Strutt Your Mutt 2018 – What a great success!
If you missed Dogtown’s “2018 Strutt Your Mutt” well then you missed out on the event of the year! But fear not, I am here to tell you exactly what went down this past weekend. This was only the second time Dogtown hosted the Strutt your Mutt and the first one was waaaaay back before my time, so this was quite an experience for me. At first I was not entirely sure how something like this could work in terms of logistics but Tracy was adamant that it is a great event and she was right!
Basically it’s a bragging-day for parents of adopted / rescued dogs. Truth be told, my day pretty much consisted of oooh-ing and aaaah-ing and hearing all the amazing stories and adventures about these awesome dogs from their families.
Strutt Your Mutt was sponsored by Montego and they had an awesome presence on the day. We are so proud to be associated with them. Other than a platform for adoptive parents to brag about their dogs, Montego of course had a BIG REVEAL up their sleeve for later that day! More about that later.
So here’s how it worked. We had 3 celebrity judges on board who spend the day making very difficult decisions about which dog had the wiggliest bum, the biggest smile, the cutest trick….. they had their work cut out for them! I mean how do you look at 20 wiggle bums wiggling their tails for all they are worth… and choose a winner? Lucky for me I got to stand on the side lines and just giggle at the wiggles, so to speak 🙂 Our judging panel consisted of the beautiful and lovely Mary-Ann Barlow, the witty and entertaining Al Prodgers and last but not least the handsome and charming Armand Du Plessis.
So each category got called out by our very entertaining MC, Jon Gerrike and the proud families and their beautiful rescues came to strutt their stuff. Montego provided stunning prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category, not to mention the custom made rosettes which the winners proudly wore on their harnesses all day!
For me the best part was seeing so many Dogtown adopted dogs enter the various categories and catching up with their families about how they are doing in their homes. It is so rewarding seeing them in such good condition, loved and cherished and proudly parading for Mr & Ms Rescue! A defining moment of the day for me was when Micah, who was adopted from us 2 years ago, saw James her caregiver. I dont know who was happier to see who but they ended up laying on the floor cuddling for a few minutes while we all just stood watching them. It was so special.
Another big moment for me was when our beautiful Karma was crowned as Ms Rescue 2018. I think I speak on behalf of all the Dogtown staff when I say that our hearts just about jumped out of our chests. We were so proud of our little Karma! Bur more so was her dad, I think that was the proudest moment of his life!
So inbetween all the judging and ooooh-ing and aaaah-ing our guests could have some delicious hot dogs which we had on sale as well as browse our shop to check out all our cool new merchandise. All our adoptive families also received awesome Montego Goodie bags on arrival.
Then of course the Montego Big Reveal happened and boy you should have seen everybody’s faces (including ours) when they lifted the sheet and there she was…… the most beautiful, brand new, branded and sparkly NISSAN NP200 loaded to the brim with Montego Dog Food! We were at a loss for words. We have been in such desperate need of a new vehicle for Dogtown, this was quite literally a wish come true for us! We have no words to thank our family at Montego! They have been supporting us for years and we are honored to have them in our corner!
There is no doubt that this will become an annual event at Dogtown. So if you have a rescued dog (of course you do)… get ready! Start working on that bum wiggle (the dog’s too), the cutest trick and keep an eye on our page for Spring next year!
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