Yappy Hour®: A Guaranteed Barking Good Time

03/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Help Animals and Maybe Find True Puppy Love

We've all heard of a party animal. For me, John Belushi in Animal House comes to mind. But other than zoologists, how many of us actually get to party with animals? As a connoisseur of all things pets, it didn't take long for me to figure out that there weren't enough opportunities to party with our pets. That's why I created Yappy Hour®, the first-ever benefit where people and pets can celebrate and seek puppy love.

Yappy Hour® is many things: a benefit, a mixer, a singles night, a couples night, and an adoption drive. At this must-attend benefit I created with my dog Lucky, doggies and their guardians have the opportunity to mingle (and sniff) with other animal enthusiasts while enjoying puptails and hound-d'oeuvres of Kibbles and Bits® for the dogs. Forget awkward introductions, your dogs will make them for you! But don't fear if you have no four-legged friend! The beauty of Yappy Hour® is that if you have no dog in tow, the Humane Society has local adoptable dogs on-site that party participants can rent during the evening for a small donation. And if you don't snag that single cutie you had your eye on, you might fall in puppy love with your rented companion and take him or her home with both your tails wagging. That's why the event is so great for couples too! After a few puptails, you may have a new addition to the family, and at Yappy Hours®, everyone goes home happy.

This year Lucky and I are launching a fifteen-city Yappy Hour® tour promoting our new book It's a Dog's World, a culmination of a decade of our experience in the pet business, and of course, to promote what can come from true, unbridled puppy love! The tour kicks off in New York City on February 9th at Kimpton's very pet-friendly Muse Hotel, just in time for finding puppy love for Valentine's Day. Who knows, maybe even the Muse's Director of Pet Relations, a six year old Teacup Pomeranian named Ginger might even show up!

And if you can't make it to our New York Yappy Hour®, Lucky and I will be spreading the love this year in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Miami, Washington DC, Aspen, Denver, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Dallas and Seattle. Check out our Facebook fan page for information on the tour dates. Who wouldn't want to miss a hysterical time with puppies, partying, singles, couples and most importantly: love!

For more information on Yappy Hour® and other events Animal Fair and for details on Wendy's new book It's a Dog's World, click here.