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Wigglebutt Warriors Announces 2016 Dog Rescue Benefactor

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It’s time for three big announcements in the dog world. From idols to bachelors, America has seen its fair share of reality shows in the name of finding the “next big thing.”   Wigglebutt Warriors® is the fundraising arm of this blog. We are sending reality to the dogs with the spotlight on dog rescue groups in the United States to take our money. Wigglebutt Warriors returns for a command performance and an attempt to up the “bark” with a brand new gala filled with fun, dogs, celebrating, and most of all fundraising for dogs in need.

An open call went out in mid March seeking one U.S. based 501(c)3 dog-related rescue group as the the benefactor of our 2016 red carpet event, Wigglebutts Uncorked, which is a pet-welcoming event for well-behaved dogs. Wigglebutts Uncorked takes place at The Grand Monarque Hall on the grounds of America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, New York, on April 16, 2016.

The applications came wagging into our email inbox.

We closely read through the applications and stories of dogs in need of forever homes. In a perfect world, Wigglebutt Warriors would fundraise for all dogs in need. All dogs deserve a loving forever home.

It was no easy task, but ultimately one group was selected and we are happy to report that the group who will benefit from Wigglebutts Uncorked is:

NYC Second Chance Rescue

Second Chance Rescue was formed in 2009 on the firm belief that all animals deserve to be loved and cared for, and no animal should ever be abused, neglected or homeless. Their mission is to facilitate the adoption/re-homing of animals that have been abandoned, or given up by their former owners, and to place them in new loving homes. They are 100% not for profit and to date have relied solely on donations from the public. They rescue dogs and cats from the streets, as well as from “death row” at municipal shelters around New York City. Before coming to them, most of the animals that they rescue have been abandoned or abused/neglected; a large number have serious medical issues and require immediate, emergency veterinary care. They protect and ensure the long-term well-being of these rescued animals by placing them in foster homes or private boarding facilities, where they are rehabilitated and cared for until a permanent home can be found. Jennifer Brooks is the founder and we are so excited to work with this dynamo who loves dogs!

NYC Second Chance Rescue

Why NYC Second Chance Rescue?

Other than the above, Wigglebutt Warriors is committed to helping all breeds of dogs and all shapes and sizes from all walks of life: Mutts to pedigree, see?


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Click here to learn about NYC Second Chance Rescue and meet them in person on April 16, 2016. Follow NYC Second Chance on Facebook and get to know them. Over the course of the next nearly year, we will be working closely with them to help them save more lives of animals in need.

Thanks to all who applied for benefactor status and we adore you for being a voice for the animals who, without you, would be silenced.


Announcement #2: Tickets and Hotel Reservations

Tickets are on sale NOW, and we have already sold almost a dozen tickets as of this date. We anticipate a sell out, so first come, first served!


Where: Brotherhood Winery:  America’s Oldest Winery located in Washingtonville, New York. (just one hour from New York City and a mere 17 miles from Soon’s Orchards in New Hampton, NY).

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016: Rain or Shine – the event is indoors!!!!

Time: 6 pm to 10:30 pm


Cost per Ticket: $125

Attire: Dressy: From slacks to dresses to evening gowns.

Are Pets Welcome? Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Must remain on leash with pet parent(s) at all times. No Flexi-leashes. No additional fee. Pre-determined number of pet tickets available, so first come first served.

Ticket Includes: Admission to the gala, posing on red carpet, hors-d’oeuvres, full dinner buffet, wine bar, beer, soda, water, coffee, tea, dessert, and more. Access to outdoor patio. Dancing, prizes, goodie bags, silent auction, PLUS: The Second Annual Wiggy Awards And The First Ever Wigglebutts Got Talent Show And Access to the on-site winery to shop and take wines home!


An exclusive group rate has been secured at:

Hampton Inn Middletown

20 Crystal Run Crossing

Middletown, New York 10941

Phone: 845-344-3400

hampton inn

The very special rate secured by Darlene Bryant is $114 per night plus tax. YAY Darlene!!!! Rock star rate! The hotel is about 15 minutes from the venue.

The $114 rate can be April 15, April 16 (date of event), and April 17. Check out is no later than April 18.


