October 9, 2012 > Mutt Strut
By Suzanne Ortt
Photos By Teofie Decierdo Photography
Fall is here, its time to get ready for the Mutt Strut. This annual New Haven Schools Foundation family-friendly fundraiser is set for Saturday, October 13. Held near the Masonic Home at 34400 Mission Boulevard in Union City, the morning begins with a pancake breakfast, hosted by Tri-Ced Community Recycling.
Treks will be up the hill and around Acacia Creek Retirement Community at the Masonic Home. Acacia Creek residents usually gather by their gate to offer doggie cookies and filled water bowls for participants.
Following the walk/run from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, four-legged participants, with their owners, can take on the challenges of a variety of dog games. In a Halloween tradition, a costume contest gives dogs the opportunity to amaze the crowd with clever "dress-ups." This year, National Frisbee Dog champion Mark Bucci and his dogs will demonstrate their prowess. An award ceremony and prize drawing conclude the morning festivities.
Throughout the celebration, DJ Jay Bennett will add musical entertainment. The Mutt Strut is just for fun and exercise with or without your dog(s). Participant fee includes goodie bag: $30 individual or with pet/$50 family rate/Children under age 10 are free. Additional breakfast tickets $5.
Fourth Annual Mutt Strut
Saturday, Oct 13
8 a.m. - 12 noon
Breakfast 8 a.m./Walk 9 a.m.
Games 10 a.m. - noon
34400 Mission Blvd., Union City
(510) 471-3850 (Barbara Aro-Valle)