Come out this Sunday for Mutt Strutt, a day for dogs and dog-lovers sponsored by the Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club and SUNY-Ulster’s Vet Tech department. To be held at Kingston Point Beach, Mutt Strutt will feature a speakers’ tent with 15-minute seminars on a variety of pet-related topics throughout the day. As well, there will be K9 and dog-obedience demonstrations, up to 35 vendors of doggie-related products and services, dog contests and a special “Talk to the Pros” table. Everyone on the scene is dedicated to your dog’s health, training and welfare, so bring your concerns and questions (and your on-leash dogs) to Kingston Point Beach from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 21. And don’t forget: This might be the opportunity to adopt a new pet, or have a special photo of you and your pooch taken! Or both!
This is the second Mutt Strutt event organized by the Sunrise Rotary, a service club that meets at the crack of dawn every Thursday morning at Deising’s Bakery in Kingston. Past president Colleen Mountford reports that they’ve worked to expand event activities this year. “We’ll have the director of the ASPCA here to talk about the new laws on animal abuse in New York State, along with people from the animal rescue team for disaster response and the recovery team. When disasters happen, it’s important for animals to be sheltered, too. We’ll have a fenced exercise area for dogs – we’re right across the street from the dog park – and we’ll provide water for them.”
Mountford, now in charge of club membership, says that the 20 members of Kingston’s Sunrise Rotary welcome newcomers to meet up from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Deising’s to find out what the organization is all about. “We do a lot of community service behind the scenes. People interested in the Club are totally welcome to join us and have breakfast!”
A number of vendors from nearby Smorgasburg will be offering discounts to Mutt Strutt patrons who have purchased a wristband for $5. It’s only a five-minute walk between both venues, and a courtesy van will be running all day. Admission to Mutt Strutt is free, but a goodwill donation is encouraged and greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit the SUNY-Ulster Vet Tech program.