Heavy rain all morning did nothing to wash away the smiles of hundreds of people and pets attending Heritage Humane Society's second annual Dog Street Strut last Saturday morning.
Nearly 200 dogs — and an even larger number of people — turned out for the event, which included a 2-mile dog walk down Duke of Gloucester Street, a vendor’s village and a series of dog contests that ranged from Best Bark to Cutest Tail Wag.
Kimberly Laska, executive director of Heritage Humane Society, said the turnout and level of support for the event has been wonderful, especially in the face of inclement weather.
“Us humans are a bit wet and soggy, but the dogs all seem to love it and we’re all having a fun time,” Laska said. “The turnout for the event, in spite of that weather, just shows what Heritage Humane has always known: that Williamsburg is one of the best cities in Virginia for dogs and dog lovers.”
All money raised by the Dog Street Strut goes to support Heritage Humane Society and its mission to help homeless animals throughout James City County, York County and Williamsburg.
Gloucester resident Susan Edelman, who attended with her Samoyed Snowy, said the event was fun for both of them and that the two may come back to Williamsburg, though perhaps they’ll wait for a sunny day to do so.
“We came here to support animal rescue and, rain aside, I think we both had fun, and at least I was surprised not only by how pretty Williamsburg is, but how many pet-friendly shops there are in Merchants Square. We’ll have to come back,” Edelman said. “Maybe we’ll wait for a day when it’s not raining cats and dogs to do it though.”
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