April 28, 2013

Letter: Thanks to all

— The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia 2013 Strut Your Mutt event at Dalton Green was a beautiful day. Both furry friends and humans really enjoyed themselves with lots of wags, woofs, smiles and laughter.

A huge thank you to Jeff Mutter for another outstanding job as our emcee. Thank you to judges for their difficult task to determine winners of the contests: Gina Davis of Dalton Animal Care, Timothy O’Boyle of Professional Eye Associates and Jim Vanderpool of Petco.

Congratulations to all the pet contest winners. A very heartfelt thank you to Trooper and his mom, Christie Peeler, leading our “strut” walk with a “VIP” Dalton Police escort through town. Trooper was found with a rope-collar embedded in his neck, a broken leg and malnourished. After much medical attention, awesome donors and lots of TLC he found his fur-ever family. So happy for Trooper!

Some of our adoptable dogs were introduced by Rita Burrows and showcased by walking the red carpet. People cast their votes and Petey won the Top Dog of the Strut title.  

Chef Chris Daniels was back and grilled some delicious hot dogs with great service by Girl Scout Troop 8245. Girl Scout Troop 8245 also helped with face painting at our new area, Central Bark. A special thank you to all the Central Bark volunteers for their hard work and patience for this first “adventure.” As always, Patricia Bell demonstrated her great photography talents as did Misty Watson of The Daily Citizen.

The success of Strut Your Mutt would not be possible without the many volunteers, vendors, sponsors and contributors. Wags, woofs and licks of thanks go out to Ace Hardware, Angie Redwine, Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brandon Combs State Farm Insurance, Carson’s Hair Salon, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga Ducks, Chelsea’s on Thornton, CHL Total Car Care, Crutchfield’s, Dalton Animal Care, Dalton Depot, Dalton Golf & Country Club, Dalton Therapeutic Massage, Earth Mamas of Kimbal, Four Paws Pet Resort, 41 Feed & Seed, Glitz & Glamour, Grand Paws at Home Pet Sitting, Hampton Inn of Chattanooga and Dalton, Holmes Welding, Home Health Care Rentals, Hurt’s Cleaners, Just Christi, Kinard Realty-Debbie Daniels, Laurie’s Pet Connection, Loganberry’s Fine Gift Baskets, Logan’s Roadhouse, Luau Pools, Maryville Jewelers, Mountain View Pet Crematory, North Georgia Radio Group, Obedience Club of Chattanooga, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Paper Princess, Petco Foundation, Richard Chumley Auto Repair, Sandra and Temple Cloer, Shaw Industries, SnR Pet Apparel, Southern Belle Riverboat, Spiced Apple, Taylor Tire & Service, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, The Daily Citizen, The Sassy Flea Boutique, Tony’s Italian Restaurant, Transitions, Whitfield County Community Emergency Response Team and Yellow Bird Gifts.

Many thanks to all for helping and attending this event to raise funds to care for the many homeless, adoptable animals in our community. We welcome comments and suggestions to improve this very important fundraising event. You may email your comments to info@hsnwga.org.

Again, heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Strut Committee and the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia for your support. See you in 2014!

Suzanne Cloer

Strut Committee