Another great Mutt Strut

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Once again, the Suffolk Humane Society has put together an excellent event for animals and people.

While it was an enjoyable afternoon for all of the people and dogs at the event, the real winners will be the dogs and cats who are helped through the work of the Suffolk Humane Society, which Sunday’s ninth annual Mutt Strut will help fund.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of folks came to the event, and most had a dog or two on a leash. From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, dogs of all sizes and colors, whether purebred or mutts, enjoyed their favorite pastimes — drooling, sniffing things and playing with other dogs.

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Of course, there was also the talent show, Frosty Paws eating contest and lure coursing for dogs to enjoy, so we’re sure they had a great time.

As for the people, the event wasn’t short on vendors, dog rescue groups with adoptable animals, canine demonstrations, a silent auction, entertainment, a cornhole tournament and the pledge walk for humans to enjoy.

Humans and dogs alike were blessed by the Blessing of the Animals performed by the Rev. Eileen Walsh of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Portsmouth.

The weather was unusually cool for May, which was good for people, as well as the dogs who may not have otherwise been able to attend. As a result, it was one of the most well attended Mutt Struts ever.

The funds raised at Mutt Strut will be used to support the many important programs of the Suffolk Humane Society. The society promotes humane education, low-cost spay/neuter programs and more. It fosters animals from Suffolk Animal Control, giving them a better chance of adoption.

Praise goes to the Suffolk Humane Society for the work it does as well as for the excellent events, such as Sunday’s Mutt Strut, it puts together.