Model mutts hit runway

More than $700 raised for local Mixed Up Mutts Society

The Mixed Up Mutts Society did better than expected at a recent Doggy Fashion Show Fundraiser, taking in $742.50 at the event, which also included a silent auction and donations from the public.

Organizer Mandy Wright says the support from the community and the crowd gathered outside Andre’s Electronic Experts in 100 Mile House for the event on Aug. 24 was “absolutely incredible.”

Mixed Up Mutts is a shelter that rescues stray or unwanted dogs, rehabilitates them, and tries to find them a new home.

In fact, one of the dogs awarded with “Most Creative” costume at Saturday’s Fashion Show came from Mixed Up Mutts. Natalie Cox of 108 Mile Ranch dressed Hugo in blue and her dog, Roxy, in pink and attached a variety of outdoor gear to them for their strut down the runway.

“It’s nothing like I ever imagined would happen,” Wright says of the community’s response.

“Walking down the street with a dog, I have people coming out stores going, ‘Oh my God, is that so-and-so?’ We know people are following us [on Facebook] and we’re thankful. It’s amazing.”

She adds most of the money raised will more than likely be used to pay vet bills.

“We do have a running tab at the vet clinic. There are always things going on at the vet. Vaccines, spades, neuters….

“We don’t normally come out very far ahead. Any extra costs are coming out of any extra money we can raise.”