Raconteur Rawlins Gilliland celebrated his birthday these past few days with the high-and-mighty (dinner with Neiman’s President/CEO Karen Katz) and the down-and-dirty.
Whoa! What was that last group?
It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but that’s the way it turned out Sunday afternoon at cute Seth Smith‘s Lee Harvey’s. Thanks to Rawlins’ pals “Reid & Kathi,” a non-global warming chill and off-and-on-rain, a celebration of people and pooches turned into muddy paws (pictured), lots of laughs and the type of birthday gifts any non-profit loves — donations to the birthday boy’s favorite cause, Dog & Kitty City Shelter/Sanctuary.
On hand to help Rawlins greet guests were his two favorite gals (pictured with Rawlins), Mona (the Chihuahua) and Honey (the best of all breeds in one). Both of them had been ladies-in-desperate-need when the former NM exec discovered them. Now, they’re ladies of extreme leisure and luxury.
And speaking of ladies, animal-loving Kristina Bowman and Liz Perales were part of the group feting Rawlins but they opted to leave their pooches at home.
Kristina reported that the trail ride scheduled Saturday along the Trinity River “sorta happened.” It seems that due to the weather it was officially canceled. But not all of the riders got the message and some showed up anyhow and rode their ponies along the Trinity, where an equestrian center is planned. Those who got the email and didn’t show were disappointed that a ride was held anyhow. Now plans are underway for another ride. You know riders — any excuse to ride your horse is a good one.
But it wasn’t just dogs and guests Sunday. Please! A Rawlins event needs a flavor of international romance and music. And, so it was with all types of music playing safely covered on the patio.
P.S. – Bacon (pictured), Lee Harvey’s bar cat, evidently took the day off. You can’t blame a feline with that passel of pooches in the place.