The 7th Annual Mutt Strut is slated for Saturday, September 28 (rain date Sunday) on Cape May’s beachfront Promenade. This annual event, popular with locals and visitors alike, brings together dog owners and their canine companions for an enjoyable beachfront strut, the one time each year four-footed friends are permitted on the Promenade, other than the winter.
Registration is required to allow dogs on the Promenade and is held near Convention Hall on Beach Avenue near Gurney Street. The event takes place from 8 am to noon.
A donation of $1 per leg ($2/person, $4/dog) helps purchase K-9 Protective Vests for the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and supports area dog training and canine community programs of the event’s sponsor, Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club (CMCDOTC). In 2012 almost $3000 was donated toward K-9 vests. This year’s goal is to buy two vests costing $2200 each.
According to the Cape Cay County Sheriff’s Office “police K-9 vests are extremely important because K-9s are mostly deployed into high risk situations. They can get into places officers cannot and are often sent ahead to search for suspects. Unfortunately, K-9 vests are generally more expensive than human vests, but the K-9s deserve the same level of protection as their human partners. We are happy that CMCDOTC is working to help the Sheriff’s Office give our K-9s the proper protection as they serve faithfully to protect others”.
The event offers fun for all, with door prizes, giveaways, auction, children’s activity table and K-9 demonstrations, along with educational materials on dog ownership, training and adoption. Come! Enjoy the fun. And if you have no paws, come and support a good cause.
The Mutt Strut is held as part of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Responsible Dog Ownership Days, with over 600 events held annually in the US. According to AKC “this nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions”.