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Collars, Leashes & Leather, Oh My!

14th Annual Pet Appreciation Weekend and 16th Annual Mates Leather Weekend

September 11th, 2012

If you’re like me, and I know some of you are, your pets are well cared for and dare we say it, even a bit spoiled? Not all pets are as fortunate, which is why we need the Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter (CASAS). Their 14th Annual Pet Appreciation weekend is September 28-30, 2012, and gives animal lovers the chance to have a day of fun with their pets and give back to a worthy nonprofit.

According to CASAS director Carol McDonald, “We don’t make money on adoptions, so we really count on donations and this fundraising walk, which we hope will raise one third to one half of our budget for the entire year.”

Kick the weekend off at the Opening Party at the Harbor Hotel Friday the 28th from 6-8 p.m., then boogie over to the A-House “Ruff” Dance.

Saturday, limber up for the Canine Games on the grounds of the VFW from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature agility competitions, a cookout and voting for the Fabulous Feline Photo Contest (you can enter your cat’s photo, or vote for the winner for $1 for each entry/ballot). Dogs entered in the Games receive a “thank you” goodie bag! Later, you and your pet can party at the Boatslip Resort’s Solid Gold Pet Tea Dance from 4-6 p.m., which will include prizes for best pet costume. According to CASAS director Carol McDonald, “The Tea Dance is so much fun; the Hat Sisters do the judging and it’s a hoot!”

Participants in the Annual Pet Parade pledge walk will gather at Saint Mary’s of the Harbor church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, where the Rev. Terry Pannell will perform the Annual Blessing of the Animals at 1:45. The Parade begins at 2 p.m. and traverses Commercial Street to the Pied Bar, where top pledge earners will be awarded gift certificates from local restaurants, and a raffle will be held for a $1,000 Grand Prize. For pledge forms, contest entries and more, see the CASAS website.

According to CASAS director Carol McDonald, “We don’t make money on adoptions, so we really count on donations and this fundraising walk, which we hope will raise one third to one half of our budget for the entire year.” A “no-kill shelter”, CASAS is currently caring for 53 cats, including a growing number of senior cats who will likely live out their days in the Shelter. “Sadly, we’ve seen quite a few senior cats come in because their owners go into nursing homes,” said McDonald. Come out and walk for the kitties, and tell all your friends!

For two-legged fans of collars, leashes and leather, the action is nonstop at the 16th Annual Mates Leather Weekend events. Organized by longtime Provincetown resident Rick Conley, it’s described as “A kick-back, have a good time, make some new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in Leather, Rubber and Uniforms.” Over the last 10 years, Mates’ events have raised over $37,000 for the Aids Support Group of Cape Cod, and today more than 650 people attend.

The Opening Reception is at Club Purgatory from 4-8:30 p.m. on Friday the 28th. Later, embrace your inner fireman, soldier or cop at the Uniform Party at Paramount. The Crown will also host the Annual First Mate Contest, the Poolside Barbeque and the Annual Fetish Party. This year’s theme is “Gladiator,” so I foresee an abundance of swords, sandals, rippling muscles . . . did it get hot in here?

During the weekend, you can also shop for leather and fetish merchandise at the Leather Market at the Boatslip Resort, get a piercing and nosh on pizza at Mooncusser Tattoo, and get your groove on at the A-House’s Leather Tea and the closing event, the Rubber Ball.

According to Rick Conley, ”There is no attitude here, just folks that are down-to-earth, friendly, and nice to look at.” Now get out there, make some friends and feast your eyes! Information, registration and more are available at the Mates Leather Weekend website.

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and woman-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”.

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