Extreme Mutt Makeover is back, and the folks at the Humane Society of North Texas are working overtime to make this the best EMM yet! This year fourteen incredibly lucky dogs have been plucked from overcrowded shelters around the Metroplex where they were abandoned, unwanted, deemed difficult (or impossible) to adopt, and destined for euthanasia. None have any formal training. Each was chosen from shelters and rescue groups across North Texas by HSNT evaluators , and now each one will be given a new leash on life and a chance to be chosen “top dog” at Extreme Mutt Makeover 2011.
Fourteen volunteer trainers from Texas and Missouri have been selected to participate — including the first-ever teen trainer — and each has a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. This past weekend, as every year before, a drawing was held to match each trainer with one of the dogs. But this year there was a new twist to the drawing – instead of EMM organizers drawing names, the EMM dogs got to choose their trainers by drawing toys out of a basket. The toy they chose was labeled with the name of their new trainer.
Fourteen dog/trainer pairs will now have eight weeks to build a relationship with each other, complete basic obedience training, prepare to compete on the special Mutt Makeover obstacle course, and learn a few particularly challenging skills chosen just for them. One remaining dog will serve as an alternate in case one of the canine participants is injured.
All their hard work and training will pay off as they demonstrate their skills September 16 and 17 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, during the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover. On Friday and Saturday, all the dogs and their trainers will show off their preliminary obedience training and mastery of specified obstacle course elements. The top three highest scoring dogs and their trainers will then compete for cash prizes and awards in the finals on Saturday night. Four judges will be scoring the mutts as they go through their paces for the crowd. Judges will include three experienced canine professional judges, and 95.9 The Ranch Radio’s Taylor Scott, who returns as celebrity judge again this year. The alternate, and another EMM dog who was unable to be part of the competition due to unexpected developments, will be returning for special demonstrations at the event finals as well.
You can find out more about the fourteen dogs chosen to participate in Extreme Mutt Makeover 2011and their trainers by reading “Meet the Extreme Mutt Makeover 2011 dogs and their trainers.” You’ll also find links to each dog’s Facebook page where you can find updates from the trainers and see photos as these lucky dogs go from unadoptable and abandoned to valuable, adoptable, and famous in just eight short weeks! And don’t forget to LIKE your favorites on Facebook — the dog who gets the most friends prior to the event will win $500 for the shelter and the other homeless dogs left behind.
For over 100 years, the Humane Society of North Texas has acted as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection. Sixty-two homeless dogs found homes last year during Extreme Mutt Makeover. This year the ASPCA will join returning sponsors Time N Timber Ranch and Vetricyn. The ASPCA’s support is intended to help the 2011 Makeover dogs and many others find new homes and share the message that shelter dogs can shine. It’s working. Already this year, several dogs have found forever homes as a result of the publicity surrounding the competition.
For more information: Mutt Makeover is the concept of The Mustang Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works together with the Bureau of Land Management to place unwanted mustang horses. The 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover event will feature more than 200 formerly wild horses competing for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.
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