The Pulsar Mutt Strut took place in Birchbank park Sunday and dogs from all over the area came to show off their shiny coats and tails. There were 46 entrants this year in categories that ranged from cutest puppy to best of show.
Organizer Ida Koric, from Heart Dog Rescue, said there were even more dogs there, when you count the 8-10 dogs that came out just to socialize and enjoy the show.
The event is a fundraiser for the Rossland based dog rescue service, which helps find new owners for mistreated or abandoned northern dogs.
Koric said they raised over $700, a step over last year’s $600.
“We’re very happy with the outcome,” she said.
Last year the event was held in Rossland, but was in a more central location this year. Koric said they moved the show for two reasons:
“Last year in early May our Rossland venue was still snowed under, and we wanted to make it more central so that those from Nelson and Castlegar would feel more welcome,” she said, adding that they loved the venue, but because of the busy events over the weekend, they probably didn’t get as many as they could have. So next year the event will be May 4.
Up for adoption on Sunday was Breyer. They also just got two more dogs in yesterday and all three can be seen on Heart’s website.
Herbie, the dog who was the overall show winner, was their most recent adoptee.
Koric said that he had just found his “forever family” in April, after being rescued from a puppy mill where he was used as a stud.
Koric said that while the focus was certainly on raising funds to pay for vetting, food and transport of the rescued dogs, the event is also a way to get the word out about what they do.
“The more people know, the more will hopefully offer to foster for us,” she said. “Fosters are the backbone for our whole operation.”
For more info on Heart Dog Rescue go to www.heartdogrescue.com.