Fundraiser Goes to the Dogs

Wigglebutts Uncorked fundraising eventThere is always a way to help a homeless animal in need. Fidose of Reality is here to empower and teach others to help dogs who have no home, have been abused/neglected, and are seeking their forever homes. We are doing that through our fundraising arm of the blog, which is called Wigglebutt Warriors. On April 16, 2016, we will be having a fundraiser for the dogs of NYC Second Chance Rescue. We are sold out!!!!! You can, however help us to raise money for the dogs in need!

In order to help the dogs in need, we are asking for every person who reads this blog post to donate 1 dollar to the rescue fund for these homeless dogs. A dollar won’t even buy a cup of coffee these days, but it will help a dog in need with a meal, a cost towards a medical bill, and even towards housing, since the rescue groups relies on loving foster homes.

Here is what to do: Simply click the DONATE NOW button below and give a $1 (or any amount), which will take you to the PayPal page. All monies will be used for the dogs of NYC Second Chance Rescue, a 501(c)3 group.  Just a buck to change their luck!

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The fundraiser taking place on April 16, 2016, is going to be our most spectacular, wigglebutt inducing, smile-filled, event yet. It is a 2-day affair and here’s the latest scoop on Wigglebutts Uncorked.


None of this would be possible without the sponsors, and you can view the entire list of Wigglebutts Uncorked Sponsors here. Since this event will sell out, if you are interested in sponsoring, please contact us at carol at fidoseofreality dot com for complete offerings, but hurry!

The hottest pet friendly fundraiser of the Spring 2016 is about to take flight. This is no ordinary fundraiser: This is Wigglebutts Uncorked!

Wigglebutts Uncorked sponsors

This is Wigglebutts Uncorked at America’s Oldest Winery: Brotherhood, in Washingtonville, New York on Saturday evening, April 16th, 2016.

Bark is the new black, and all the who’s who of the canine world will be in attendance in their finest couture for this gala benefit to raise funds for Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs. For one low price, you can paw-tay the night away, celebrate, give back, feel good, AND bear witness to Dexter the Wigglebutt Warrior escorting his parents down the aisle for the formal celebration of their marriage!

We are sold out and you can be wait listed if you are interested in tickets in the event anyone cancels.

Dancing, prizes, swag bags, silent auction, and of course, the Second Annual Wiggy Awards: Who will win the coveted Wiggy of the Year? Savvy canines in attendance are eligible!

Stay for the after party on Sunday, April 17th: Deets below.

We’re going to the dogs: And so can you! All for a good cause!

wigglebutts uncorked


Do NOT wear t-shirts, jeans, sneakers/running shoes, or flip flops.

There has been some question as to what to wear. Please consider this the red carpet event that it is. Wear what you would to any formal affair: Anything from dressy slacks to a gown to a cocktail dress: Whatever you would normally wear for a formal gathering. Men, a suit and tie or tux, please.

Media will be there, a professional photographer, videographer, and more. Even the dogs will be dressed up!

How to find dog clothes
Dexter wearing his custom tux from Belle Diva Couture.

After Party

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time: 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Bakery closes at 5:00.)

Place: Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery,  114 Little York Road, Warwick, New York 10990

Live Music with Straight Shot – Classic Rock n Roll, Tasting Room and Wine Tasting, Pane Bakery, Pizza and Cafe, Dining Room, Outdoor Patio Reserved for our Group

Check out the delicious menu options.

We will meet in the lobby of the Hampton Inn Middletown on Sunday, April 17 @ 11:00 A.M. and we’ll caravan to the winery together.

Please note: The winery does not accept credit cards, cash only.

Pet policy: Pets are allowed on the lawn and patio on a leash and must be picked up after. Per Health Code, they do not permit dogs in the Tasting room or dining areas. The only exception are certified service dogs.

Warwick winery


We have reached the maximum allotted number of rooms for our group rate at a nearby hotel,  Hampton Inn Middletown.  You can always call the Hampton Inn and see if there are any cancellations. They are located at 20 Crystal Run Crossing in Middletown, New York 10941. Phone number is 845-344-3400.

