Despite an overcast Saturday and a downright soggy Sunday, dedicated strutters converged on Ford Field for the 6th annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo. On Saturday walk day, it was a thrill to see an almost nonstop steam of strutters walk through the paw-print balloon arch and take to the sidewalks of West Dearborn.
Even during the Sunday downpour we bravely attempted a mini expo under our registration tent, and applaud the stalwart volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and Chihuahua reunion-ers who huddled together.
Watch the fun! A toe-tapping video courtesy of Ed Serecky, our very own petparazzi. Photo gallery coming soon. GreeningDetroit.com a major Media Source for this event.
Wriggles of thanks to our Best in Show presenting sponsor, Dr. Cheryl Good & Dearborn Family Pet Care
Woofs to all of our sponsors:
- Top Dogs: Oakwood Healthcare
- Paw-tners: City of Dearborn, GreeningDetroit.com, Dearborn Patch, Heritage newspapers
- Business Barkers: AAA Pet Service, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Dr. Alfred Faulkner, DogPoopBags.com
- Walk sponsors: Good Times Caffe, Happy the Clown, Pet Suite Retreat
Wags to our exhibitors & food vendors:
Blue Buffalo, Canine to Five, Costco, Dearborn Farmer’s Market, Friends Fido Bakery, Gentle Pet Protectors, Going Green Foundation, K-9 Komforts, Magic Dry Carpet Cleaning, Petco, Sweet P’s Organic Pet, Trenton Ice Cream & Concessions, Water Gait Rehabilitation
4 Paws Up to our en-FUR-tainers:
Arts & Scraps Mobile, caricaturist Ariel Echevarria, Doggie Dash De Lure, That Guy & Her ballooning and face painting, Ultimate Air Dogs
Pats to our donors:
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Buddy’s Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Campbell Paint & Wallpaper, Canine to Five, Cedar’s Coney Island & Grille, Celebrity Pets, Costco, Eastern Integrative Services, Ford Lanes, Four Paws Grooming Salon, Gentle Pet Protectors, Good Times Caffe, Happy the Clown, Image Salon by Devin, In Stock Marketing, Lorrie the Pet Psychic, Lynch’s Costumes, Malarkey’s, Native Soul Designs, Pet Suite Retreat, Petco, Wysong
Leaders of the Pack (Team):
- Team Pet N-on-the-Ritz: over $5,600
- Dearborn Family Pet Care: over $1,900
- Team GHOSM: over $1,900
Leaders of the Pack (Individual):
- Heather Mehi: $2,500
- Sandra Alviani: $1,340
- Robin Lemki: $1,291
A special bow to the over 70 volunteers who slipped and slid in the mud to make this event such a barking success! We couldn’t do it without you!
How did we do …
- Nearly 1,000 people & pups attended the event on Saturday
- Over $41,000 in pledges was raised for the animals
- To help green Mutt Strut and reduce our footprint on the environment, we: used biodegradable dog-waste bags; collected dog waste in special biodegradable recycle bins; did not print event signage; did not include paper fliers in attendee bags; attendee bags were re-usable backpacks made from recycled materials; eliminated pre-event mailings
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Source: Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter