The love of a dog named Roxie inspired 16-year-old Brooke Phillips to create an event to support Project HALO, a no-kill animal shelter in Charlotte.
The fourth annual Helping Paws Dog Show will be May 11 at Bellingham Park in Mooresville.
The dog show will have competitions for Best Trick, Best Groomed, Best Personality and Best in Show. All proceeds from registration fees will go to Project HALO (Helping Animals Live On).
Brooke has had a lot of help from her mom, Sally Phillps, in organizing the event. Many of her classmates plan on pitching in the day of the event. Brooke said she expects 20 to 25 volunteers the day of the show.
Brooke hosted her first Helping Paws Dog Show when she was in sixth grade. So far, she has been able to raise about $3,000 for Project HALO. About 60 pets are on Project HALO’s website, available for adoption.
Brooke’s family adopted a 1-year-old husky-Lab mix named Roxie from Project HALO for Brooke’s 10th birthday.
“I always wanted a dog,” said Brooke. “I really like having Roxie. She’s my first dog.”
When she adopted Roxie, Brooke said, Project HALO did not have the best area to keep the dogs in. The conditions weren’t dire, but Brooke said she thought they could be better. She combined that thought with the idea that any dog should be allowed to participate in a dog show, not just purebreds and dogs that spend hours training.
A sophomore at Pine Lake Preparatory School, Brooke lives with her mom, Sally Phillips, and dad, Dave Phillips, in Morrison Cove.
Brooke hopes the Helping Paws Dog Show will encourage people to adopt animals from Project HALO and raise money for the organization at the same time.
“I love the dogs,” said Brooke.
Brooke and Brandon Pollock of WKQC-FM will be the masters of ceremonies. Several local businesses and organizations are sponsors of the show, including the town of Mooresville, Anchor Security & Locksmith, Randy Marion Subaru, Brawley Animal Hospital, The Sign Post of Mooresville, Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, Lake Norman Pet Grooming and Pine Lake Preparatory.
Tara Moore is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Tara? Email her at tarasnews @hotmail.com.
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