Big dogs, little dogs, workings dogs or toy dogs all could be seen at the fourth annual Mutt Strutt at Fiddler's Grove Saturday morning.
Annelise Metscher, vice-president of Country K-9, joked to the participates as they signed in, "Last year we were complaining about the cold, so we changed that for this year."
Country K-9 planned a whole day of events for owners and dogs to participate in, which included a scavenger hunt, a silent auction, doggie swimming pools, paw painting, microchipping by the Spray Station, competition for the smallest and tallest dog at Mutt Strutt, an obstacle course and a Schutzhund demonstration by the Middle Tennessee Working Dog Association.
"We are training for people with pets, service dogs and competition dogs," said Dave Taylor, training director of Middle Tennessee Working Dog Association. "We try to establish how to understand the dog, why he does what he does, how to motivate your dog to do the things you want him to do and how to fairly correct the dog so he learns what is acceptable behavior within his group.
"Mary (Bowden), a member of the club, is very active with the rescued dogs and we wanted to help if we could."
Also on hand were vendors like Marcia Davis and her oil paintings, SunTrust and WEMA's Search and Rescue Dogs, Stormy and Maggie.
"Right now, we have three operation dogs and six in training," said Dr. Melissa Riley of WEMA's Disaster Animal Response Team. "Stormy rescued a little boy in Mt. Juliet last October."
One could also meet the guest of honor, Triumph and her owner, Marion "Moe" Moeller.
"I was reading the story about Triumph and that was an amazing story. So, we told our granddaughter, Kiersten, that she could bring our little dog, Gracie, to participate. She wanted to meet Triumph," said Jody Harvey. "This is a neat event. I think it is wonderful that this many people came out."
Penny Boothe said, "It's our first year out here, but my friend Stephanie talked me to get a rescued dog. He's (Braxton) a happy addition to our home.
"When you can't have kids, maybe one might as well have baby puppies," joked Boothe.
The fourth annual Mutt Strutt was deemed a success by Metscher, "We exceeded our expectations. The good weather and attendance was so gratifying."
Over 175 people with their dogs attended Mutt Strutt and 25 dogs was microchipped. The event welded $3,000 and $7,000 for sponsorship money.
"The money will go primarily to veterinary fees, like spray and neutering costs and food and care cost," said Metscher. "We also planning to coordinate through Moe Moeller a special gift to Lebanon in the form of life saving equipment for animals that will be kept on the city's fire trucks."
For many attendees, the smiling, drooling faces of their worn out dogs made the day a sucess.
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