The Planet Dog Foundation Kicks It Up a Notch

Do you want to meet this dog? Do you want to meet this dog?

Many of our readers have advanced in their lives well past anything resembling small potatoes. They’re college graduates. They’ve worked hard to pay off their student loans, while maintaining mortgages, vehicle payments, and the cost of raising children. They succeed at their jobs, in their personal lives, and in their respective pursuits and recreational activities. The long and the short of it is, they’ve got money to spend. And they want to do it in a socially conscious manner.


If you count yourself among those we’ve described above, and you’re a dog person, dust off your tux or little black dress, because it’s time for the Inaugural Planet Dog Ball, a gala to take place at the Westin Portland Harborview (157 High St) on Saturday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, available at , are $150 for a single admission, $1,500 for a full table of ten, and, since they are the honorees, well-behaved dogs are invited to attend for a ticket price of $50 each.


Here is the slant: Having seen it proven many times in many lives that service dogs are nothing short of a blessing for veterans and active-duty service members who would suffer otherwise, the Planet Dog Foundation is steering the proceeds from the benefit to two organizations: the nationally-operated America’s Vet Dogs and Maine-based K9s on the Front Line. Funds raised from sponsorships and auction items (email Elizabeth Fagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sponsor or donate an item) and ticket sales will help the Planet Dog Foundation facilitate the adoption or breeding, raising, and training of service dogs for soldiers, culminating in the placement of a vital canine lifeline with a man or woman whose Department of Defense paycheck would not allow it.


Among the amenities to be enjoyed in the ballroom are a chef-prepared dinner and dessert, drinks, doggy treat bar and day care, and the pièce de resistance, an appearance by perhaps the country’s most famous living dog, the Today Show’s Puppy with a Purpose, Charlie. How many times do you get to snap a selfie with a dog who has probably piddled on Matt Lauer’s shoe? Show your passion and generosity and plan to be there Saturday night. Just think, on the way home, you’ll have the opportunity to say, “I don’t generally go for dog balls, but that was fun.”

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