The Dog Blog of a Sharp Eagle (Shar Pei / Beagle) Mix

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Birthday and Mutt Strut Recap!

As most of you know, Sunday was my Gotcha Day. And since Mom got me from the Humane Society a year ago, she doesn’t know when my actual Birthday is, so we celebrated it on my Gotcha Day! I’m now 3 years old!

Mom gave me my favorite treat before leaving for church in the morning. Pupcakes from 3 Dog Bakery!

Laney's Pupcake on Gotcha Day
Laney's Gotcha Day

When she came home, it was time to leave for Mutt Strut!

Arriving at Mutt Strut
Speedway - Mutt Strut

Thankfully, we left really early, because the traffic was awful! It was so crowded! More than 10,000 people and pooches participated in the 2 ½ mile walk around the Indy 500 Speedway!

Mutt Strut Race Track

When we finally got parked, we checked-in, and walked around some booths.

mutt strut

Then, it was time to meet up with Mom’s work colleagues.

PWC Corporate Team
PWC Corporate Team

I wasn’t too sure about all of this. There were too many dogs and it was crowded. I stuck by mom’s heels and tried to hide most of the time. Plus it was hot!
But then, who showed up? My best pal Sandy!

Sand and Laney
Laney and Sandy

Then, all of the sudden Gizmo was there! Two of my best friends from the dog park! So, I definitely perked up and was ready to go on our walk around the Speedway!

mutt strut

All of the parents thought maybe we should stick to the 1 mile track because of the heat, but we couldn’t find it. So, we just decided to try out doing the full 2 ½ miles.

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Beverly's Precious Pets Group at Mutt Strut
Beverly's Precious Pets Group at Mutt Strut

mutt strut

We walked.

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Laney at Mutt Strut

And walked.

Mutt Strut
Mutt Strut
Mutt StrutMutt Strut

And walked some more.

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Mutt Strut Race Track

There were a lot of water stops along the way, but most of them smelled like too many other dogs. So Mom had to try to give me water out of my own bottle. Most of the time, I didn’t want any though. So Mom figured I was fine. Which I was. In fact, during the last half mile, I got my second wind and was bouncing around happily.

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Laney at Mutt Strut

Then, all of the parents wanted to stop and get pictures taken when we finished the track.

Laney and I at Mutt Strut
Laney and I at Mutt Strut
The Steins at Mutt Strutt
Laney, Sandy, Gizmo, and the Moms
Laney, Sandy, Gizmo, and the Moms
Laney, Sandy, Gizmo, and the Moms

I just wanted to get home.

Heading Home from Mutt Strut

All-in-all it was a great Gotcha Day! I even got a new toy that I attacked this morning when Mom was getting ready for work. Last night, I was too tired to do anything but sleep.

Sleepy Head


Pug(s) and Bugg said...

Laney we are so sad we missed you! We looked and sniffed all over for ya! It looks like you had a lot of fun too! We would have let you ride in our wagon if we saw you!!!!

Nibbles Treats said...

What a wonderful way to spend your Gotcha Day. Wish we could have walked also. It looked like a lot of hot fun.

Yesterday was Tuckers birthday also. We knew you were super cool for a reason. You both share a really cool day.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Brind'Amour said...

Wow, that sure looked like fun!!! Happy Birthday Laney!!!! I hope you had a great day and I'm sure you loved your treats! Mmmmm.


Amber and Nala said...

HAPPY GOTCHA Day Laney!!! Those treats look pawfect! YUM! I was going to ask what Speedway but then I saw...I can't believe you got to walk on the Indianapolis Speedway...sooo cool! Hope the cars were in the garage that day. ;) My Mom's uncle sometimes races cars there. :) The best though must of been seeing all of your furiends!


DCampy34 said...

Great post - that looked like alot of fun

Wood, Sweetie, MJ

Mr. Puggle said...

