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Yard Dog Charlie to hold ‘Early Bird’ Fourth

July 3, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Yard Dog Charlie's annual BBQ and Helping Paws Food and Supply Drive, the "Early Bird Special," takes place July 4 at Woody's Waterside from 2-5 p.m.

"Florida is famous for the 'Early Bird Specials'," Charlie said. "There are early bird breakfasts, early bird lunches and dinners, early bird movies, car deals and even boat deals. Just about every recreational activity has an early bird special. So I thought, why not an 'Early Bird' 4th of July Party and BBQ? And, at the same time help a local organization."

Charlie's wife Deb is very involved in helping to rescue and place abandoned pets and has become friends with Marnie Miszewski, owner of Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 non-profit, no kill shelter, housing almost 200 healthy cats and kittens as well as cats with special needs.

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Yard Dog Charlie Kuchler will be holding his annual Fourth of July event, the “Early Bird Special,” this Thursday at Woody’s Waterside in St. James City.


A big part of Charlie's event is to collect food and supplies for the shelter. Charlie has planned raffles and a 50/50 drawing and drink and food specials. Everyone that donates food, supplies or money to the shelter gets raffle tickets.

The shelter needs canned cat food, scoopable cat litter, premium dry cat food (Iams, Purina One, Science Diet, Grain Free, etc.), treats, paper towels, trash bags, bleach and other cleaning products. Also gift certificates from Publix, PetSmart, etc., are welcome."

"Come out early and party before the crazies come out to blow up our neighborhoods with hand-held fire works, scaring us and our pets half to death," Charlie said. "As always, the party features 'Florida Swamp Music' and plenty of cold beer."

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Woody's Waterside is at 3051 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. For information, call 239-283-5555 or visit

For more about Yard Dog Charlie, visit

Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary is at 10060 Mallory E. Parkway, Unit D, St. James City. For more about the facility, call 239-283-9100, or visit



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