Pawpurrazzi: A Humane Society Spectacular

Pet owners let their dogs out for a fashion show and great food

Humane Society board member
Allison Nash Zelkowitz, Jackson, and
author Daelyn Einhorn
By Daelyn Einhorn, age 9
(with commentary from her mother, Brett Graff)

I love the Animal Planet show It’s Me or the Dog, mostly because it’s a lot like my life. My mother is highly allergic to animals (not to mention the additional cleaning they require – yes, I’m Dae’s mom and I’ll be supervising this story.) And she’s been saying for years that my sister and I have had to choose between a pet and a parent. (So far they’ve chosen me though I do realize those teenage years lie ahead...) But I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember so I’m glad my mom lets me raise money for them, watch Animal Planet shows and takes me to Humane Society events, where dogs are more than welcome.

I was very excited when I heard It’s Me or the Dog host Victoria Stilwell would be the special guest at this year’s Pawpurrazzi event to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. That night, Jungle Island was filled with dogs that were more dressed up than I was! (And that’s despite her getting a new outfit for the occasion.) The animals were appropriate, though, because there was a fashion show just for them. For us there was delicious food, such as sushi and steak served with creamy potatoes and a silent auction (where generosity may have been fueled by the Bacardi sponsored bar.)

“The Humane Society does an amazing public service,” says Stilwell, who has a chocolate Labrador and a chiwawa. “Because whether you like animals or not, they get them off the street and keep people and animals safe. And the Miami Humane society is particularly special because of the depth of knowledge the people here have.”

Joining her at the event were some very important Miami dog owners (who not incidentally will allow a roaming 9-year old to take their canines for a stroll down the runway) including: Bunny Bastian, Pat and Milton Wallace, Donna Shalala, Wendy Safchik, and Steven and Allison Nash Zelkowitz, who says, “I love the Humane Society because it takes care of animals who can’t speak for themselves.”

Animal Planet star Victoria Stilwell
is interviewed by third-grader
(and junior animal activist) Daelyn Einhorn

Wendy Safchik

Brett Graff is's editor-in-chief. A journalist covering money, people and power, Graff contributes to magazines including Maxim, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Once a correspondent for Reuters, her nationally syndicated column ran first in the Miami Herald and then in newspapers across the country including the Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star and The State. A former U.S. government economist, Graff's book "Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids" was featured in outlets such as USA Today, US News & World Report, The Today Show,, and Graff, a regular on Washington DC's most popular morning show, GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, is a frequent guest major network television affiliates across the country including CBS, NBC, CW, and ABC.

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