Rachael Ray and Olive the French Bulldog
Rachael Ray and Olive the French Bulldog
Photo by Laine Doss

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour

Here's a big South Beach Wine & Food Festival pro tip for Food Network fans. If you want to get up close and personal with Rachael Ray, you'd best be sporting a tail.

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour
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The celebrity chef and host of yesterday's Yappie Hour gave face time to every doggie guest at the event, going so far as to get down on all fours to enchant a skittish Greyhound.  

Unlike some star chefs at other ticketed events who stay behind a velvet rope, Ray was accessible and friendly, clearly happy to snap selfies with every four legged friend (and a few humans, too).

Lee Schrager and Rachael Ray at Yappie Hour
Lee Schrager and Rachael Ray at Yappie Hour
Photo by Laine Doss

SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager attended the event with his dogs. During his introduction of Ray, he said this was his  favorite festival party. Ray agreed with the statement, talking about her love for dogs and how
her personal proceeds from the sales of Nutrish pet foods go toward shelter animals.

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour
Photo by Laine Doss

In fact, if the sight of all these pooches gave you puppy envy, Rachael's Rescue was on hand with adorable puppies for adoption. 

Bailey looking good in a chef-inspired bandana
Bailey looking good in a chef-inspired bandana
Photo by Laine Doss

The event was well attended, with hundreds of Miami Beach's best looking bitches and studs wearing their Sunday best at The Standard Spa's waterfront deck .

Ollie enjoying a treat.
Ollie enjoying a treat.
Photo by Laine Doss

Magnificent mutts and petite purebreds chowed on Nutrish-branded treats while their human chaperones enjoyed passed bites.

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour
Photo by Laine Doss

Dogs were treated to ice cold water, courtesy of Tito's vodka.

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour
Photo by Laine Doss

Human booze hounds enjoyed Greyhound cocktails made with Tito's.

SOBEWFF 2016: Rachael Ray Finds Puppy Love at Yappie Hour
Photo by Laine Doss

Wine was provided by Chateau La Paws. Each bottle features a shelter dog on its label, and a portion of proceeds supports animal shelters.

Shayni of Miami Beach
Shayni of Miami Beach
Photo by Laine Doss

Madeline Kahan, who accompanied her dog Shayni to the Yappie Hour, said this was the best party she's been to. "I didn't know what to expect with all these dogs, but everyone's so well behaved." We know some humans who could learn a thing or two about manners from these happy (and yappie) pets.

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