After months of anticipation, the Paws on the Platte auction is almost here.  The public is invited to Pals Brewery Friday, July 23, to attend the live auction of 25 large dog statues. 

The venue opens at 5 p.m. with the Acoustic Rooster band and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Auctioneer Jeff White is donating his services to bring the highest bids to benefit Paws-itive Partners. 

Paws on the Platte is a one-of-a-kind art collection of fiberglass dog statues painted in abstract style, realistic renditions, impressionism, muted tones, impressionism, bright colors, doodling art and more. Each dog statue captures a different theme, as varied as the individual artists who created them. 

“The dog statues provide something for everyone. Everyone that has seen the dogs has enjoyed them. Until you have seen them, it’s hard to imagine how unique they are,” said Jo Mayber, Paws on the Platte co-planner. 

Paws-itive Partners is a local humane organization established in 1998, dedicated to helping dogs and cats in need, especially providing high-volume spay/neuter programs.

Paws-itive Partners hosted their first Paws on the Platte in 2018. 

“We enjoyed every minute of planning and carrying it out, but we didn’t intend to have another Paws on the Platte.  But sponsors, artists and friends were telling us we needed to do it again,” co-planner Barb Kelsey said. But Paws-itive Partners was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everyone involved and grateful for the tremendous support of the area.

The public is invited to attend the Paws on the Platte auction. There will be live music, Cartwright’s BBQ and Pawsitively Delicious specialty beer available before and during the auction that begins at 6:30 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the summer evening with Paws-itive Partners at Pals.

By Jo Mayber

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