Canine Companions for Independence is proud to present the eighth annual HAUTE DOG | LA. This year,
HAUTE DOG | LA goes Hollywood! Join us for an exciting evening as we honor The Lasorda Family for their loyal support of Canine Companions for Independence and HAUTE DOG | LA. The evening will feature celebrities, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a doggie runway fashion show with celebrity judges, amazing auction items and even more fun surprises! Cheer on your favorite dogs (and their people) as they take over the catwalk for this fabulous Hollywood fashion show.
Joining us this year is Paul Shaffer, John O’Hurley, Julie Chen-Moonves, Michael Nouri, Laraine Newman, Tom Kenny, Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson-Begley, Tony Dow, Peter Marshall, Laura San Giacomo, Matt Adler, Karen Sharp, Leland Sklar, Bernie Shine, Jackie Joseph, Jo Anne Worley, Todd Sherry, Al Schmitt, Michael McDonald, Amy Holland and many more to come! Celebrity hairstylist Corey Powell returns to style our fashion show participants. JP Karliak and Kate Luhr return to host our red carpet! Join co-chairs Bobbi Panter and Annette Ramirez this year to see which celebrities will be walking the runway, judging, or even sitting at your table!
Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner, bid on exciting items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the silent and live auctions. Then enjoy our fabulous Hollywood fashion show featuring dogs and their owners taking over the catwalk!
HAUTE DOG | LA 2018 was a record-breaking and memorable event! Enjoy these photos from last year and get excited for HAUTE DOG | LA 2019!
My name is Annette, and in August 2012, I lost both arms and legs (and nearly my life) due to a medical error following a surgery.
As a wife, mother of two, and working for 25+ years, I had been incredibly active in my community, my profession and in the lives of my children and husband. But after the surgery, my life changed forever. I instantly became dependent on others to simply live my everyday life.
While I was in the hospital, a former co-worker contacted me and told me about Canine Companions for Independence. She felt that one of their dogs might be a perfect match for me. In August 2016, I did indeed find my match with my forever friend Patch, a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross. Patch helps me with the tasks I am no longer able to do as a quad amputee. He opens doors, picks up items for me and even helps me with store transactions. He also provides me the companionship and confidence to experience everyday life in and outside of our home.
Your support of Canine Companions is changing lives every day with the hope, joy and love these wonderful dogs bring.
Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country and is the largest non-profit organization of its kind. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.
Mactaggart Third Fund | Joe Pesce | Chicago Magnificent 10 | David Vickter Foundation | Annette, Rolando and Patch Ramirez
"We were looking for ways for Zoya to be more independent, and we knew an assistance dog would facilitate independence for her in many ways," shares Zoya's mom. Zoya was paired with Canine Companions Skilled Companion Warner II in November 2017. From the first moment Zoya saw Warner the two became an inseparable pair. "Warner is extremely responsive to Zoya, which gives her the security she greatly craves. He knows when she is having a hard time and takes joy in helping her work through those times physically as well as emotionally." Warner loves helping Zoya by carrying her backpack as she gets ready for school, encouraging her to play outside and take walks, picking up toys, opening doors for her and never leaving her side. "One night before bed Zoya was petting Warner’s ears and snuggling him and she said, ‘Thank you for Warner, Mom. He keeps me safe.'"
"I have seen Debra do more things without opposable thumbs than I have seen most people do." Josh, an army veteran who was injured in the war in Afghanistan while serving our country. While on patrol, his battalion was ambushed by insurgents while overlooking a Taliban training camp. Josh woke eight months later to a new reality. In 2013 Josh was matched with Debra and everything changed. "Debra is the best thing that has happened to me since I got injured. Before her I was lonely, depressed, my mom and my sister couldn’t be there all the time, but Debra can. She gives me great encouragement. I want her to be a part of everything I do, and it gives me drive to know she is there to help me. She makes me happy and no matter what I ask, she always wags her tail and gives me a kiss."
Janie, a current PhD candidate in the department of Disability and Human Development at The University of Illinois at Chicago, was paired with Canine Companions Service Dog Haven in November 2015. "Before I got Haven I would often get a sinking feeling in my stomach when I dropped something. I spent a good portion of my day alone, and I knew it would be a while before somebody was available to pick things up for me. Now, with her by my side, I know if I drop an important item such as my phone or my house keys, she will retrieve them for me quickly." Haven does more than just lending Janie a helping paw. "Besides helping me with physical tasks, Haven has motivated me to be more social. I can sometimes be very quiet and shy, especially when meeting new people. Haven is a great conversation starter, and our partnership has given me the opportunity to build many bridges both personally and professionally."