>2010 Mutt Strutt

April 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm (Uncategorized)

>One of my sort of resolutions for the year was to get out more and do more things in the city. I’ve been here for 3 1/2 years and I haven’t done half the things I’ve wanted to do. Actually, what I should do is the list that Dana filled out. Hmmm, I’ll think about it. Anyway, this weekend, I signed up for the Mutt Strutt. It’s a fundraiser for the Indiana Humane Society. It’s held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (one of my favorite places!). Basically, you pay an entry fee, try to raise money, and then you get to walk around the track with your doggy.

I was supposed to go with my cousin and her fiance and kid, but it was raining cats and dogs (no pun intended!) and she opted out. So I dragged Chris with me. Haha. He was not a happy camper about it, but he was a trooper. I really appreciated him going with me. I tried to take some pictures, but it was raining so hard, I was afraid of getting my iPhone wet. So here is what I did take. This is right at the beginning of walking around the track. There were still a lot of people there despite the downpour.

Hank was such a good dog the whole time. He just trotted along. He sniffed some butts and said hello to people and then just walked next to us the whole 2 1/2 miles. Yes, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the IMS, it is 2 1/2 miles long with 9 degree banking in the turns. Most of the other dogs were either being pulled in wagons with umbrellas attached or had raincoats on. And by raincoats, I don’t mean that they handmade something out of a trash bag. I mean, full on Paddington Bear type raincoats. Some of the little dogs looked cute in them, but seriously, people need to realize that they are still DOGS! Dogs like getting wet and playing in the mud. We just let Hank have free rein of rolling around in the grass and walking on the track. As long as he wasn’t bothering anyone else.

Most of you know how my dad is so you can’t blame me for my next picture. I had to take a picture of our seats for the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 so that he could be reassured that they were doing okay. We’ll be sitting in them in less than a month. When I e-mailed him this picture, his biggest concern was how much dog doodoo was on the track. He said if Danica Patrick spins out, he knows who’s fault it was.
After we walked the track, we went to go check out all the booths. Hank’s vet was there and so we went and said hello. Other booths were giving away free tennis balls and frisbees. We won a $20 giftcard to some place (I’m not sure where as I was standing back to avoid the crowd). However, each of the booths made you stop and sign up for things. So this involved a lot of Chris going up to the booth and me standing back. The more we stood, the more I realized that I was in completely soaked clothes and getting progressively colder. We decided the throw in the towel after 2 hours of the track. This is Hank about 1/2 a mile outside of the track.

Poor doggy was too tired!!! We gave him a nice bath when we got home and then curled up in bed ourselves to warm up. Despite the rain, I had a great time and I’m glad I did it. I had been warned of dogs’ paws burning on the track on hot days. I’m glad that it was rainy for my first time so that I could get a feel of what the event was like and how Hank is around about 1000 other dogs.


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