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Mutt Strut a howling success

Last Saturday's Third Annual Friends of Animals Mutt Strut began with a brisk, sunny morning as dogs of all sizes and breeds and their owners filed in to register for the event. 

Emcee Ted Schick kept the event flowing along smoothly as he entertained the crowd and encouraged them to visit the mini obstacle course, get doggie toe nails trimmed for a nominal fee or be amazed as they watched local master dog trainer Ram Reizel's border collie, Huck, ace the agility course. Reizel also shared advice with pet owners who had questions about obedience training or problem pet behaviors (common reasons pets end up at animal shelters). 

Face painting was available for the kids as well as contests galore: cutest puppy, best tail wagger, best pet trick (dancing poodle, drinking coffee and a lab picking up a quarter), sit and stay and, finally, the pet/owner look alike. The Strut itself is a nice leisurely stroll around Pinehurst Park. A Cloquet Girl Scout troop volunteered to help as crossing guards for the Strut and many other volunteers offered their services in a variety of ways to help make the annual event for pets and their owners a success.

Most of the proceeds from Mutt Strut will be used for the spay/ neuter program.