Two not-to-miss events for pet lovers on Dec. 15

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 15 for two events that offer something for every animal lover.

The AHELP Project will be holding a pet-friendly appreciation holiday party and fund raiser from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 15. at Northwest Cellars, located at 11909 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland.

In conjunction with MEOW Cat Rescue, and before the party, AHELP will offer an educational program called “Pawsitive Help for your Feline’s Peaceful Parting.” This will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in the educational room at Seattle Veterinary Specialists (SVS), and admission is on a donations-basis. The program features feline house-call veterinarian Dr. Mary Pittari ( and AHELP director Michelle Nichols, MS, with useful information for caregivers of kitties with special needs due to chronic and terminal illness. Guardians will offer valuable lessons through their Real Life Stories of Feline Hospice. SVS is located at 11814 115th Ave. N.E., Kirkland, only a five-minute drive from the party at Northwest Cellars.

You can support AHELP and their mission to promote awareness of caregiving options and quality of life in our animals through their programs. Their vision is to build a community of like-minded animal lovers who support the bond between the animal and his or her family, and who may support each other emotionally, spiritually, and physically in their time of need. Learn how you can become involved with AHELP as a professional network member during the event. If you believe in the AHELP mission, consider becoming an AHELPer, as AHELP is comprised entirely of volunteers.

Northwest Cellars will be selling the AHELP-labeled “White Whiskers White” Adagio and “FurEver Friends” Merlot, with 40 percent of the wine purchase proceeds going to AHELP. All proceeds of your $8 advanced purchase ($10 at the door) admission fee to the holiday party and reception will go toward their government filing fees as a non-profit and 2013 continuation of their important educational and support programs.

At the holiday party and reception, enjoy services from featured members of the AHELP Professional Network, to include animal rescue-inspired piano music from pianist Marilyn Milano; holiday photos with photographers Jeannie Black and TonJe’ Taylor; dog apparel courtesy of D’Marie’s Doggie Boutique; doggie treats courtesy of the Dining Dog Bakery and Café; and animal companion readings offered by Suz at Intuitive Insight Connection on a donations-basis.

Whether you are able to attend the event on Dec. 15 or cannot make it this time around, you will be able to purchase the Northwest Cellars wines with AHELP’s private labels through the end of 2012. Please visit or call proprietor Robert Delf at 425-825-9463 for more information on wine purchases. For more information on this event, visit, on Facebook at AHELPProject or call Michelle at 425-223-5722.


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