(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
"Who do you know that loves horses, who doesn't also have dogs?" said Wheeler.
A long-time supporter of animal causes, Wheeler and a group of friends got together to create an event to raise money for the purpose of saving dogs' lives. Saturday morning's event at Clearview Farms is a literal dog and pony show, with 38 dog and horse classes scheduled.
Wheeler has a heart for those dogs who have special needs or medical issues, and often fosters dogs like mixed-breed terrier Diego. With a broken back, he was set to be euthanized the afternoon when Wheeler came to the rescue.
The rewards are great, she says, of Diego's transformation. "He can jump and run and he has so much energy. He's really the sweetest dog."
Diego may be adopted at Saturday's event, as well as other dogs and puppies who need a home for Christmas. You can see them in a parade of adoptable dogs.
Donations of food will be accepted as well. Local animal support groups are seeing an increasing trend of families who struggle financially and are abandoning animals because they simply can't afford to feed them.
"We want to be able to help those families through a tough time, so their dog can stay in their home," said Wheeler.
Dog classes will reward the most glamorous, handsome and butch. There is a class for best celebrity look-alike, best tail wagging, vocal and dog trick. Horse classes include halter and rail. Fees for all classes are $5 or $45.
A silent auction will be held, food and vendors will be there all day, and Santa will be available for pictures. Visitors may also have their pets micro-chipped for a reduced fee. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Dogs in Harmony Rescue, which saves dogs from unnecessary euthanasia and abandonment.
The Dog and Pony Show will be held at Clearview Farms, 2291 U.S. 231 South. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., shows begin at 10.