above: an ice carving of the Show Dog "Winkie" statuette was illuminated during the cocktail reception
above: the pre-dinner reception featured an open-bar, cheese, crackers, crusty bread, fresh fruits, and hot hors'd'oeuvres. I spent most of the evening shmoozing, after all it was a business event for me; but I enjoy doing that part of my job.
above: the dinner tables were festive, with copies of Dogs In Review magazine
above: some of the "Winkie" awards statuettes lined up before the ceremony.
above: friends, colleagues and table mates Michelle, Tibor and Amy
above: ...but I finally pulled it together. Here I am with business colleague and friend Candy, who works for Purina Pro Plan brand dog food, the main sponsor of the Show Dogs of the Year Awards
above: New York has a number of Champagne lounges, casual places to relax with good music and friends.
above: friends Tibor and Justin await the arrival of the waitress...
above: Michelle, Candy and I smile for the cameras. That pesky paparazzi follows us everywhere.
above: the girls proudly show off their Christian Louboutin shoes, with the signature red soles. I'll never figure out the love affair women have with shoes, but I'm convinced it's genetic!