Celebrate ‘Mardi Paws’ at fundraiser in Del Mar

Dexter’s Deli and Spunky invite you to a “Mardi Paws” canine costume contest and “Barkus” Parade from 1-3 p.m. on “Fat Sunday,” Feb. 23, at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center.

Some folks may recognize Spunky, an aptly named terrier mix who became the unofficial mascot for Del Mar Community Connections after he was rescued in 2010 by DMCC’s program director Heather Glenn. Spunky helps advertise DMCC’s Lost Pet Alert Program on Del Mar’s community cable TV channel, which helps get the word out quickly whenever one of Del Mar’s four-legged (or two-winged) friends goes wandering.

When Spunky suffered a herniated disc last summer, his human companion faced the unthinkable: putting young Spunky down because cost of the surgery was prohibitive. That’s when the Foundation for Animal Care and Education entered the picture and offered a grant to cover the majority of Spunky’s tab. Now that Spunky has fully recovered from the surgery, he is partnering with Dexter’s Deli to hold a fundraiser for FACE as his way to “pay it forward.”

A suggested donation of $10 per dog includes Mardi Paws beads (no flashing required), a glass of wine, appetizers, doggy treat bag and a photo with your pet(s). Drawings will be held for door prizes. Spunky will crown a Mardi Paws king and queen after the Canine Costume Contest. Human companions may mingle and enjoy “whine,” cheese and a slice of king cake on the patio.

For more information or to register online, visit