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Skateboarding dog’s custom coats draw attention to ailing Raleigh girl

Skateboarding dog rides for a girl in need

Sir Ernest Bunnybottom, a Raleigh, NC corgi and his owner Edie Ferris have a young friend named Anika who needs a service dog to help with the seizures she has as a result of Baraitser-Winter Syndrome. Sprout Patterns, a division of Spoonflower,
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Sir Ernest Bunnybottom, a Raleigh, NC corgi and his owner Edie Ferris have a young friend named Anika who needs a service dog to help with the seizures she has as a result of Baraitser-Winter Syndrome. Sprout Patterns, a division of Spoonflower,

Sir Ernest Bunnybottom isn’t your ordinary skateboarder.

For starters, he shreds with four legs instead of two, and when this Raleigh corgi hits the pavement on his skateboard, he’s often clad in a stylish coat designed by his owner, Edie Farris.

Farris partnered with Sprout Patterns, a division of Durham’s Spoonflower custom fabric company, to create custom dog jackets for the pup. Fashionable skateboarding aside, the coats serve a greater purpose: building buzz for an important cause close to Sir Bunnybottom’s (and Farris’) heart.

The pooch makes videos and wears the coats in photos to attract publicity for a fundraising effort to purchase a service dog for a young Raleigh girl named Anika suffering from Baraitser-Winter Syndrome, which causes seizures. The service dog will provide support for Anika and help alert her and her caregivers when she has a medical emergency.

To learn more about the effort, visit firstgiving.com/fundraiser/tania-tully/4paws4anika.

To buy a pattern to create your own canine coat like Sir Bynnybottom’s, visit sproutpatterns.com/partners/mainsail-studio. And to watch Sir Ernest Bunnybottom skateboarding videos, go to facebook.com/sirbunnybottom.

Bevello birthday bash

Bevello boutique in Crabtree Valley Mall celebrates July birthdays with a party on Wednesday. Shoppers can nosh on sweets and bubbly, receive styling sessions, and those born in July will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. For details, call 919-785-2898.

Sidewalk sale

Summer deals hit the pavement at University Place in Chapel Hill during the shopping center’s Hot Diggity Days Sidewalk Sale, Friday through Sunday. Stores will offer special savings, and there will be live entertainment and family activities throughout the event. For more info, visit universityplacenc.com.

Fashion workshop

In conjunction with the “Made Especially for You by Willie Kay” exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History, fashion designer and bead artist Eric Ennis will host a workshop and artist-in-residence session on Saturday. From 1 to 3 p.m., Ennis will work on beaded pieces in the museum lobby. During the event, visitors can make a simple bead pin of their own. The drop-in program is free. For more details, visit ncmoh-programs.com.

Belk seeks kid models

Local Belk stores are on the lookout for child models ages 4-12 to participate in fashion shows during the stores’ KidFest on July 30. Parents and guardians can contact their local store to register and get more info on their child modeling in the show. Models will receive 20 percent off the clothes they wear during the show. To find your local Belk store, visit belk.com.

Lilly Coming to North Hills

Iconic preppy brand Lilly Pulitzer will open a standalone boutique in North Hills early next year. According to an announcement from the shopping center, the store will be in the 2,400-square-foot space currently occupied by Learning Express Toys. The shop will carry the brand’s signature colorful print clothing for women and girls.

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