Mutt Strut: A dogs' day in CloquetThis year, Mutt Strut walkers enjoyed a scenic one-mile walk on a brisk, sunny Saturday morning that included Voyager and Spafford parks along the river.
This year, Mutt Strut walkers enjoyed a scenic one-mile walk on a brisk, sunny Saturday morning that included Voyager and Spafford parks along the river. Many of the walkers commented on how much they enjoyed the views and were not aware of this beautiful area..
The fourth annual Mutt Strut — a fundraiser for the Friends of Animals Humane Society — was held at Veterans Park instead of Pinehurst Park. The reason cited was safety as the walkers were on the roads at Pinehurst. Ted Schick returned as emcee of the event, and the strutters welcomed newcomer Father Justin Fish, who did a prayer and blessing of the dogs.
Gail Lundgren of Moose Lake was a double winner at the Mutt Strut, winning both the raffle and prizes for most sponsorships.
A little curly headed tot from Cloquet, Jace Nelson, raised close to $200 with the help of his mom and other family members in lieu of gifts for his second birthday on Saturday and donated the money to FOA.
Champ, the UMD mascot was there again as was Ram Reizel, a professional dog trainer. Ram had an agility course set up and helped anyone interested teach their dogs how to use it as well as brought his own dog to run the course.
Numbers were down this year, with an estimated $2,500 raised. FOA will hold a bike rally fundraiser starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the shelter.
For more information visit www.foaonline.org