Networking Brings Furry Friends Hang20 Surf Dog Classic, Art and Love Of Ocean Together

The Rickie Report believes that networking is a major key to success!  Pat Deshong, President of Furry Friends, is a fan of Ilene Gruber Adams’ photography and design work.  Pat asked Ilene to create a poster in her colorful photographic style and Ilene, a lover of four legged creatures and the ocean jumped right on it. That’s how Furry Friends Hang20 Surf Dog Classic© came to life!  The Rickie Report celebrates artists, artisans, art lovers and art patrons when they come together for a good cause.   What can be better than spending a day at the beach? Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic is presenting the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic© on Saturday, August 29th from 8:00 am-2:30 pm at the Civic Center at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida. Sign up now! (free)!  Food, Furry Friends, Vendors, Live Music, Kids Activities, doggie yoga, Navy SEAL dog performance, dog demonstration by K9 Services Unlimited and more!  Volunteers needed!


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Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic is presenting the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic© on Saturday, August 29th from 8:00 am-2:30 pm at the Civic Center at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida. This end of summer event will be the talk of the town and a not-to-miss event.  For more information please visit




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Imagine dogs on surfboards, catching the waves, enjoying the sunshine, and trying to win the coveted “Top Dog” surfing trophy! Don’t miss this fun-filled day at this beautiful beach venue complete with great food, vendors, live music, kid’s activities, doggie yoga, Navy SEAL dog performance, dog demonstration by K9 Services Unlimited and more!





Please sign up for

Furry Friends Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.



"As Above So Below" by Ilene Adams

“As Above So Below” by Ilene Adams






The Hang 20 Dog Classic© image has been seen all over the internet and will be available as a poster, tee-shirts and stickers at the event, with proceeds going to benefit Furry Friends.


"Ferns and Fire" by Ilene Adams

“Ferns and Fire” by Ilene Adams





Ilene’s is a well-known local artist showing her work in several galleries and exhibitions.  ( as well as a marketing and graphic design guru, working with many small businesses and non-profits nation-wide. ( Ilene is a resident of Jupiter.


"Furry Friends...For the Love of Animals" T-Shirts

“Furry Friends…For the Love of Animals” T-Shirts

There will be lots of activities

for families, human or canine!


Photo Courtesy of Peggy Leach

Photo Courtesy of Peggy Leach

Schedule of Show



Beach Registration 7:45 am -8:30 am
Doggie Yoga 8:00am – 9:00 am
Small Dog Surf Heats 8:30 am -9:00 am
Medium Dog Surf Heats 9:00 am -9:30 am
Large Dog Surf Heats 9:30 am -10:00 am
SUP Dog Surf Heats 10:00 am -10:30 am
Navy SEAL Dog Show 10:30 am -10:45 am
K9 Services Unlimited Demonstration 10:45 am – 11:00 am
Awards Ceremony 11:00 am -11:30 am
Food & Music & Shopping 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Music Schedule:

Band 1 11:00 am-12:45 pm
Band 2 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


The event is FREE to the public and there is ample parking.



  • Registration for the dogs to participate is $45 with surf or paddleboards and life jacket provided, or $40 if participants bring their own boards, and $25 for registration only.
  • Lifejackets are required for your dog.
  • More information can be found at or on Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic Facebook page including volunteer opportunities and a contest to create the perfect Perfect Vodka Hang20 Drink!!


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This event will benefit Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic, a 501c3 not for profit animal rescue organization located in Jupiter. Our operations consist of our full service veterinary clinic, thrift store, Jupiter adoption center, and 27 acre ranch in Palm City. We provide an invaluable service to the many homeless, voiceless animals throughout our community and beyond by giving them shelter, loving care and an opportunity to receive a better life in a forever home. We depend on the support from people and businesses in our area to continue our mission.

Cowabunga & See You There!!!©


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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Being “Top Dog” is Bigger Than You Imagined!

On November 9, 2013, the first annual “America’s Top Dog Model®  Golden Paw Awards ™” took place at Dynamic TV Studio in Boynton Beach.  Fifteen of America’s Top Dog Models ®  National winners and finalists were selected to receive a Golden Paw Award ™.   People and pups travelled from different parts of the country.  Now, you have a chance to see that event on local television station WPTV-5 this Sunday.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks at the winners.  We know so many pet-lovers will thank Jo Jo Harder, the creative behind this!  While her book and career are inspiring,  the dogs have made such a difference in peoples’ lives.  Photographers, take note!

