Buddha Bark Celebrity and Canine Style Lounge Debuts During the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Hosted by Actress Camille Guaty, Buddha Bark Founder Madison Svensson, and Stylist to the Stars Chaz Dean

LOS ANGELES, CA – Buddha Bark is the premiere wellness, pampering and gifting lounge for celebrities, media, tastemakers and their dogs to primp and prepare pre-awards shows, debuting in January 2010 during the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards. Created by canine wellness expert, Madison Svensson, her Buddha Bark event series is the first to bring together top experts and brands from both the celebrity lifestyle world and the canine wellness community. Intended to be fun and relaxing for guests, each event will benefit and draw attention to serious animal rights causes. Buddha Bark is about extending the circle of compassion by educating and promoting a lifestyle of harmony and wellness between humans and their canine companions.

Showcasing cutting-edge organic treatments, services and products for people and their pets, Buddha Bark will take place on Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16, 2009 from 11:00am – 5:00pm. A limited amount of tickets will be sold to the public for access on the second day. Find refuge in an exclusive Zen-inspired garden oasis located in the heart of the awards show action zone complete with bungalows, a dog park, salon, art gallery, fashion runway, performance art, walking gardens and more. For additional information, please visit www.buddhabark.com.

Hosted by Buddha Bark founder Madison Svensson, hair stylist to the stars Chaz Dean, and actress Camille Guaty, this pre-Golden Globes weekend retreat will take place at the gorgeous, canine friendly Chaz Dean Studio located at 6444 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. The January event will feature a canine couture fashion show, pet psychics, art exhibit, silent auction, doggie talent showcase, hair salon appointments, canine mini-massages, mobile groomers, dancing with dogs, agility demos, Frisbee dogs pet tricks, and the Buddha “Barkie” Awards Ceremony. Refreshments provided by Vitamin Water, Honest Tea, Coca Cola, Synergy Kombucha, and Hansen’s. The event will also feature celebrity dog lovers Jason Biggs, Daisy Fuentes, David Faustino, Corin Nemec, Rex Lee, Elaine Hendrix, and more.

Buddha Bark’s debut event will benefit Best Friends Animal Society and its campaign, “Puppies Aren’t Products,” which advocates supporting adoption and shelters rather than dishonest and inhumane pet retailers and breeders involved with puppy mills. Learn more here: http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/puppies_arent_products.cfm.

Celebrity and canine wellness experts will host a series of activities throughout both event days from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Dogs are welcome both days as are celebrities and VIP members of the media. The public is welcome to participate and bring their canine companions on the second day – Saturday, January 16th. Only socially well-adjusted, friendly dogs with shots and papers will be able to attend. Limited tickets priced at $100 are available if purchased by January 1st or $150 afterwards. Tickets include healthy food, beverage, lounge, entertainment, gift bags, fashion show and Barkie awards show attendance, entrance to wellness showcase and gardens, appointments based on availability with pet psychics, dog groomers, canine and people massage, mini facials, cleansing, and blowouts by Chaz Dean Studio. Gift bags to include Wen hair products, Buddha Balm, Yoga Fit, Daisy Fuentes Pilates DVD, Gamila, cookbooks, and more. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Best Friends Animal Society.

Planned activities, events and entertainment during Buddha Bark’s pre-Golden Globes pampering weekend:

Fashion Show presented by D.O.G. Pet Boutique –
A celebrity hosted doggie couture Spring 2010 fashion show featuring fun, themed outfits from the best dog fashion designers in the world. The show will run on both Friday and Saturday afternoon and will be presented by the world’s hottest pet boutique – D.O.G. (www.dogpetboutique.com).

Buddha “Barkie” Awards Show -
A celebrity-hosted awards show honoring inspirational dogs and amazing people who are making a difference in animal rights and quality of life. Categories include Most Inspiring Dog, Most Philanthropic Dog, Best Dog/ Human Team, Best Therapy Dog, Best Canine Charity, Best Brand Campaign. Nominees and winners will be announced January 2nd.

