Canines and the collision repair industry seem to go together, which is why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.
From Great Danes who run a shop in California called Top Dog Auto Body all the way to other collision centers that have a small pack onsite at all times greeting customers, many shop owners love their dogs and involve them in their daily business activities. All they ever need is a little love and an occasional treat, and they never growl about overtime, so there is definitely a strong bond between man's best friend and the body shop world.
Jim and Shellie Boyle, the owners of Regal Collision Repair in Vallejo, CA, do not paws for a millisecond when it comes to helping pet organizations in their area. Each year without exception, they step up and support the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB) in Vallejo through their participation in its annual Barkitecture Gala and Auction and other activities.
This year, the theme for the Barkitecture fundraiser featured an ancient Greek theme called "Animal House, Party Like An Animal." Held on April 14 at the USA World Classics Event Center in downtown Vallejo, more than 150 people attended a great evening complete with togas and olive wreathes. The Barkitecture’s evening included festive music, food from local restaurants, a premium raffle, a silent auction and a live auction of items generously donated exclusively for the Greek soiree.
Every year, the crew at Regal Collision, led by Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein, designs and builds a vehicle or other pet-related piece of usable art for this fundraiser. This year, they took a children’s toy car and turned it into a Greek temple on wheels.
Known for his nationally acclaimed paint jobs on literally hundreds of motorcycles, Kapfenstein owns and operates Killer Candy in Concord when he isn’t running the production at Regal. Kapfenstein dedicated more than 50 hours of his time to help the pets’ cause as a passionate artist/painter and the owner of two dogs named Simba and Nala.