By Natalie Strom
Wiener dogs and wiener dog wannabes of all ages and attitudes came out in droves to the first Collier County Wiener Dog Classics on Saturday, January 19. A part of the I Luv Pets Fest, hosted by Naples Estates, proceeds from the day went to Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans, a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans with special needs. Many other non-profit booths were set up in the name of animal rescue including a greyhound organization, an exotic bird rescue, a reptile awareness group and general animal rescue programs. Booths offered pet photography, clothing, treats and food as well as pet paraphernalia for the animal lover. Organized by Brenda Hawkins, a dachshund owner in Naples Estates, the first I Luv Pets Fest was a winner – as were all the wieners (dogs that is).