Boise Double Dog Dares You to Raise Funds for Pups 

Gather a dozen Idahoans in a room and it's a good bet that at least seven of them have a dog waiting at home—or, depending on the room, already sitting at their feet. It's no secret that Boiseans love their pooches (if you're somehow in doubt, statistics from WalletHub, SmartAsset and the American Veterinary Medical Association have all confirmed the trend), and the city's dog-friendly organizations know it. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that two fundraising events on Saturday, Feb. 16—from Meridian Canine Rescue and Moonsong Malamute Rescue Inc.—are double dog daring locals to keep their paws in the game.

click to enlarge Miley (above) and Axel (top image) are both up for adoption through MMR. - MOONSONG MALAMUTE RESCUE INC.
  • Moonsong Malamute Rescue Inc.
  • Miley (above) and Axel (top image) are both up for adoption through MMR.

At 2 p.m., PreFunk Beer Bar and MMR will kick off Woos and Brews, a fundraiser to benefit the purebred and mixed-breed Alaskan Malamutes that MMR rescues across the Intermountain West. Malamutes are a particularly tricky breed due to their strength, independence and stubbornness, and MMR takes in dogs from across the country, housing them at Emerald Street Kennels in Boise and at foster homes in five states.

"There can be a high failure rate with adoptions and returns because they're beautiful. So people see them for example on TV shows—Game of Thrones, you know, uses Alaskan Malamutes—and they see these dogs that are gorgeous, and then they get one and they need a lot of exercise, mental stimulation, and people aren't able to give them what they need," said Gina Day-Price, secretary of MMR's Board of Directors.

Several of MMR's success stories will have their paws on the ground at PreFunk for the fundraiser, which runs through 5 p.m., including Rio, a 160-pound Malamute who Day-Price said is "kind of famous around Boise" for his massive size. Information on the rescue's nine adoptable dogs should also be on hand. Plus, an all-things-dog raffle will offer up items from Camp Bow Wow, Bark n' Purr, Emerald Street Kennels, Habitat Veterinary Hospital and beyond, and $1 of each pint sold by Edge Brewing will go to MMR.

If you haven't gotten enough canine cuddles, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. that same day, antiques shop Enchanting Objects will host Gone to the Dogs, an annual merch sale/designer showcase/MCR donation drive. In addition to filling their baskets with marked-down vintage wares, attendees will be able to meet adoptable, tail-wagging guests from MCR, and item donations to the rescue (think leashes, collars and pet food) will earn the generous a 10 percent discount on their purchases. Nearby on State Street, Zamzow's will also be taking donations, which will score shoppers the same perks.

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