America’s Top Dog Models®

This event will air on WPTV-5 (West Palm Beach) Sunday February 9, 2014 at  1 – 1: 30 PM to coincide with America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest.

Throughout history animals have played a significant role in human’s lives. In early times, people found that human-animal relationships were important to their very survival. Today, pets are considered part of the family and often reflect people’s need for intimacy, nurturance and companionship.


“America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Awards ™” will air nationally on the Esquire Network (formerly the Style Network), Friday, February 28 at 5:30-6:00 AM.  The half-hour show is a “red carpet” event honoring these outstanding dogs that have made an extraordinary difference in people’s lives.  America’s Top Dog Model ® National Contest began in 2005 and included America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Award ™ recipients. 


Photos are available and you can view the preview by clicking this link:

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America’s Top Dog Model Golden Paw Awards  Wendy Foskey (L) holding Penny and Jo Jo Harder (R)

The show describes how Jo Jo Harder’s new book, ” How to Become a Top Dog Model”,  can take your pet from your home into the international scene.    The book is available in an E-Book and soft cover:

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Eileen Neuwirth holding America’s Top Dog Model, Golden Paw Award Recipient, Riley


On January 15, 2014, the tenth contest was launched in search of “top dogs that make a difference.”   This is a contest with a positive mission.  Those of us who have pets, know they make us happy. But scientific research has proven that animals, particularly dogs, also help promote psychological and physical health by providing companionship, reducing stress, promoting social interaction, encouraging exercise, and providing unconditional love.


Not all research is focused on humans. Recent studies have proven that dogs benefit from human interaction as well, thanks to the love, care, attention, exercise and socialization they get from their people. We want to know how your canine family member is benefiting from the exchange.  America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest theme is “Healthy Paws.” This competition will focus on how people and dogs keep each other healthy.

Winners and finalist are featured in an annual calendar, in Jo Jo Harder’s books, and they also win fabulous prizes. The contest runs until April 30, and the theme  is “Healthy Paws.” Contest information is available at:

During the many years of organizing America’s Top dog Model ® competition, Jo Jo Harder received numerous emails from around the world. The #1 question: How can I get my dog into modeling?   Seeing the need, Jo Jo combined her expertise as a fashion designer, stylist, writer, and former model to create “How to Become a Top Dog Model”, the “first” complete canine modeling guide.
Over the years, America’s Top Dog Model ® contests has collaborated and supported many community events and charities in South Florida and nationwideYou may listen to this recent interview on Paw Life Radio.  
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Jo Jo Harder (L) Creator of America’s Top Dog Model and Chloe Dolandis, Show host (R)

 How to Become A Top Dog Model”  E-book is currently available at eBook retailers “worldwide,” including: Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Gardners, Kobo, and Sony. The soft-cover is available on America’s Top Dog Model ® Website,, Baker & Taylor and selected stores nationwide.
This manual is packed with glamorous full-color photos and valuable information, including:
  • What it takes to be a top dog model
  • How to get started and stay on top
  • Expert advice on where to look for modeling job
  • Show to find an agent
  • How to create tools of the trade
  • Training information is provided so that prospective canine models can make a fabulous impression, whether strutting down a runway or being featured in a movie.
For self-respecting divas who would not think of turning down a day at the spa, a grooming section is devoted them. From a beauty parlor makeover to a pampering bath, stress relieving massage, and pedicure for pets, top dog models must always be well groomed.


Finally, America’s Top Dog Models ® share their career launching success stories about their journey to the top and why they are dogs that make a difference ™.


Readers will value the bonus section featuring 240 International resources, including: advertising agencies, model and talent agencies, canine couture, contests, training references, top dog designers, photographers, publications, spas, and organizations. 


Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards

Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards


Not only will this book benefit “aspiring” canine models, but also, advertising agencies, dog modeling agencies, dog groomers, dog trainers, pet retailers, canine fashion designers, print media and motion media producers.  

As a fashion designer, Jo Jo Harder’s clotting lines were sold in Nordstrom, Marshal Fields, Henri Bender, Fred Segal and other fine stores.  Author Jo Jo Harder has served as a consultant for many of America’s Top Dog Models ®. She has a passion for dogs and would love to hear from her readers and she will also make guest appearances. Contact the author at  

America’s Top Dog Models ® complete press file is available on line:
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Follow America’s Top Dog Model’s ® winning style on Pinterest:
Tweet Jo Jo Harder on Twitter:
Jo Jo Harder,  CEO/The Jo Jo Companies
Jo Jo Productions
Creator/America’s Top Dog Model ®     Boca Raton, FL
Tel: 561-212-2441

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