Here are four additional hotels nearby. Check for vacancies, and check if they are pet friendly if that is desired, as some may not allow pets:

Courtyard Middletown (This hotel is next door to the Hampton Inn.) 24 Crystal Run Crossing, Middletown, NY 10941 (845) 695-0606

Howard Johnson, 551 Rte. 211, East/I84, Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 342-5822

Days Inn Middletown 4939 NY-17M, New Hampton, NY 10958 (845) 374-2411

Four Points by Sheraton Newburgh Stewart Airport 5 Lakeside Road, Newburgh, NY, 12550, 845-567-0567


New York City Guest Transportation

If you live in the New York area and are interested in bus transportation to and from the venue on 04/16/16, we have bus tickets available. For pricing information and to get a ticket, please contact Regina Mendoza from New York City Second Chance Rescue via email at: reginamendoza@me.com

The pick up point is in front of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and 5th Ave.

The van will depart at 4:00pm and arrive at Brotherhood Winery at approx 5:30-6:00pm.

The van will depart Brotherhood at 10:45pm and arrive back at the library by approx 12:15am.

Well-behaved pets are allowed on the bus.

Dog taxi

Arriving at the Event

There is a winery crawl going on the same weekend as this gala fundraiser, so allow extra time when traveling to the winery. Although the host hotel is 22 minutes or so from Brotherhood, it could take double the time with heavy traffic, so please allow for extra travel time if you are attending the gala fundraiser.

Raffle and Bonus Giveaway

Bring cash with you to the fundraiser, as we have amazing top-of-the-line raffle prizes! The raffles will be done “Chinese Raffle” style.

A diamond necklace (pictured below) will be raffled off in a very special Baby Joey raffle surprise. This was generously donated by My Pet Harmony, the official Diamond Sponsor of Wigglebutts Uncorked.

Some of the raffle prizes include Petzi Treat Cams, Raised Designer Feeder from Trendy Pet, high end packages, gifts, and more! Lots and lots of prizes to win!

Win a Diamond Pendant


Bringing your dog (or cat) to the gala? They are in for a fantastic meal and dessert thanks to our official “Smorgasbark” sponsor, Dr. Harvey’s !!!!!

The Smorgasbark will consist of Canine Health and/or Veg to Bowl with a variety of protein options.

The food will be made and given out in disposable bowls.

We will also be offering a variety of treats as a dessert!!!

Thank you to Dr. Harvey’s and get ready for nom noms and a special goodie packet of items to take home!

Doctor Harvey's food sponsor

Meet Baby Joey

Meet the famous Baby Joey, who as a puppy, had his rear legs chopped off by a monster. He was literally left for dead. Well, he was found in time and the kind and amazing folks from NYC Second Chance Rescue took him in. Thanks to the folks at Merrick Pet Care, Baby Joey is being fed, taken care of, getting rehab, and even prosthetic legs! Meet him in person and watch for a very special in-person surprise from the folks at Merrick!

Dog in therapy pool

dog food allergies
Good ole me!!!

Andrea Arden, Celebrity Emcee

Roll out the red carpet, get those tails ready to wag, and raise those sparkling water dishes: A celebrity of the pet world is gracing the 2016 Fidose of Reality/Wigglebutt Warriors® fundraiser, Wigglebutts Uncorked. We are proud to announce Andrea Arden, of Animal Planet fame, is our official celebrity emcee.

Andrea Arden emcee for Wigglebutts Uncorked

Official Doggie Designer

Need apparel for your pooch for Wigglebutts Uncorked (or any occasion): Meet Dexter’s official designer for the event who is taking orders!!! Meet Janice Craig of Belle Diva Couture here.


Wish your dog could be a Pup Scout? Well, founder of this fab group, Susan Godwin – has partnered with Wigglebutt Warriors – and you can earn a choir/singing badge by attending Wigglebutts Uncorked. Complete deets below:

Wigglebutt Warriors partners with PupScots


Celebrity Dogs In Attendance

The one and only Chloe Kardoggian TM will be attending Wigglebutts Uncorked as an exclusive dog media member. In addition, top dogs and cats that are well known on social media will be in attendance.

