More than 100 pet parents and their canine companions enjoyed a fun run (or walk) followed by a costume contest during the Halloween-themed Third Annual Mutt Strut at Union City’s .
Held Oct. 15, the event also featured a barbecue lunch, doggy games and an assortment of local vendors to help raise funds for the New Haven Schools Foundation.
Twin dachshunds (also known as wiener dogs) dressed as matching hotdogs, a puppy dressed as a princess and a terrier in convict clothing were among the many fancifully dressed canine contestants who competed in the dog show emceed by Richard Valle, CEO of Tri-CED Community Recycle and member of the NHSF advisory board.
All proceeds from the day (just like all other NHSF events) will go toward the foundation’s scholarship fund.
Last year’s Mutt Strut raised $11,000 for the foundation, according to Barbara Aro-Valle, executive director of the New Haven Schools Foundation.
“The day was more of a success than we had hoped for,” said Michael Ritchie, the foundation’s secretary.
About 60 people preregistered for the event with another 25 registering that morning, according to Ritchie.
“We have been bringing Buster for the past two years. He enjoys being around the other dogs in such a festive environment. Plus, dogs in costumes always equals a good time,” said Melinda Veracruz who, along with her kids, Maritza, 11, and Sam, 9, brought their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Buster.
In addition to those registered to take part in the day’s activities were visitors from up the hill — residents of the Masonic Home and the Acacia Creek Retirement Community.
“I came down last year and had such a great time, I thought I’d visit again. I’m sure glad I did,” said Masonic Home resident, Bill.
To see highlights from the dog show, visit the photo gallery above.