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Twain House, Kenway's Cause Present First Bark Twain Bash

It was a night dedicated to and celebrating our four-legged, furry friends.

The Mark Twain House & Museum and Kenway's Cause Animal Rescue hosted a first (and most likely annual) "Bark Twain Bash: It's the Cat's Meow" fundraiser Friday night at the museum in Hartford.

Hosted by iHeartMedia's Renee DiNino, three organizations were honored at the Bark Twain Bash: The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, The Hartford Police Department K9 Unit and Hartford Animal Control.

Fidelco places German Shepherd guide dogs with people who are blind or visually impaired throughout North America.

"For a person with sight-loss, a guide dog provides a life changing independence," said Michelle Brier, of Fidelco. "So to be able to work for a company that makes a profound difference in peoples lives is a pretty great thing."

Also at the event from Fidelco, Eliot Russman, president and CEO; Nancy Lothrop; Julie Unwin, chief operating officer; guide dog Kane; and Tristan Pettengill, a puppy raiser, who brought with him 4-1/2-month-old German Shepherd Becca.

The sold out event included cocktails, food from Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, David James Catering and NoRA Cupcakes and music by Jimmy and the Hat Tricks. Leaps & Bones Dog Bakery in South Windsor provided treats for the pets for guests to take home, including handmade cookies in flavors like apple crisp.

"We're celebrating people and pets," said DiNino, also a board member of Kenway's Cause, a nonprofit organization that raises funds in order to provide medical care to injured animals picked up by City of Hartford Animal Control that would otherwise be euthanized.

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