Drawing Dallas • April 10, 2009

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 10:22am
By Mark Stokes Illustrator

Meet the young Filipino who moved to Dallas to be with his husband

Bunny boy


Who: Patrick Villafuerte

Age
: 21

Occupation
: Service industry.

Spotted at
: Osaka Sushi in Plano.

New in town
: Villafuerte hails from the Philippines and recently made the U.S. his home — the country where his husband lives.

Avid sportsman: loves tennis, volleyball and soccer.
Hopping around Oak Lawn: Enjoys lounging at Alexandre’s and shopping for candles at Nuvo.

See ya in church
: Plans on volunteering at The Cathedral of Hope.
Good egg: On Easter Sunday in the Philippines, he used to dress in a
festive bunny costume.


Dog day afternoon
Sunday’s Pooch Parade — a bitching affair


CASSIE AND DAX: It’s uncanny — actually — that oftentimes dog lovers so closely resemble their furry, four-footed friends. DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice

The 24th annual Pooch Parade is a fetching affair that gives canines and their admirers a chance to sniff around and relax in Robert E. Lee Park on Easter Sunday. The springtime parade is one of the Metroplex’s most enjoyable outdoor events (weather permitting). Around 10,000 people turn out for the festivities.

For Easter Sunday, sharp-tongued drag diva Cassie Nova (James Love) leans more toward Playboy Bunny than Peter Cottontail. Cassie’s Pomeranian, Dax, gets in the act, too — in case they want to enter the owner/pet look-a-like contest.

Registration for the Pooch Parade Contest begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per dog.
Dogs wearing Easter finery win prizes. Contest categories include: "Best Big Dog," "Best Little Dog," "Best Dressed Dog" and "Best Owner/Pet Look-A-Like." Celebrity judges will be on hand to decide the best in each of the four categories.

The event begins with a "Parade of Adoptable Dogs" at 12:45 p.m., followed by the Pooch Parade, and ending with a live concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra beginning at 3 p.m.

— Daniel A. Kusner

For information, call 972-380-7390 or visit TurtleCreekAssociation.org

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 10, 2009.

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