You’re sure to give two paws up for “Playing With Dogs,” a Hartford Symphony Orchestra performance that’s merging music with mutts in a special show honoring man’s best friend—and featuring the story of a Connecticut Humane Society adopter and her pup.
The event, set for Saturday, May 20, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford from 7:30-9:30 p.m., features canine performers, agility and freestyle demonstrations, and happy “tails” of area dog owners. CHS adopter and supporter Laurie Boske will be appearing on stage with Gizmo, a shih tzu who became part of her family in 2013.
Gizmo arrived at CHS at 5 years old with demodectic mange that left his feet painful and swollen, his skin covered in scabs, and his fur matted—in the spots where he even had any left. He was so uncomfortable, he had trouble walking.
Gizmo needed a lot of help and a gentle touch from CHS veterinarians to heal his skin, along with frequent baths and foot soaks. After around 10 days of close monitoring by the medical team, Gizmo moved in with Laurie as a foster dog so he could enjoy the comforts of home while recovering and growing back his fluffy white fur.
He was only supposed to be a temporary house guest. But after fostering Gizmo for nearly two months, Laurie knew he wasn’t leaving her heart or her home. She officially adopted him, and they haven’t left each other’s side since. They hope that sharing their experience on stage will encourage others to adopt and even consider fostering.
The orchestra performance will be conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles and feature the talents of legendary Broadway animal trainer and CHS Gertrude O. Lewis Humanitarian Society inductee Bill Berloni. The event will be hosted by radio personality Renee DiNino.
You can also find CHS community ambassadors in the lobby before the show and at intermission to learn more about adoption, programs and available pets.