OK, so you may be wondering how a little dog got involved with a fashion show?
It all started when a five pound pooch named Schmitty, would pass by Ladder Co. #25 on her way to Central Park to run and play. The firehouse was a 1/2 block away from where she lived. The firemen always petted Schmitty, gave her treats, and kidded her about her immense size. One day, some of the firemen were not there anymore. Instead there were all these flowers and candles in front of the station and a lot of people just staring and crying and hugging each other.
That's when Schmitty found out about the 9/11 disaster and how 9 brave firefighters from her neighborhood station were lost in the World Trade Center saving others. Schmitty was so sad. She just couldn't sit still. She's a terrier, remember? Schmitty just had to do something! She couldn't give blood and was too small to try and help in the "big dog" rescue efforts. So, Schmitty gave a donation to the families of the firefighters at Ladder Co. #25 along with a picture of her in patriotic red, white and blue sunglasses. Her firefighter friends hung it on the wall of the firehouse.
One day at the firestation, two women with tears running down their cheeks were pointing to Schmitty's picture and laughing. Then the women looked down and saw Schmitty walk by and they started smiling and hugging her. That's when Schmitty knew . . . she knew what she could do. Schmity could make people giggle, even through their tears.
So, she went to a studio near Union Square and posed for some pictures . . . some patriotic, some sentimental, and some just plain silly. A very creative friend, David, who works for an ad agency in Boston, helped put together some greeting cards from the fun pictures. Another friend, Chad from Los Angeles, helped design Schmitty's website, www.schmittysays.com. All the profits from her cards went to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund.
Schmitty's giving back has snowballed into new projects and products. As a result of Katrina, a LIVESTRONG like collar for dogs was created with all the proceeds going to animal shelters across the country helping displaced animals after the big hurricane. Ellen DeGeneres flew Schmitty out to Los Angeles to be on her show. Billy Bush called Schmitty a Hollywood Hero when she was a guest on ACCESS Hollywood.
The Real New Yorkie's philanthropy and products has garnered fan letters from former Presidents (#41 to be exact) and has opened doors and arms of celebrities like pet lovers Betty White and Oprah. Not bad for a five pound pooch.
While traveling across the country on her BARK THE VOTE tour during the 2008 Presidential Election, Schmitty started doing the weather with Meteorologist Ron Trotta. Now Schmitty The Weather Dog and her weatherman partner, Ron are the official weather team of the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. That's how a BFF friendship started with the voice of Westminster, David Frei.
Schmitty is now busy helping to raise money for David's charity, Angel On A Leash, thru her New Yorkie Runway Fashion Show at the pet friendly New Yorker Hotel. Celebs and NYC personalities with their pups will once again strut their stuff in New Yorkie® fashions during Westminster and NYC Fashion Week.
This little dog with a big heart continues to inspire thru her fun New Yorkie® products and events.