The hostess has a large house and huge yard, and its always a nice place to gather. She also has three dogs, two lab mixes and a border collie. These were joined by a cairn and an english setter, brought by attendees.
Now, anyone who knows me knows I love animals. Love dogs. LOVE them. But people, if your dog barks constantly, or your guests have to constantly watch their food and move it away from eager muzzles, it's time to lock the dogs in the bedroom.