Please pardon Wolfie. The 11-year-old Maine Coon has been a bit of a party animal of late. While Rob Lowe was just a couple of blocks away for the Celebrating Women patron party, Wolfie was Hef-style cool and laid back Wednesday for the Zoo-to-Do patron party at his relatively new digs that he shares with Brett and Lester Levy.
Still boasting that “new-house” fragrance, the 11,00-square-foot mansion is filled with amazing art. In fact at one point, one guest mistook Wolfie as an objet d’art as he lounged on the coffee table. Not to worry. He put up with more strokes than a kayaker’s paddle. Nothing bothered him. Not even when John Kiser stuck his name tag on Wolfie’s head. Luckily, that situation didn’t last long enough to bother the cat that Lester had gotten as a kitten from the SPCA for Brett when they were dating upon the death of her previous cat.
But Wolfie wasn’t the only animal of note on this night. In fact, the whole purpose was a zoo full of critters and how the Dallas Zoological Society is growing funds to support them. According to Dallas Zoological Society Development VP Nancy Sausted, the fiscal year just completed was a record breaker with $1M coming to the zoo and the aquarium.
Benefiting the DZS, Zoo-to-Do Event Co-chairs Shelly and Tom Codd are expecting nearly 650 guests at the November 3rd fundraiser, where guests will be able to “graze” around in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit courtesy of 25 area chefs. For those who like to bid, there are the silent auction and the live one with trips, an evening in the Giants of the Savanna. . . in the Fig Tree and a safari of Dallas’ best restaurants.
Among the 90 patrons was Hal Brierley, who was headed to attend the vice-presidential debate the next night. . . Another guest was Dr. Lynn Kramer, who heads up the veterinary and animal welfare operation at the zoo. He may one of a few in Dallas who has a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. He was quick to point out that he doesn’t show or hunt his pooch. He just lets it lie around and enjoy being a pampered pet.
But hey! This was an animal-loving group who associate the world “wild” with the zoo residents, not with partying.
However, according to the chap who purchased the Levy’s former residence, the next night was a different story. Wolfie had his paws full when Brett and Lester hosted the launch party for Kimberly Whitman‘s and Hilary Kennedy‘s new talk show. Seems Dean Fearing, Johnny Reno and their Lost Coyote band’s playing by the pool was one thing, but when Johnny Law took over the entertaining, it was so loud . . . how loud was it?
Yup, Wolfie had some explaining to do to the boys in blue.