Oct. 11 is the Phenom Foundation's first Mutt Strut, which will help dogs in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Chicago.
by David Compa
How do you make a fashion show with supermodels even more stylish? Add adorable, adoptable dogs. On Wednesday, the Phenom Foundation will host its first Mutt Strut. Ten to 12 adoptable dogs from local shelters will strut their stuff on the runway alongside models. The Phenom Foundation is a nonprofit based in Miami Beach, Fla., with satellite locations in New York City and Chicago. Its mission is to save dogs by providing resources to groups and individuals who already do rescue work. Miss Illinois 2016, Zena Malak, will co-host the event, and proceeds will help animals in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Chicago. Puerto Rico organizations include Adventures Satos, and . The Venezuela charity is . Phenom Foundation founder, Eric Muschinski, said that whatever is donated at the event, he will personally match it and give it to Chicago shelters. “We believe dogs are God’s gift to humans as the purest form of unconditional love and companionship,” Muschinski said. “We have the responsibility to step in when they are suffering, abused or neglected.” Muschinski hopes to eventually expand the focus to include children as well. “There are already amazing people and groups out there doing the dirty work,” he said. “We just need to give them financial resources to do more!” Muschinski, originally from Milwaukee, spent 21 years in Chicago. He moved away last year and currently splits his time between New York and Miami with his 9-month-old Bernese mountain dog, Phenom, the foundation’s mascot. Muschinski got the idea for the nonprofit when he traveled to the poorest parts of Mexico in 2014 with , an organization that helps local orphanages. “I would go on trips to Baja Mexico with them and was taken aback by all the stray dogs,” Muschinski said. “That was part of the inspiration to do my own thing and focus on animals.” The Wednesday event will feature adoptable dogs from ; ; and . When: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday Where: 606 Loft, 2605 W. Armitage Ave. Tickets: $35, includes two complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Why do women get all attractive if they don't want to be harassed? Glad you asked We want sex harassment to stop, right? So why are we so mean to female