For 14 years the South Side BBQ Company has been partnering with Misty Pines in our endeavors to raise money for great causes while providing a high quality dog-friendly dining experience for our clients. Throughout the event all the dogs are asked to Down-Stay by their owners and they remain there for most of the event. This unique location and distraction rich environment puts classroom training to a high level and the dogs rose to the challenge. This year we had 13 well-behaved dogs that shared our afternoon with us.
We were happy to bring Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team back as this year’s beneficiary.
The PAART team is passionate about saving animals. Whether it be by land or by air the team is on constant standby, ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice. Over the last few years their missions have varied in both size and scope. Every mission has unique circumstances and challenges. From large land rescues, to spur of the moment air missions, to humanitarian missions, the team is ready and willing to go to any lengths to have “No Dog Left Behind”.
We were treated to a BBQ lunch cooked by South Side BBQ Company proprietor and Master Chef, Patrick Joyce. We enjoyed ribs, a pulled chicken ‘sammie,’ cole slaw and mac n’ cheese. After everyone had arrived Misty Pines President, Jeff Woods, gave an introduction and recognized James Fair, a blind and recovering injured veteran and past beneficiary of the DownStay Cafe event for his 9 year old black labrador retriever service dog, Oakley. Brad Childs, Co-Founder of P.A.A.R.T., joined us this year and spoke about P.A.A.R.T., their mission and passion to rescue animals and of their great success in rescuing 6,840 animals so far. Brad Child, Jonathan Plesset and all the members of P.A.A.R.T. are a devoted team truly dedicated to their motto of “No Dog Left Behind.”
Beverages and lunch were served and when everyone had their fill the auction began. We were joined again this year by Sherry Alling as guest auctioneer. The auction was a blast as usual and helped raise $3,183! P.A.A.R.T. has a $50,000 matching gift on the table again this year so our $3,183 will be matched making a total donation of $6,366!
We would like to thank all of those who came to the lunch, those that donated baskets, those that bid on auction items, those that gave donations and all of those involved in making the lunch a success. Thank you to P.A.A.R.T. for making a difference in the lives of so many dogs and people. Remember, though they are primarily saving dogs, they are making the families who receive these rescues more complete as well.
Next year this extraordinary event is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12:00 till 3:00 pm. If you have not had an opportunity to join us in previous years, please plan to attend this coming year with your dog and be a part of supporting a great cause and celebrating the bonds we share with our magnificent canine friends. Cheers!