hot dogs.
Live music, an adoptable dog show with dogs from the local shelter and obedience demonstrations rounded out the day-long event.
Humane Society officials said 150 to 250 people attended between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Bundy Green, a South Coast Humane Society member, said the $1 hot dog and canned soda combo generated $250 for the society.
Shop Smart donated the food, Green said.
Dog trainer Kevin Roeckl, who has trained Brookings dogs for three years, did obedience demonstrations at 11 a.m.
"I always try to support the humane society," Roeckl said. "The more people see well-trained, well-behaved dogs, the more they are likely to adopt a dog," he said.
About six shelter dogs were brought to the event.
They included Shasta, a husky/Alaskan malamute mix and Barbars, part Labrador retriever.
None of the shelter cats and only a selection of dogs could come to the event.
"Some of them are too nervous," Suzy Smith, humane society vice president, said. "It's just too hard on them to bring them into a situation like this," she said.
Bob Leach, owner of Puppy Love Pet Supplies and Grooming, was there giving grooming tips.
Leach offers a free bath to any dog that has just been adopted.
He also grooms recent shelter additions that are in scruffy condition to make them more adoptable, he said.
Traveling auctioneer Rick Lepage loaned his services to the humane society Saturday.
He has been an auctioneer at charitable events for eight years, he said.
"When I was a kid I used to walk around the house singing the auctioneer song," Lepage said.
He has traveled through 46 states in the last 30 years.
"Any town I go to I offer my free services to charities," he said.
Marie Kirk, one of the event coordinators, said she was pleased with turnout given the gloomy weather and the fact that this was the first event of its kind.
"People have been very generous," Kirk said.
Many people brought their dogs to the event, including Pat Malone and her Yorkshire terrier Christopher.
"I think it's wonderful," Malone said of the event. "People will help if they understand that it's necessary."