My daughter and friends and Ian Somerholder

Here’s a link to the article about Greer and Ian Somerholder: If you go to www.theadvertiser.com, you can see the whole article and photographs. Needless to say, the girls had fun!

Strut Your Mutt boasts a celebrity supporter
12:47 AM, Sep 23, 2012 |

Written by
Claire Taylor
NEW VIDEO: ‘Vampire’ actor Ian Somerhalder at Strut Your Mutt

Pugs and poodles and Pomeranians padded out to Parc Sans Souci on Saturday for a doggone good time at the Strut Your Mutt fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Society.

While dogs dominated the day, teens-turned-paparazzi were more interested in a two-legged guest: Ian Somerhalder, star of the hit CW show “The Vampire Diaries.”

A native of Covington, Somerhalder has appeared in several movies and television series. While popular now for his role as Damon Salvatore of “The Vampire Diaries,” it was his role as Boone on the hit TV series “Lost” that got him noticed.

Somerhalder participated as a team captain in Saturday’s event to bring attention and donations to organizations that support animals, particularly his Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

Somerhalder told the crowd he’s buying a farm in Tangipahoa to create a “completely green, sustainable, off-the-grid animal sanctuary.” The ISF Animal Sanctuary will be a youth education camp where bullies will go to work with the animals to co-rehabilitate.

“I invite you all to come and hang out with us and volunteer and work with these animals,” Somerhalder said. “I will be there a lot “ยป and we will house and save a ton of animals and help youth that need our help.”

It was easy to spot Somerhalder among the hundreds gathered downtown Saturday. You just had to look for the crowd of teens snapping photos with their cellphones everywhere he went.

Annabelle Greer Naudin of Lafayette and three teen friends were hot and out of breath at the end of the Strut Your Mutt walk, led by Somerhalder.

“We walked right beside him the entire way. It was so amazing,” said Annabelle, a fan who watches “The Vampire Diaries” every week. “I love my dog, but he’s the main reason” she attended the event.

“We love him,” Lucia Pacheco of Mexico, a student at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, said.

“I told him, ‘We love you,’ and he said, ‘I love you, too,'” Lucia Padilla added.

Natalia Corona Lopez, also from Mexico, said she told Somerhalder that the group is from Mexico, “and we came here just for you.”

“I got him to wish my friend a happy birthday,” Annabelle added.

Dogs and their owners participating in Saturday’s event could have their photos taken in the kissing booth or win prizes for best kisser and best dancer.

Angie Santiny’s pug, Gabby, took second place for best kisser for showering her daddy, Chad Cain, with love. Her doggie sister, Bella, also a pug, watched from the sidelines.

“Both our dogs are rescue dogs, so we’re supporting the Acadiana Humane Society,” Santiny said. “That’s where Gabby comes from.”

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