Maybe it could be called the Fido rose? Brad Jalbert of Langley's Select Roses has a new rose ready to be named, and he's chosen to let the Langley Animal Protection
Society auction off naming rights.
Jalbert grew up with dogs on his family spread, and currently has two cocker spaniels, on which he dotes.
He also puts a lot of care and attention into the rose varieties bred at his Langley property.
The rose up for auction this November is a florabunda, a gold coloured rose with scarlet edges, a fragrant bloom, and a bush about two and a half to three feet tall.
Normally, naming rights go for around $10,000 for a new rose variety, said Jalbert.
"It's because it's 10 years of our work," said Jalbert.
Some of Select Roses past efforts have been named for everything from philanthropists, to Sufi spiritual leaders, to country singer Loretta Lynn, to the Royal City Rose named in honour of New Westminster's 150th anniversary.
The name of a rose will be registered with an international body, and that name will exist as long as the rose is cultivated.
"They might name them for themselves, or a loved one," said Jalbert.
The rose auction will be of this year's annual LAPS gala fundraising event, said Sean Baker, director of the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.
The nokill shelter in Aldergrove benefits from the annual Furry Tail Endings event, this year to be held Nov. 2 at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley City.
There is always an auction at the gala, but for something as big as the rose naming, the bidding will have to start early. "We're opening this thing up ahead of time," said Baker.
People can place a bid by emailing email@example.com, by contacting them through the LAPS Facebook page, or by phoning 604-857-5055. Due to the value of the naming rights, the minimum bid is $1,000.
People placing pre-bids who can't make it to the gala will be able to have folks there to act as agents, and their bids will be made as auctioneer Jim Marsh sells the naming rights.
The Patti Dale Shelter, named for the late founder of LAPS, takes in both dogs and cats, and its staff act as animal control officers for the Langleys. They also wrangle everything from cattle to the odd emu.
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