The pictures of Michael and Murray were taken March 30, 2003. Murray wasn't Michael's dog, he was a loaner so Michael could pose and make us happy.
The function was put on by a charitable organization for abused and abandoned animals. For a sizable donation you can attend with your pedigreed pet. Mostly dogs I think.
Cats are too smart to go to charity benefits. ;D
I remember how totally depressed I was when, early the next morning I called and tried to buy Murray, but he wasn't for sale. Dang, the thought of having a dog that Michael had petted and fondled and held on his lap was sooooooooo exciting.