Outlets of Colorado's Take a Bow Wow Pet Expo and Fashion Show Debuts May 7 at Loveland Center

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Take a Bow Wow, a pet-centered charity fashion event hosted by the Outlets of Colorado, will put ten Larimer Humane Society dogs center stage for adoption. Taking place at the Outlets of Colorado's Loveland shopping center on Saturday, May 7, Take a Bow Wow will host a canine fashion show, dog modeling contest, treats and giveaways for pets and the people who love them.

The Outlets of Colorado Take a Bow Wow Expo and Pet Fashion Show is a first-time event to raise awareness for Larimer Humane Society

Take a Bow Wow seeks to match up these adorable shelter dogs with just the right families and individuals for adoption.

The Outlets of Colorado and Larimer Humane Society will host families and their canine companions at the Outlets at Loveland for a day of fashion and fun on Saturday, May 7 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Ten adoptable dogs, each poised to endear a friend or family and a new home, will be groomed, attired in Petsense® Fashions and escorted down the runway by their human model companions at the first ever Take a Bow Wow event.

A free pet expo and pet fashion show, Take a Bow Wow will feature regional vendors like Tail Waggin' Mobile Pet Grooming, the provider of the 'salon services' for the featured Larimer Humane Society dogs. Booths and demonstrations will be provided by Doggie Dips and Chips, Bones Du Jour, Precious Memories, TryMyWork.com, Aspen Grove Veterinary Clinic, Rovers Ranch, Off Leash Training, Spa 4 Paws and more. Immediately after the dog fashion show, Take a Bow Wow will host a modeling contest honoring one pooch through the Outlets of Colorado's Strike a Pose model search contest. Treats and prizes for both four-legged and two-legged attendees are planned. All activities planned for the Take a Bow Wow event will raise awareness for Larimer Humane Society’s adoptable animals, programs and services.

"Take a Bow Wow seeks to match up these adorable shelter dogs with just the right families and individuals for adoption," said Peggy Ziglin, Regional Public Relations and Tourism Director for the Outlets of Colorado. "They'll be attired in accessories and clothes from the Outlets of Colorado's boutique store Petsense®, where dog fashions are available at outlet prices of half off, every day." The shelter dogs will be groomed in anticipation of this runway event and accompanied by the stylish Strike a Pose amateur models, who represent the Outlets of Colorado for one year after winning the human version of the Outlets' modeling contest each spring. The human models will also showcase fashions from some of the 300 retail outlets within the Outlets of Colorado centers in Castle Rock, Loveland and Silverthorne.

“Larimer Humane Society is delighted to work with the Outlets of Colorado on this first-ever event,” said Marcie Willms, Community Relations Manager for Larimer Humane Society. “These pets, and many more like them at the shelter, are ready to be welcomed into compassionate homes.” People can get a glimpse of the variety of furry friends available for adoption on Wednesday May 4, on the Fox 31 Good Day Colorado show at 8:15 AM, and on the KWGN DayBreak show at 8:45 AM. Peggy Ziglin, Marcie Willms and Mitzi Jones from Tail Waggin' Mobile Pet Grooming will escort five of the ten adoptable dogs to their live appearance on the KUSA 9 NEWS magazine-style show Colorado & Company, on Friday May 6.

The ten featured dogs from Larimer Humane Society range from young puppies to adult dogs, purebred to mixed breeds, and sizes small to quite large. The canines are currently living with Larimer Humane Society foster care volunteers who sometimes care for adoptable animals prior to special events like Take a Bow Wow, in addition to providing temporary care and shelter in their homes for animals that are underage, sick, injured or under-socialized so that they may become healthy, adoptable animals. Some of the dogs that will be available for adoption at Take a Bow Wow include Chai, a Pekinese mix; Jan, a Lhasa Apso mix; Piglet and Tigger, American Bulldog puppies; and Lucy #2, a loveable Labrador Retriever.

After the pet fashion show, the dog modeling contest will take place. Pet owners with a particularly photogenic pup can enter him or her in the Strike a Pose Dog Modeling Contest, to vie for the crown of the Outlets of Colorado Strike a Pose Dog. The winning dog will receive a three-day, two-night vacation for his or her family at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, a pet-friendly resort property. The prize package also includes a $150 gift card for shopping at the Outlets at Loveland, a pet modeling portfolio card with a professional photograph, a June fashion shoot alongside the human Strike a Pose model contest winners and on-air appearances on select television segments for the period of a year.

Countless individuals and organizations have stepped up to do their part of make this event a success. Tail Waggin' Mobile Pet Grooming, the mobile grooming outfit that is a favorite of many pet owners around northern Colorado, will be on site at Take a Bow Wow. This unique grooming service has a self-contained tub, table, freshwater tank, generator and hot water heater in its Dalmatian-themed van. Owner Mitzi Jones will perform the 'makeovers' on all ten of the adoptable dogs. "Dogs, who are essentially pack animals, really enjoy all the favorable attention they receive after being pampered and groomed," said Jones. "I'm excited to do my part for these animals and help them put their best paw forward in preparation for their Take a Bow Wow appearance, so they look their best for their potential new adopters."

The Boy Scouts of America, Longs Peak Council, will be on clean up duty and will assist visitors with information on the day's events and schedule at Take a Bow Wow. The Outlets at Loveland's Facebook fan page is offering a donation of fifty cents to Larimer Humane Society on behalf of each of its fans who provide a 'like' through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/outletsatloveland now through May 31.

Take a Bow Wow will offer gourmet treats, water, and doggie flying discs to canine visitors. Their human companions will enjoy truffles from Harry & David® and other refreshments. The Outlets of Colorado will give away hundreds of dollars in merchandise, like Coach® bags and accessories, gift cards and other prizes through drawings and a spin on their famous prize wheel.

The Take a Bow Wow Expo and Pet Fashion Show will take place Saturday, May 7, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Outlets at Loveland, in Space #5270 at the south side of the center. Sponsors of the event include Northern Colorado 5, Petsense® Outlet, Tail Waggin' Mobile Pet Grooming, Larimer Humane Society, Front Range Event Rental and the Outlets of Colorado. To find out more go to http://www.outletsatloveland.com or call 970-663-1916.

Outlets of Colorado Media Contact:
Peggy Ziglin, Regional Public Relations and Tourism Director                            
Outlets of Colorado (Castle Rock, Loveland, Silverthorne)
peggy (at) outletsofcolorado (dot) com
Kate Collins
Write Brain West, Inc.
kate (at) writebrainwest (dot) com

About Outlets of Colorado
The Outlets of Colorado host over eleven million shoppers annually, and offer savings of 30 to 70 percent off retail every day. The three centers are the Outlets at Castle Rock, Loveland and Silverthorne and they include 300 name brand retailers like Levi's Outlet, Nike, Bose Outlet, J. Crew, Chico's, Le Creuset, Tommy Hilfiger, Lucky Brand Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Off 5th, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Kenneth Cole, Pearl Izumi and more. http://www.outletsofcolorado.com

About Larimer Humane Society
Founded in 1969, Larimer Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide the responsible care and treatment of animals. Larimer Humane Society provides shelter and medical attention and care to nearly 12,000 domestic and wild animals each year. Visit http://www.larimerhumane.org for more information and to view the animals currently available for adoption.

Resource Links
Northern Colorado 5: http://www.noco5.com/
Petsense® Outlet: http://www.petsenseoutlet.com/
Tail Waggin' Mobile Pet Grooming: http://www.tail-waggin.com/

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