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Hall humane society's Stray Pet Strut set for Sunday

POSTED: April 17, 2009 11:14 p.m.
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Glory, the springer spaniel who lives in the house of Times' Executive Editor Mitch Clarke, will lead the Stray Pet Strut on Sunday afternoon.

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Lake Lanier Islands is going to the dogs, at least for a few hours this weekend.

Sunday, the Humane Society of Hall County will hold the 18th annual Stray Pet Strut at the islands’ Presentation Point.

"There will be a one-mile fun walk and a 5K race," said Gwen Trimmer, community resource director for the Humane Society of Hall County. "For the fun walk, participants are allowed to bring their dogs along, but they aren’t allowed in the 5K race."

To participate in the walk, dogs must be leashed and current with vaccinations. All dogs who participate in the walk will receive a special bandana and participation ribbon.

Glory, the black and white springer spaniel belonging to Times’ executive editor Mitch Clarke, will lead the fun walk.

The 5K race is certified by "Run and See Georgia," Trimmer said.

Run and See Georgia is an organization that certifies various races around the state. Participants in certified races earn points. At the end of the year, an awards ceremony is held and racers can earn special recognition from the organization.

Pre-registration is closed, but racers may register the morning of the race for a fee of $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society of Hall County.

In addition to the races, there will also be a mini dog show. The cost for entering an animal in the dog show is $5.

"For the doggy show, we will be giving out awards for things like cutest smile and best in show," Trimmer said. "We won’t be giving out costume awards, so it’s not necessary for dogs to wear a costume."

Besides the athletic events and the dog show, there will also be various vendors on hand during the afternoon event.

"There will be vendor booths set up with groomers, animal hospitals and even (a pet bakery)," Trimmer said. "The whole day is going to be informal and very family oriented."

Although it costs $8 per vehicle to access Lake Lanier Islands, Trimmer says the fee is waived for race participants.



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