Art Gallery and Silent Auction to benefit Best Friends Animal Society –
The art gallery will showcase artistic expressions depicting man’s relationship with the canine world through photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and mixed media. Both humorous and dramatic pieces regarding a dog’s perspective on life will be included. Featured artists to include Nancy Levine (browneyesgallery.com), Andy Stolarek, Sam Price (mydogcollage.com), Shaun Alexander, Brian Nice, and Grace Chon. Auction items include a limited edition Chién Vivant Couture “Napolione” doggie bed (retail value $1,700), clothes by visionary couture and eco-designer Linda Loudermilk (http://www.lindaloudermilk.com), artwork, jewelry, spa services, and much more. Proceeds from Best Friends Animal Society Silent Auction will benefit its “Puppies Aren’t Products” campaign.

ArcheDream For HUMANKIND – living sculpture -
The ArcheDream For HUMANKIND dancers, will add to the magic of this weekend oasis with their international blacklight mask theater company that communicates universal ideas and emotions to promote understanding and compassion – http://www.adhk.org

Chaz Dean Salon -
Stylists from the studio will be pampering celebrities and media with salon appointments for blowouts, cleansing and styling.

Canine Wellness Services -
Pet Psychics, Canine mini-massages, and Canine Mobile Groomers will be available for canine appointments.

Entertainment -
Dancing with Dogs, Agility Demonstrations, Frisbee Dogs, Pet Tricks, DJs, and more

About the Hosts:
Madison Svensson is the founder and spokesperson of the Buddha Bark canine lounge event series. She is a canine wellness trainer and consultant. She is certified in Canine Massage, a member of IAAMB (International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork), a member of The Animal Wellness Association, and the producer of DJ Doggie canine bioacoustic music therapy CDs.

Celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean single-handedly transformed the beauty industry with the wildly successful WEN Hair & Body Care line. The all-natural line has replaced the harmful detergents and sulfates in soap and shampoo with nourishing botanical ingredients that work wonders on even the most dry, damaged and frizzy hair. When Dean is not focusing on developing new groundbreaking products and his personal clients, you’ll find him hiking with his dogs, who even have their own playground at the studio.

American actress Camille Guaty’s first big break came when she was a finalist on the WB’s reality show “Popstars,” which led to her film debut in the movie Chaos Theory and her television introduction as Maria, the maid in the sitcom “The Help.” Guaty has had major roles in the television shows “Raising Dad,” “Prison Break,” “Las Vegas” and in the Disney Channel original movie Gotta Kick It Up. She is currently starring on the hit ABC show “The Nine.” Of Buddha Bark founder Svensson, Guaty shares, “I am so supportive of Madison and everything she is doing for our furry four-legged friends. My two dogs were at a kill shelter and they’re the best decisions I have ever made. I support “Don’t shop, Adopt” and you should too! Let’s help give these amazing animals good homes.”

About the Event Venue:
Located in the heart of Hollywood, this private complex is a Zen-like refuge tucked away in a charming bungalow surrounded by bamboo and filled with the scent of eucalyptus and lavender. Chaz Dean chose to have no signage at his studio. Instead you’ll find ivy-covered walls, lush foliage, trickling fountains, calming sitting areas and hanging lanterns. The living room and parlor of this 1921 Craftsman home are filled with overstuffed velvet furniture in jewel tones and exquisite hand wrought iron surrounds the hanging mirrors at the stylist’s stations. The salon’s services include hair color and cuts, conditioning treatments and makeup application and lessons. Learn more at http://www.chazdean.com.

About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation. In 2009, Best Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary. More information at www.bestfriends.org

About the Golden Globes:
This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) 67th annual Golden Globe Awards® will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide with an estimated 14.5 million viewers and attendance by all major film and TV stars. HFPA members represent some 55 countries with a combined readership of more than 250 million. The Golden Globes is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. Today, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in 25 categories – 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television. Dick Clark Productions has produced the Golden Globes ceremony since 1983. All nominees will be invited such as Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sadibe, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Tobey Maguire, Marion Cotillard, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Michael Stuhlbarg. For more information please visit http://www.goldenglobes.org.

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