Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Mutt Strut (In Memory Of Doc)

Photo: Chicago Canine Rescue
Many dog shelters and rescues have a run or a walk as a major fundraiser. The Chicago Canine Rescue's main goal is to help at-risk dogs by finding them forever homes. This fundraiser, The Mutt Strut 2012 will be especially poignant. Earlier this summer, one of the puppies "Doc" was punched in the head by his owner, until he died. Why did this happen? Because the owner, was upset that he had an accident in the house and became even more agitated while he was bathing him.

The irony was the owner's references were thoroughly checked out. The adoptive parent was a schoolteacher with the Chicago Public School system. He was only 25 years old and had a spotless record. This story was so shocking it made national news. Derek Fierro had turned himself in but by then it was too late.

The Mutt Strut

While this years Mutt Strut will be benefitting all dogs from the shelter when it happens on September 29th, there has been a special memorial fund set up in honor of Doc. If you live in Chicago, there's still time to sign up. Doc was one of seven dogs born in a litter who were named after the 7 dwarfs. It's a way to remember this little pup who may be gone but won't be forgotten. You can donate to Doc's Memorial Fund through this webpage.

Let's Discuss!

Did you participate in any shelter/rescue walks this summer? What were they like for you?

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  1. First off, awful story of poor Doc. So sad. I love watching Mutt Strut events but my dogs don't do well in them. My Lab Maya is too hyper and wants to say hi to every person and every dog. My other dog, an Aussie mix named Pieson, does not like other dogs.

  2. Hi Dawn, welcome to TKD. I have done a couple in the past, but could only bring two of my three dogs since the oldest one had a rear leg injury. It's hard when the other doesn't like other dogs. Sometimes they're better off leash.



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