Alison Moore was stunned when more than 200 canines congregated, waiting patiently for their turn to be petted by her father.
When Alison Moore began brainstorming ideas for her father’s 100th birthday celebration, there was one nonnegotiable for the festivities: Dogs needed to be there. As many pooches as possible.
“He just love, love, loves dogs,” Alison Moore, 60, said of her dad, Robert Moore, who turned 100 on June 14. “Every dog he sees, he wants to pet. He has been like that his whole life.”
In addition to a big family dinner on his birthday, Alison Moore and her two siblings wanted to do something extra to mark the milestone. Sadly, “a lot of his best friends aren’t with us anymore,” she said. So, she decided, dogs would have to do.
Six days before the celebration, Alison Moore posted on the neighborhood networking site Nextdoor, as well as Facebook, explaining her idea and asking for dogs in San Jose to stop by for a pet parade on June 17. People started sharing her post in other local groups on social media.
“We live in a nice little community, and I thought I could get some of my neighbors and friends to come,” said Alison Moore, adding that she planned for her father to sit outside her home with a banner and assemble a small line of dogs for him to admire and cuddle. Human treats and dog treats would be served.