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2 Routt County organizations to host Mutt Strut fundraiser Oct. 2

Zach Fridell

Amanda George, a unit secretary and certified nursing assistant at Yampa Valley Medical Center, gives Breezelouise a treat while visiting with the dog’s owner Cathy Shyrock on Monday afternoon at the hospital. Shryock brings Breezelouise by the hospital as part of Heeling Friends. Heeling Friends is teaming up with the Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado for the first Mutt Strut, which will take place Oct. 2.





Amanda George, a unit secretary and certified nursing assistant at Yampa Valley Medical Center, gives Breezelouise a treat while visiting with the dog's owner Cathy Shyrock on Monday afternoon at the hospital. Shryock brings Breezelouise by the hospital as part of Heeling Friends. Heeling Friends is teaming up with the Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado for the first Mutt Strut, which will take place Oct. 2.
John F. Russell

— Two volunteer organizations in Routt County are taking a cue from the Front Range's pet-friendly bonanza Furry Scurry to host the county's first dog walk.

The Mutt Strut, a fundraiser for the Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado and Heeling Friends, is Oct. 2 with a walk from Howelsen Hill along the Yampa River Core Trail.

Georgiana Stetter, a board director and spokeswoman for Heeling Friends, said the groups are hoping the fundraiser will raise $5,000. Heeling Friends volunteers take dogs to hospitals to cheer up patients; the Animal Assistance League supports shelters, rescues and low-income animal owners.

Stetter said that with an estimated 7,000 dogs in Steamboat Springs, the town is due for a dog event.

This year's walk will start at Howelsen Hill, near the sand volleyball courts, then head onto the Yampa River Core Trail south and east to Trafalgar Drive and back to the park, where there will be informational and promotional booths for dog-related products. At the park, there will be door prizes and contests for best smile (dog and owner), best tail wagger (dogs only) and best ears (Stetter said this could be for both).

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"It should just be a fun event. It's informational, it's promotional and it's trying to bring everybody with a dog in this town together," Stetter said.

Stetter said the funds are used by Heeling Friends to update certification for each of the dogs that visit the hospitals. She said there are 80 tests a year at $20 apiece that keep the program accredited with the Pet Partners program.

The Animal Assistance League works with facilities in Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand counties.

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