McMillen Fine Art Photography will host a Yappy Hour |

McMillen Fine Art Photography will host a Yappy Hour

The McMillen Fine Art Photography's Yappy Hour will not only raise awareness to pitbull mix dogs like this, but also help raise money for Friends of Animals Utah. (Photo by Trish McMillen)

Many people prefer flavors or colors of wines that match their personalities, but has anyone heard of matching wines to a dog’s personality?

Trish McMillen, who owns McMillen Fine Art Photography at Redstone with her husband Jared, has thought about that concept and decided to host what she calls a Yappy Hour on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The event, which will be held at the newly opened McMillen Fine Art Photography, is being hosted in partnership with the Fox School of Wine that will raise money for Friends of Animals Utah (FOA).

"We will be selecting wines and pairing those with the personalities of various dogs that I had photographed at the FOA Utah rehabilitation ranch in Brown’s Canyon," McMillen explained. "I had photographed 12 dogs, unfortunately one has passed away.

"We’ll have black-and-white portraits of 11 dogs that are on 16-inch-by16-inch canvases that will be available for a silent auction."

McMillen’s goal was to photograph the furry friends that needed a little more attention in the adoption process.

"In doing so, we focused on adult dogs over the age of six," she explained. "We also tried to photograph as many black and gray dogs as we could, because Lisa Allison (the executive director of Friends of Animals) informed us that those dogs are most commonly overlooked for adoption."

In addition to raising money through the silent auction, McMillen Fine Art will be collecting donations at the door.

"As an added bonus, if anyone purchases one of the pieces hanging in our gallery, we’ll donate 30 percent of the proceeds," she said.

Even if people lose out on the auction, they will still be able take something home.

"Each participant will get a McMillen Fine Art wine glass and a doggy bag of goodies," McMillen said. "We’re hoping it will be successful."

The idea for Yappy Hour started after the McMillens, who relocated to Park City from Las Vegas, Nev., have held annual benefits for charities through their galleries.

"This year, since we opened up a new gallery in Park City, we wanted to do something here," McMillen said. "We’re big dog people and have two dogs of our own, and after hearing some great things about Friends of Animals Utah, we thought they might be a good charity to work with."

The McMillen dogs are named Bob and Jabba.

"Bob, our Bernese, is 11 years old, but people often mistake him for a juvenile," McMillen said. "He’s spunky and fun and has a great sense of humor."

Jabba, which they call "Jibber Dog," is a pitbull and terrier mix.

"He actually found us," McMillen said. "One day, when we had two Berneses, I was out walking them and he came out of nowhere and he followed me home.

"I tried to shoo him away, but I got home and he just sat outside, so I got him some water and food, because I thought he might be hungry," she said. "That’s when he just started barking and barking and my husband asked what the commotion was."

McMillen opened the door and Jabba ran to her husband and started to carwash his face.

"For four months we tried to find his owner and just figured one day that the dog wasn’t going anywhere," she said. "So, we took him in."

For the Yappy Hour, the McMillens got in touch with Kirsten Fox, headmaster of the Fox School of Wine, through a mutual friend, Erin Grady.

"Erin told us that Kirsten was a lot of fun and has a total appreciation for wine," McMillen said. "Since my husband and I love our wine trips to Napa Valley in California, which we try to go on every year, we thought it was another great idea.

"When we met with Kirsten, it was as if a great relationship had ignited," McMillen said. "She is a very creative person and had some more ideas, so Jared and I knew we had to work with her."

Although the night is about dogs and wine, this year’s events will not feature any live dogs.

"We thought about it, but decided not to invite any this year," she said. "But hopefully for the event next year, we will."

McMillen Fine Art Photography, 1678 West Redstone Center Dr., Suite 120, at Kimball Junction, will host a benefit for Friends of Animals Utah on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The event, open to anyone aged 21 and older. The cost is $40 per person and $75 per couple in advance. Admission will be $50 per person the day of the event. Space is limited. For more information, call (435) 575-1270.

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