Mutt Strut: Mutt Monday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Last Saturday, we joined in the fun of Rohnert Park Animal Shelter’s Mutt Strut. After hunkering down at dog level we awaited the returning fundraising teams. Fun to see mutts from the truly tiny to a Great Pyrenees. 


 We got a wonderful surprise to see a dog from the Sighthound category. The breed’s name is Borzoi, but is also known as the Russian Wolfhound.  One of the largest dog breeds in the world . It originated in Central Asia and was brought to Russia. This large dog can reach a height of 80 cm at the shoulder. A dear friend of mine searched for years to find one available for adoption.

So when you see a purebred dog, you never know if that dog came from buying or rescuing or adopting from a shelter as an older dog. I adopted two perfectly healthy and lovely keeshonds that had “failed out” of three homes before they were one year old.

What fun to see both leggy hounds, square-shaped terriers and tiny dogs all parading!

One happy leggy dog.

One happy leggy dog.

Before we left we bought a book entitled The Rescue from author, Kristina Ashley. I liked her and her sign that for every book purchased at Mutt Strut she would donated a dollar to the animal shelter. After chatting for a few minutes, I remembered I had read about her book for children in my local newspaper. Find her book, The Rescue by clicking on the title in this line.

To visit, click on this Rohnert Park Animal Shelter.

Please adopt, don’t shop!

Shelter dogs wait for their forever families, go see what all the great pets or volunteer. 

We even saw a blood hound and watched a costume contest.

Blood Hound in Mutt Strut raising money for shelter pets.

Blood Hound in Mutt Strut raising money for shelter pets.

Costume contest winners patiently wore an assortment of dresses, and full body gear. All kids who entered won a goody bag. I liked that they offered one costume contest for kids and one for adults.

Here’s our favorite dog costume made by brother and sister. They won first place.


 What a great time we shared.

Malakai, a Great Pyrenees walking for shelter pets

Strutting for shelter pets

About dogleadermysteries

Deborah blogs to save dogs' lives and dog lovers' sanity. She blogs at Her mysteries brim with action, dog characters, humor and animal rescue plots. Deborah wo a guest artist in residency from California’s Artists in the Schools. She holds an M.A. from UCLA and has led numerous educational workshops. Deborah has parented five adopted dogs and several house rabbits. Deborah serves as Author Support Facilitator for Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club.
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2 Responses to Mutt Strut: Mutt Monday

  1. ILoveDogs says:

    Sounds like a fun event. I love that Hawaiian costume! Cute. Those kids did a good job. :)

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