Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Indy Mutt Strut-Indy Dog Friendly

Today, for the fourth year in a row, we attended the Indianapolis Mutt Strut, benefiting the Humane Society of Indianapolis. This year, we took both Neeko and Faolan.

It was nearly an hour drive for us, and Faolan did great in the Jeep.  I think having calm Neeko in the car with him was helpful.

Neeko always does well, as long as other dogs do not immediately get in her face.  This is the largest event Faolan has attended, and he did phenomenal.  I couldn't be prouder.  He did exhibit a couple of anxious behaviors three or four times, but they were short-lived, and overall he was a sweet, social, well-behaved boy today.

Once, while walking through a very crowded corridor of vendors and people, he sat down for about 10 seconds, but stood up and began walking without encouragement.  I praised him immensely.  He was willing and eager to greet almost everyone, and most other dogs.

Before we actually started the walk.
This is a yearly event taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, always occurring the last weekend in April, as the track is busy the entire month of May, in anticipation and preparation for the Indy 500.

We met up with some friends to walk this year, and I ran into some other friends as well.

Charity and Jeff, with their dogs, Mina and Halo.
The 500 Festival Princesses saw Faolan from a distance, and came running over to see him.  He is such a lady's man.

500 festival princesses with wolfdog

I ran into Bruce's "breeder", and he was actually very nice.  That still doesn't mean I agree with what he does.  He was there with a woofer of his, a handsome, well-behaved boy named Apache.

Bruce's "breeder."
It was a gorgeous day, and I feel bad about leaving Bruce at home, but he does not do well around this many other people and dogs.  Neeko and Faolan are passed out, and tired dogs are good dogs.

Myself, Les and the pups on the track.

Home to the "Greatest spectacle in racing" and the "Greatest spectacle in dog walking"

My pretty princess.  We use a yellow ribbon on her to hopefully keep other dog owners from immediately letting their dogs get in her face. 

Makes me so happy!!

Relaxing in the shade, after we completed our lap around the track.

I loved this Great Dane, and he was certainly getting a lot of attention!
This is a yearly event for us, and benefits a good organization.  Indy Humane is NOT affiliated with HSUS, and they do not euthanize for space.  This is their largest fund-raising event each year, and I am glad to be a part of it.


  1. Wow, that Great Dane is awesome! Looks like y'all had a blast.

  2. Looks like a great fun event and yes tired dogs are happy dogs.The weather looked fabulous. Have a serene Sunday and let us all partake of some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Haha! I like the "tiger" as well. I enjoyed this post and all the pics. It's fun to see happy dogs out and about. I should attend more events like this with Ace.


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