DAVENPORT, Iowa — As a child on his grandfather’s farm in Mexico, Cesar Millan grew up working with animals. He had a special and natural way with dogs and as a child, he was called el perrero, “the dog boy.’’
Millan has turned his boyhood interest in dogs into a media empire of television, best-selling books, and appearances like the one he will make in Davenport on Friday, March 22.
Millan will share his remarkable success story when he appears in Davenport on March 22 at a fundraising event for Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities. Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.
The event will be held at the Davenport River Center with lunch at noon. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, call Gilda’s Club at (563) 326-7504. All proceeds will benefit Gilda’s programs.
Genesis Cancer Care Institute in Davenport provided financial support to bring Millan to the Quad Cities.
Millan crossed into the United States illegally from Mexico when he was 21. He spoke no English and did not know anyone in the U.S., but he already had a gift for handling and training dogs. He worked in a dog grooming store, worked with “problem” dogs and created a following with his clients. He created a dog training center in Los Angeles in 2002.
Millan is best known for his television series The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. The program is broadcast in more than 80 countries.
Millan is the author of three best-selling books, including Cesar’s Way, which has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. and is in print in 14 other countries.
The Gilda’s Club series has brought The Duchess of York, Academy Award winner Helen Hunt and celebrity chef Curtis Stone to past events.
To enjoy lunch with Cesar, hear about his life and career, or ask about your pesky pet, call Gilda’s Club at (563) 326-7504.