Strutting to Success

3 Nov, 2020
Bark Avenue Foundation

Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our Strut Your Mutt campaign. We not only met our goal, but exceeded it, totaling a whopping $5100!

Donned with masks and keeping our six-foot distance, we gathered at Riverwalk in Glendale on Saturday, October 24th, and strutted (some of us with our “mutts”) down the path along the LA River. Many didn’t even know this park existed. The thing about the City of Angels is that there are many hidden gems. But the only way to find them is to connect with others; and the more you connect, the more secrets are revealed.

As we finished up our walk and were saying our goodbyes, we noticed an old yellow lab, sauntering down the street toward us and the park. Tongue out, smile on his face, he seemed to belong and know right where he was going. We waited, assuming that a horse and rider were just around the bend—a common sight in the Rancho area, where dogs often accompany their equine friends on strolls around the neighborhood. But no horse and no human showed. The smiling senior was alone.

He allowed us to approach, and luckily was wearing a collar with a license. Unfortunately the phone number on the license was just the licensing department of the city of Glendale, which was closed on a Saturday morning. So, grabbing a leash from the car (as we all carry them), Craig and Jen walked the dog back down the street hoping he’d lead them to his home or that they’d run into someone who recognized him. If you’re a lost dog, the luckiest place to find yourself is in a crowd of animal rescuers. We will stop at nothing to get you home again.

After a full walk around the block, no one had ever seen the dog before, and the dog had not opted to bring Craig and Jen back to his own place. We didn’t want to believe someone had abandoned him. Just the short walk around the block was taxing on his old bones. This dog hadn’t been walking for miles. He didn’t seem used to even walking half a mile. Just as Christy started rearranging her afternoon to bring him to the Pasadena Humane Society (the shelter that services Glendale) so his parent could find him, another neighbor brought the distraught gentleman to us.

Craig returned to home base with the dog, who was still smiling, clearly not the least bit concerned that from his guardian’s perspective, he had been “lost.” The gardener had left the gate open, and when the guardian came outside, he saw the gate open and his dog gone.

The guardian was grateful to have his canine companion back, and the senior pup’s great adventure had come to an end…

…As had our annual Strut Your Mutt event. We are so grateful to all of you who contributed, to all who walked with us, and to all who helped see this senior safely back to his person.  So many lives are impacted and saved thanks to you!

You are the heroes who allow this work to continue and we never stop because it’s not a job to us; it’s who we are. The instinct to help a pet drive us every minute of every day. And we wouldn’t be able to follow through with that instinct without your support.

Thank you for all you do and for making Strut Your Mutt a success!