It’s going to be a doggone, tail-wagging party as the Bow Valley SPCA hosts the Mut Strut in Canmore on Saturday, September 10, 2011.
The walking paced pet parade is a fun event held to bring the community together and to raise money for operating expenses at the Canmore-based no-cage, no-kill adoption centre for cats and dogs. The event will open at 11 a.m. at the Canmore Civic Centre outdoor plaza with a registration table for those who have not already registered online. Opening ceremonies begin at 12 p.m. with a costume contest. Owners are invited to dress up their pets and themselves. There will also be a contest for biggest, smallest, and look alike contests. The walk will commence at 1 p.m. with whole event will lasting about three hours.
Any kind of pet is invited to join in the fun, including but not limited to cats, ferrets, parrots, and any other non-human friend. To really get involved and to help the Bow Valley SPCA people can create their own fund-raising website online. Just visit the Bow Valley SPCA website and click on the Mut Strut link. There you can set up your own fundraising page, ad a photo of your pet and compete with other people and groups to see who can raise the most money. All participants will get a doggie bag filled with goodies including a BVSPCA bandana.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Joseph Potts, BVSPCA vice-president said. “We are hoping for good weather but we are going to go rain or shine.”
The walk will go on a loop around the Bow River walking paths. It will end at Lion’s Park where there will be demonstrations by dog specialists and a fun fair atmosphere with draw prizes, info booths with free give aways. Frans Baars, dog behaviourist and dog sports coach with On the Trail, will have a dog agility course set up and he will run some dogs through the course. Annette Young, dog trainer from Wags Unlimited will also give a demonstration on dog obedience.
Even Mayor Ron Casey with the Town of Canmore is getting in on the action. On Casey’s request, By-Law will be giving out “Get Out of Jail Free” cards to people who raise at least $150. Then if a dog is picked up and put in a holding cell, the owner can present the card instead of paying the usual $100 fine.
There are going to be some other great prizes handed out at the event. Internationally award-winning cartoonist Patrick LaMontagne, of Cartoon Ink, has designed an awesome cartoon design for T-shirts that will be used as the prize for fund-raisers who raise $500. Anyone who raises $250 will get a BVSPCA logo T-shirt, and anyone who raises $150 will also get a BVSPCA logo stainless steel water bottle.
The top fundraiser will get the grand prize of two stand-by seats on an Alpine Helicopters tour, valued at over $500. There will also be prizes of dog gear from the Mut Hut Pet Emporium, a portrait of you and your pet by Pam Doyle Photography, and other great give aways.
Potts’s own fundraising website, Dogs Rule, has already raised $950 and he challenges any other team to beat his total. All of the participants in the fundraiser so far have raised a combined total of $9, 212 to August 30 and the goal is to raise $50,000 by Sept. 10.
Event sponsors who have generously donated to the cause include Pawshe Pooch, Purely Pets, Prestige Hair, Veronica’s Grooming, In-Dey-Go Fundraising, Pam Doyle Photography, Canmore Printcraft, Dirty Dog Pet Salon, Beamer’s Coffee Bar, Artisan Raw dog food, Bow River Veterinary Centre, Canmore Veterinary Hospital, Canmore Leader and Mountain FM.