Dogs wear tuxedos and dresses for puppy prom

Dances with wolves: Pooches party at puppy prom

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On the catwalk: Neptune, a 5-month-old golden doodle, is all dressed up with somewhere to go.
The glamor life: Doggie couture designer Anthony Rubio poses with his pups Bogie and Kimba who are 3-year-old chihuahuas.
And it is not even Tuesday: Rescue mutt Holly looks a little uncomfortable in her tutu.
They are cool like that: Three-year-old chihuahuas Kimba and Bogie show off their prom outfits.
Happy face: Miku, an 11-year-old pomeranian mix, has a two-legged date.
Take me out: Gizmo, a 6-year-old maltese and pomeranian mix, dances up a storm.

The dancers at this prom had two left feet.

More than 100 dogs from around Brooklyn showed up dressed to the canines for a “puppy prom” in a Dumbo warehouse last Thursday night, where they danced the night away alongside shelter pooches looking for new homes. No one spiked the water bowl, but the dance still got pretty messy, said an organizer.

“They came, they pooped and peed, and did what they wanted, and we got down and cleaned it all up afterward,” said Melanie Travis, events manager at Bark and Co., a company that specializes in dog events and products.

The doggie dance was a fund-raiser for the Manhattan shelter Animal Haven as well as an opportunity for some of its rescue dogs to meet potential new owners, Travis said.

Humans looking to meet a new pet were paired with a pooch as a blind date for the evening — though they were not required to adopt that dog or take it home. Several puppy-love matches were made on the night, and the event raised $3,000 for Animal Haven, Travis said.

A handful of celebrities and their four-legged friends also attended the prom, including doggie-fashion designer Anthony Rubio and human-fashion designer Rachel Antonoff.

Antonoff, who emceed the night, said she was delighted to spend her evening supporting to such a good cause.

“I just wanted to help any way I could,” said Antonoff, whose dog Lafitte came dressed in a tux but, in true prom fashion, ended up naked by the end of the night.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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