The fall social season has yet to start, but surely a reception of wine and spirits, hors d'oeuvres and stuffed grape leaves. But this party was for rescued pets and their owners at Pet Rush in Kenneth Village. On Thursday, all the elements of the most swish of receptions were there — adult beverages, balloons and the attendance of our city fathers.
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and City Councilman Dave Weaver added gravitas. Yapping dogs and their chatty owners provided the late-afternoon ambiance. All was preserved digitally by Channel 6 staffers interviewing anyone accompanied by an animal.
Pet Rush prides itself as being Glendale's first rescue-only pet store. Owner Rene Karapedian described turning it into a "humane store" six months ago. "Rescued dogs need a home. We should not support puppy mills," said Karapedian, as he held "Buddy," a 9-month-old dachshund also in need of a home.
Weaver, who for four years was the host of the Channel 6 show, "Weaver's Doghouse," would routinely find owners for the dogs he highlighted on TV. A dog lover himself, Weaver explained the title of his now-defunct show, "I was always in the doghouse with my colleagues."