PALS crowns spokespet at fundraiser [photos]

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VIEW PHOTOS | PALS Pet Cotillion @ Piedmont Bark

imageWith scores of anxious pups on hand, Pets Are Loving Support named its spokespet of the year on Sunday and replaced a black-and-white Great Dane with a tan-and-white Bull Terrier.

The announcement — a result of online voting on the PALS website — came during the non-profit’s annual Pet Cotillion at Piedmont Bark in Midtown. For his win, Braxton, who is owned by John Flynn (top photo), received a bonanza of prizes that included 10 days of doggie daycare, a massage, a new bed, a basket full of treats and a spa day. He also will appear in Doggies on the Catwalk, an annual fashion event that benefits PALS, and represent the organization at its monthly bingo and other events.

imageBraxton sent into retirement Sybil, the now former PALS mascot and Great Dane that touched the hearts of dog lovers earlier this year. Sybil curled up next to one of his owners, Mike Patterson, when he slipped and fell outside his LaGrange home and was stranded outdoors for several hours on a brutally cold night.

On Sunday, the Pet Cotillion also included a silent auction and an appearance by Miss Troup County Jessica Scott. A final tally wasn’t available on Monday, but the online voting for the new spokespet alone raised some $5,000 for PALS. Organizers have said they hope the event raises $13,000.

(UPDATE: Organizers announced May 5 that the event raised $13,164.)

Up next for the organization is Sex & the City Bingo on May 12.

imageAnd you can also support PALS by voting — again. For the next few days, you can vote for E. Vincent Martinez, a PALS board member and the fashionista behind the popular Doggies on the Catwalk. He’s taking part in a contest that could bring $2,500 to PALS.

Martinez is one of 15 community influencers taking part in the Cadillac of Test Drives, a purely promotional effort by the upscale brand that has local notables blogging about their cruising in the slick autos. As they blog, Martinez and others are also stumping for votes. The one who garners the highest tally wins money for their designated charity. Martinez will donate the $2,500 prize to PALS.

Martinez also created a Facebook page to track his efforts.

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