Auditions for New Yorkie Runway Charity Event Jan. 4 – 5

Dog devotees who have dreamed of commanding the catwalk alongside their couture-conscious canine companion could have their reverie become a reality at the New Yorkie Runway casting call.

An audition for a paws cause, on January 4th and 5th pet parents and their pups will meet at the Fido-friendly New Yorker Hotel to show off their tail-wagging chum’s talents and fashion style and to share their pet’s story with a panel of judges including David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to try out for the opportunity to walk with celebrities and Big Apple bigwigs on February 7, 2013 at the third annual New Yorkie Runway. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Angel on A Leash foundation, a non-profit organization which creates therapy dog programs for hospitals and institutions.

“The audition is a mix of America’s Got Talent meets Best of Show and truly lets man’s best friend strut their stuff,” said Meteorologist Ron Trotta, who along with Schmitty The Weather Dog, are the official weather team for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. “We look forward to seeing new pups and their pet parents audition, as well as their family and friends come cheer from the audience. There is no cost to attend this event,” noted Trotta.

Ten semi-finalists will be chosen and their audition videos will be posted online where viewers can vote for their favorite. The finalist will be chosen by a combination of online votes and the judges’ scores. The winner will get the chance to step into the spotlight with their Spot and an array of stars and receive a coveted New Yorkie Runway trophy; a two-night stay at the New Yorker Hotel and two tickets to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

While the auditions are free, time slots are limited. To reserve a time, send an email with your name, address, phone, dog’s name and breed to Participants will be sent a reply advising of confirmation and audition time. Please note, all dogs should be well-behaved and must be spayed or neutered to participate. Sign up for the casting call ends Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

When: January 4 – 5, 2013 from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday

Where: The New Yorker Hotel at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City

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Emceed last year by David Frei and New Yorkie fashion designer Elly McGuire, the 2012 Fido-tastic fashion show included support from such stars as 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, Matt Nordgren from Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas, Eden Wood from LOGO TV, Toddlers and Tiaras’ Pat Battle and Schmitty The Weather Dog and Meteorologist Ron Trotta, the official weather team for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show:

Photo Credit: New Yorkie Runway

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.