Custom Dog Miniature Prize

One lucky attendee will win their very own custom miniature of their pet courtesy the one and only Lucy Maloney. You can read all about Lucy here and then look below for the fabulous replica she did of Wigglebutt Warrior founder, Dexter! Lucy Maloney’s Miniature Dogs Are Stunningly Lifelike

Designer Dog Miniature
Our Brandy Noel, forever missed and loved, courtesy Lucy Maloney.

Lucy Maloney miniature

Will There Be Vendors at the Gala?

Yes! Fidose of Reality will have a dog lovers section with items for purchase and Second Chance Rescue will have a merchandise area, too!

My Heart Beats Dog Shirt T-Shirt

Is there a Dee-Jay?

Touch of Class DJ – CT Mikie G will be spinning the dance music and setting the mood for the evening. Mikie G is available for your DJ needs and is a fab guy, Cocker dad, and has been our DJ every fundraiser to date. Say hello and check him out: http://www.touchofclassdj.com/

Touch of Class DJ
Mikie G! Touch of Class DJ

Wiggy Awards

Move over Hollywood: The Wiggys are in town!

Who will be one of the 10 winners of the Wiggy Awards at Wigglebutts Uncorked? Winners receive a one of a kind trophy and prize! The Wiggys are sponsored by My Pet Harmony and attendees must be present to be considered. Judges will select some of these winners the night of the event!

Celebrity Emcee, Andrea Arden of Animal Planet, will host the Wiggys and announce each winner who will have their souvenir photo taken on the spot!

Best Dressed Male

Best Dressed Female

Any Species Other Than Dog

Cutest Mutt Award

Best Wigglebutt

Outstanding Rescue Pet

Friendliest Dog Award

Best Dressed Duo: This award goes to the best dressed pet parent and pet in attendance this evening

Traveled the Farthest

Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year: This award goes to someone who goes above and beyond to help save dogs’ lives. The person must exemplify the Wigglebutt Warriors slogan which is “Crusading to Save Dogs’ Lives”

Wiggy Awards

Lights, camera, action, donate!!!!

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  1. You have no idea how much I wish I lived closer so I could bring Milo. This sounds so fun!

  2. Now this looks like a cool event, I didn’t even know that events like that existed to be totally honest with you. That little miniature of the pup is super cute and an awesome prize to win!

  3. I would love to go and it’s just far/close enough to make a decent road trip. If I can’t get there (is it sold out?) I’ll donate … unfortunately, Canadian dollars though.

  4. Sounds like a fabulous time! Best wishes to you for a pawsome time and successful fundraiser! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  5. This event is going to be amazing! You have put so much work into it. I hope that it raises a ton of money for the dogs – they deserve it! The necklace you are raffling off is really beautiful.

  6. Wigglebutt warriors – how cute is that – and that necklace is so adorable. good luck with your fundraiser. It’s a worthy cause.

  7. Awww, this looks like an amazing event! I wish I could attend! I used to work in animal shelters, so my heart goes out to all the animals. One day I will save them all!

  8. Our furry friends need all the love and support they can get! I’ll be sure to share your post in hopes of reaching for wallets!

  9. I was planning to drive down but have a business issue here so still not sure (plus a bit far alone and my hubby can not get away). Looks so fun and such a great idea.

      1. Driving down. Will there be transport from the hotel (happy to pay, but prefer to relax and enjoy the wine LOL). So looking forward to seeing you again. Posting our chat tomorrow

        1. Most folks are renting a car but I am sure you can tag along – many wags and can’t wait to see the chat and see you again!

  10. Not sure I can make from Colorado 😉 but I will click on the donate button and send good wishes for a wildly successful fundraiser!

  11. This event sounds like a BLAST. If only I lived closer to New York! I am in Atlanta! LOL. We need to do something like this here!

  12. Carol, this looks like it was an amazing event! I absolutely love the Wigglebutt Warriors. Our silly nickname for Scout is “Sniffy VonWigglebutt” lol. Yeah, we’re crazy, I know. The Pup Scouts is cool too, I’m going to check it out right now! That has Scout’s name all over it, literally. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!). I’m following all your channels and can’t wait to read more. Dexter is so handsome. I’m over the moon about getting to meet everyone at the BlogPaws conference.

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