The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking

April 29, 2017 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Top Dog

Meet Cooper & Tuttle, Our 2017 Mutt Strut TOP DOGS!

Cooper and Tuttle are long-time Mutt Strut fans. Their owner, Jim Drew, has brought them to Mutt Strut for the past three years to walk the track and support IndyHumane.

These two may be very different sizes, but they are best friends. Cooper, age 5, is a Saint Bernard, named after Alice Cooper, the musician. Tuttle, age 4, is a Corgi named after Jim’s mother.

Jim is a chef, who cooks Cooper & Tuttle healthy snacks that are high in protein. They love riding in the car, as well as walking at Mutt Strut. Jim dedicates the Top Dog 2017 title to his mother. Come to Mutt Strut 2017 to meet our Top Dogs in person!

Want To Be The 2018 Top Dog?

Our Top Dog is the face of Mutt Strut, determined by the top fundraiser each year. The top fundraiser’s dog – the new Top Dog – is given special recognition in Mutt Strut and IndyHumane collateral, and becomes the “ambassa-dog” for the following year’s Mutt Strut. Your dog will be featured on posters, ads, and all manner of Mutt Strut promotions! This is your dog’s chance to be famous.

HOW DO I ENTER THE CONTEST?

Top Dog fundraisers are just normal registrants with a unique energy for IndyHumane — if that sounds like you, you’re already entered! You’ll simply register as a participant (either as an individual or as part of a Pack), and get to work fundraising. Once you’ve reached $5,000 in funds raised, you’ll receive an email with more information about continuing in the program.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME AND MY DOG?

Mutt Strut is IndyHumane’s largest annual fundraiser. As a wholly independent organization, we rely completely on the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers to maintain our life-saving operation here in Indianapolis, and to continue to serve as the voice against animal cruelty and neglect in Central Indiana. Without efforts like yours and like Top Dogs before you, we couldn’t do what we do and have the impact we have, so we hope the emotional rewards are enough to get you started.

That said, we try to keep the deal pretty sweet for you and your pet, too.

First, your pooch becomes the face of Mutt Strut 2018. As our Mutt Strut Ambassa-dog, you and your canine companion will get to appear as the 2018 Grand Marshals in opening ceremonies, and you’ll get to join IndyHumane in the Mari Hulman George Suite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at an event in May.

Staff from IndyHumane will also present your pooch with a Top Dog Trophy!

There are some additional perks we’re able to offer the Top Dog winner, as well:

  • An exclusive professional photoshoot for you and your dog
  • A custom 16×20 inch canvas oil painting by local artist Karen Seltzer of Best In Show Pet Portraits
  • A personalized pooch pamper kit
  • A one-year membership to the IndyHumane Bark Park
  • A one-year kennel sponsorship for you, your pet, your family, or whomever you’d like to dedicate your kennel

WHAT’S THE CATCH?

No catches. But we do have a few rules: First, only one entry per Mutt Strut registrant. Each contest participant must be a Mutt Strut registrant, and dogs are the only animals eligible for the contest.

Only donations collected through 11:59pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017, will count toward your Top Dog contest entry (although you can still continue to fundraise for Mutt Strut through May 31, 2016).

Only an individual’s fundraising is eligible to win Top Dog. This means that if you are fundraising as part of a Pack, your individual fundraising contribution for that Pack is what determines your chances at being the Top Dog.

In the event of an exact tie, the Humane Society of Indianapolis reserves the right to final selection of the Top Dog. Previous Top Dogs are not eligible to win again.

QUESTIONS? JUST ASK!

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