“It’s fun to pamper Benny,” said Linda Friedman of her 8-year-old rescue dog. “He’s my baby.”
But the star treatment wasn’t reserved just for Saks’ canine clientele. Dog owners spent the day sipping Champagne, white wine, and “mudslide” martinis. They sampled sushi rolls, sandwichettes, and a generous dessert spread that included palmiers, truffles, raspberry gelee, and cheesecake. And they indulged in complimentary makeovers and facials by Saks makeup artists and skincare specialists.
“I’m excited by the turnout today,” said Tara deNicolas, the event’s chief organizer, who hoped to raise at least $10,000 at Saturday’s event for the Washington Humane Society. “It’s great to see so many people and businesses out here supporting our work.”
The dog owners were pleased, too—and not just to support a good cause. As Alison Kocicharow explained, “I just really liked the idea of bringing my dog to Saks Fifth Avenue.”Want to see more photos from Washington events and parties? Click here for Washingtonian.com's photo slideshow page.