photos by Meghan Simon and Ian Meyers

Surf ‘n Paws

Animal Synergy, Lionel’s Legacy, and KIRA: K9 International Rescue Association recently held their 2nd Annual Surf ‘n Paws event in late August. Held at Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation Center in Del Mar, the event was a collaborative effort to bring awareness to the world of animal rescue beyond shelters. More than 300 participants attended the event, which raised over $10,000 and included highlights such as underwater dog photography, swim sessions, a doggie splash zone, an appearance by DJ Iron T, and more than 18 local vendors offering food, art, and more.


KIRA: K9 International Rescue was formed by Vista resident Susan Rhodes in 2014 after the loss of her beloved pit bull-mastiff mix named Kira. Susan shared her story of rescuing and rehabilitating Kira with us in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of 92081 Magazine, and how her bond with Kira motivated her to continue to pursue the mission of rescuing abused and neglected dogs. “Our goal is to give these dogs a second chance at life,” explained Susan. “This mutual interchange of unconditional love makes us better people and when we live in that light, I believe we give off positive energy to others around us.” For more information on these organizations or the Surf ‘n Paws event visit,, or