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'Mutt Strut' to raise Relay funds

By Staff
Kristy Williams Thompson FCT News Intern
Relay for Life team members will host a "Mutt Strut" Saturday, April 29, at the West Side Pavilion at Sloss Lake in Russellville with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
In its fifth year, the "Artie's Inspirations" team, named for team member Betty Sockwell's grandmother who died of cancer, wanted to do something different in an effort to raise money and awareness for Relay for Life.
"Last year we were brainstorming for ideas, and someone mentioned a dog show," said Sockwell.
But because of time constraints, nothing came of the suggestion until a few weeks ago.
Now Sockwell and her teammates are working overtime to ensure that the event is a success.
Other than the dog show, contests will be held for the smallest dog, largest dog, the dog who looks most like his or her owner, best personality, best hair style, and most photogenic. There will also be a fashion show and an award for best in show.
Groomer Lori Miller and Colbert County Animal Control officer Richey Michael will be judging the activities.
Area businesses including Sunshine Mills, Petco, Dazzling Dogs and More, and the Colbert County Animal Shelter have donated prizes such as gift certificates, dog food, bagged treats, and bandanas.
Pet owners can also take advantage of other services that will be offered Saturday including advice and suggestions from a local veterinarian, micro-chipping, photography by Ben Richey, and boutique services provided by Leta Smith, owner of Dazzling Dogs and More.
And while the events are not limited to dogs a few restrictions do apply.
"We ask that no aggressive animals be brought, and all pets must have proof of current rabies shot to enter," said Sockwell.
For those who would like to attend Mutt Strut and help Relay for Life but do not have a pet, the Colbert County Animal Shelter will be "renting" dogs for the event for five dollars.
Registration will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and the activities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
There will be an entry fee of $15 for the first pet and $5 for each additional pet.
"We just want to make it a fun day and at the same time raise money," Sockwell said.
Sockwell said she became involved with Relay for Life after she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of cancer. She had cancer in 1992, watched others in her family struggle with cancer, and as a nurse worked with cancer patients.
"This is the first time to have this, and we know it's a short notice, but we're hoping to raise a lot of money for a good cause," said Sockwell.

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