The Oakville & Milton Humane Society hosts two “Mutt Struts” every year (Spring and Fall) as fund raisers for their operations.
When Ray adopted us and subsequently moved in during March 2013, he was exhibiting a number of traits which made it impractical to participate in these kinds off functions and so we decided not to enter the May event.
He did not know how to socialise correctly with other dogs; did not trust other dogs; did not trust other people, and liked lots of personal space. One can imagine how stressed he could get if forced into an area crowded with people and other dogs. It could well have been disastrous and would serve no functional purpose with regards to Ray adjusting to our world.
When the Fall “Mutt Strut” came around however, and noting so much improvement in Ray’s social skills, we decided to enter him! Given our ongoing appreciation of all the assistance that we have received from OMHS, we not only entered him, but also set him up with his own fund raising page so people could pledge financial support for him. Given that he had his own page, he also needed a photo showing who he was!
In anticipation of questions about the runners – no, Ray did not walk in them – yes, they were mine – yes, both pairs because I had a new pair for running and an old pair for just messing about!
The event worked out very well. We did manipulate circumstances to make Ray as comfortable as possible (avoiding crowded areas, children, and clearly excited dogs) and he did a remarkable job of participating.