If that does not work, click here:

If you have any issues, please email us at fidoseofreality(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Here is the building on the grounds of Brotherhood where our gala will take place!


An informal meetup/gathering will take place on Sunday, April 17th, for hanging out, getting together, and just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. This is a pet-welcoming gathering. We are doing this at the special request for our guests who are coming from out of town and who rarely get to see each other face to face.

More details to follow, but we anticipate to gather in a location at the Hampton Inn Middletown.

Who Are The Wigglebutt Warriors?

Wigglebutt Warriors® is the fundraising arm of Fidose of Reality. Combined, we’ve raised over $40,000 for homeless Cocker Spaniels to assist with medical, food, and basic needs until they find their forever homes. We are not a 501(c)3 but we raise money for 501(c)3 dog rescue groups in the United States. Founders, Carol and Darlene Bryant, along with their Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, are crusading to save dogs’ lives… with your help. We are two women on a mission, doing this from the heart because, as our trademark saying goes, “My Heart Beats Dog®!!!”



To date, Brotherhood Winery has never hosted a pet-friendly gala on their premises, but they have welcomed Wigglebutt Warriors and guests for this very special event!!!! We are making history!

Wigglebutts Uncorked takes place at The Grand Monarque Hall, or the Grand Salon as it has often been called. Join Wigglebutt Warriors for a night to remember in an early 19th century stone building with towering ceilings, hand crafted wooden floors, exposed wooden beams and ten foot round antique wrought iron chandeliers that all come together in a historic setting full of old world charm. The Grand Monarque Hall was built in 1860 and was actually where the wine was made before it was converted into an event space.

brotherhood winery





And be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a single Wigglebutt beat!


Congratulations and we are raising our sparkling water bowls to you, NYC Second Chance Rescue!

P.S. We do it up right for the rescue dogs; here’s video from our 2014 Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof event:


About Carol Bryant

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and a frequently sought-after media contributor with over 15 years’ experience writing and blogging about Cocker Spaniels, dog trends, dogs, and the pet industry. She co-authored Pet Blogging for Love & Money and is the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Bri says

    I love that Second Chance Rescue mission is to help All dogs find a loving and caring home. To often mutts get the short end of the stick.

    • Alaskan Klee Kai 101 says

      They deserve to find their forever homes! This organization is awesome! We must become guardians of the breeds.

  2. Ellen says

    This looks like it will be another incredible event! I am buying my tickets today, and looking forward to Wigglebutts Uncorked. Thanks for all you do.

  3. lisa says

    I love the name Wigglebutt Warriors! All of our animals are rescues and I love what rescues to to save these poor animals! What a great cause!

  4. Megan says

    I love the name Wigglebutt…so cute! What a great cause and I’m glad that those cute pups are getting the help and love they need.

  5. Steve Pots says

    That is fantastic. Dogs and cats were domesticated and bred to love us and they don’t know anythings else but to love. That’s why it is so sad when they are abused.

    • Carol Bryant says

      Val you should join us – it’s in your neck of the woods on a Saturday in April in 2016 – we’d love to have you come out and have your books there, too

  6. Pam says

    I have rescued 4 dogs over the past recent years and I love anything like this where fundraising efforts are going to the dogs. 😉

  7. AJ @ Roaming Family says

    What a great event and organization! We got our dog through a second chance program (not this- it was one from California and our dog was sent to Oregon through the program, and that is where we got him)

  8. Talent Hounds says

    Looks amazing. Go Wigglebutt Warriors. Hope I can join you as we definitely support the mission at Talent Hounds. Kilo the Rescue Pug gives a big paws up. X Susie

  9. Rosey says

    That is a rockstar hotel rate! This sounds like a great event to attend. Love what they’re doing for the animals!

  10. Robin says

    This looks like it is going to be an amazing event. I hope that it raises lots and lots of money for the dogs. You ladies do an incredible job putting these events together.

  11. katrina g says

    i think this will be an amazing event! i love when places help animals out especially dogs. Very cool. Will be passing this around to my friends who are in the area.

  12. Robin says

    Second Chance Rescue sounds like a wonderful organization! I love that they rescue cats too. 🙂 This event is really shaping up to be the talk of the town! I hope it exceeds all of your expectations.

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