Fashion, Flowers, and Fido

Three organizations joined forces to present the inaugural Fashion, Flowers, and Fido event at the Carlsbad Flower Fields in April. The event featured a “Haute Dog” runway fashion show with models wearing designer clothing from Carlsbad Premium Outlets and accompanied by a dog available for adoption at Encinitas’ Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS). It was the first time dogs were ever allowed in the Flower Fields. In addition to the fashion show, the evening included food tasting, a beer garden, “Wag and Swag Bags,” and, of course, plenty of pups.

Best of all, the event was a smashing success. “We’re still a little overwhelmed by the response for this first-time event,” said RCHS Events Coordinator Kelly Peters. More than 300 guests attended the event, approximately one-third of which brought their own dogs to enjoy the festivities. “The dogs were well-behaved,” Kelly said. “Many of them took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Doggie Beer Bar. Their beverages were water-based and offered a number of different flavors for dogs with discriminating tastes.” Proceeds benefited RCHS, the Flower Fields, and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF).

Formed in 1960, RCHS is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to care for the homeless animal population of San Diego County and to educate the public about pet over-population and responsible companion animal care. RCHS provides quality shelter care, adoption services, education programs, and an animal safehouse program for the survivors of domestic violence. Learn more at