Never work with children or animals, right? I knew to expect the unexpected at the Charlotte Humane Society's Runway for the Rescues presentation at Neiman Marcus.  High fashion and rescue dogs – what could go wrong?! It turned out to be a ton of fun.

Meet Pickles, my runway partner. What a cutie-pie, right? She's also quite an escape artist.


I decided not to carry her for the show because a test run proved Pickles and my top didn't mix.  Trying to fit in with the Charlotte fashionistas I knew would be at Neiman's, I had picked out a lower-cut top than usual.  No surprise that this energetic little dog would be squirmy and I didn't want any wardrobe malfunctions. Well, just before we were to walk (first!) on the giant, elevated runway, Pickles flattened out and pulled her head right out of her collar!

I didn't want to freak her out more, but I didn't want to just walk away. So, deep breath, I picked up Pickles and walked down the runway. I have no idea how low she pushed the front of my shirt – I was laughing too hard, and so was much of the crowd.  I can't wait to see the pictures. Or maybe I can!

Meantime, here are some of the other models:


Maureen O'Boyle from WBTV

Derek James from Fox News Rising


Morgan Fogarty from Fox Charlotte gives Pickles some treats.


WBTV's Delano Little just off the runway.  Olivia Fortson from the Charlotte Observer was one of the models as well.

Big thanks to Jen & David Bashford for letting me borrow Pickles for a little while! 

Both TV stations were there and I spotted at least 5 still photographers. If I get any more pictures, I'll be sure to update here.