WOW! that was fun. felt like i was there. so laney, you look so big in your pictures i see oh your blog but today's post, where you are next to the other dogs, you look puggle size!

what a perfect gotcha day! you got a nice mom!

Martha Basset said...

Hi Laney
We loved your post today - great pictures of the mutt strut - and your pal Sandy is a basset!!!!
We are most impressed. Happy gotcha day too - we will both need to have a gotcha day cos we dont know when our birthday is either. We think if our gotcha day is as cool as yours it will be great fun!
Well done on your success - no wonder you were tired!
Martha & Bailey xx

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Laney
Happy Birthday & Gotcha Day.
We loved seeing all the pictures from the Mutt Strut. It looked like so much fun. Wish we had your warm weather.
Love Ruby & Penny

Lina, Alih and James said...

What a cool Gotcha Day!!! I'm glad you found some of your buddies from home to hang out with so you really got to enjoy the event.

A belated Happy Birthday to you from us!!!

Stinkin' kisses all the way from Sweden.

Mango said...

You are just beyond cute, smoochie face, I have to say. And what a brave little gal to go where all those strange peoples and doggies were and then walk so far in the hot sun.

Having your pals there helped, I bet. We have a soft spot for bassett hounds here at the estate.

I hope you get a pool. You don't have to swim in it like my dorky brother, but just dipping your toes in on a hot day really feels good.


StellaStar said...

Hey Laney! Great job on the walk! I'm glad you had a great Gotcha Day...I love 3 Dog Bakery! I love your smiley-excited picture.

Maggie and Mitch said...

What an awesome way to spend your gotcha day, Laney! We sure wish we could have walked right beside you! That would have been so much fun!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Pug Posse said...

We're so sad we missed you at Mutt Strut yesterday. But we're glad you had a good time. And why the heck did we not know about a 1 mile track??? Our Mommy is such an idiot! We could have gone only 1 mile and Jasmine wouldn't have gotten overheated!

You probably would have known if you had seen us. Check out our pictures...our buddy Lilo walked with us so there were 8 of us puggies and 1 ginormous wagon! Everyone seemed to notice us!

Happy belated birthday/gotcha day!
Pug hugs and kisses!
The Pug Posse

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That looked a pawsome day Laney, well done. We are glad you had your pals wih you, that must have been such fun.

Happy gotcha day pretty girl. :-)

Holly & Zac...XX

Chase said...

Wow! What a great gotcha day! That is a very neat thing to do. :-)

Sniffs and licks,


Lorenza said...

Hi, Laney!
I am so happy to know that your had a very Happy Birthday!
Sure it was nice to meet your friends there! I understand how tired you were at the end of the day!
Thanks for sharing all those pictures!
Kisses and hugs

The Devil Dog said...

Happy Birthday, Gotcha Day and glad you had fun at the Mutt Strut. It looks like it was a blast.

Roxy & Lucky

Liss said...

happy birthday

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

wow wee! a great day! a birthday, some treats and a long walk! that was a hot day for you to do all that walking! we looking at all the pics and were hoping to see that wolfhound but alas we will have to be happy looking at your sweet self ;-)
saige and guinn

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow....what a feast of a post! Well done on the mutt strutt :D
And Happy Gotcha day Laney (late, sorry...we didn't realise)
Glad you had a lovely day, you sure had lots of great photos taken!
Slobbers xx

Anonymous said...

Happy gotcha day. You are a cute lucky girl Laney.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh thanks for the link! that is definately an irish wolfhound! a beautiful one too! looks just like Saige, same sweet expression too! thank you for this!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh really!? what part of Nova scotia?

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

hahah--good Lord, the poor guy, Yarmouth is the end of the earth

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Laney you had such a wonderful gotcha day. All the wonderful friends to help you celebrate..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Mr. Stick said...

I bet you are way better at left turns now :)

Tee said...

Hello Laney!

Looks like you had an exciting day. So many many new friends to walk with!

Happy Happy Bark day to you Laney and many many happy returns of the day!

Kimberly said...

how absolutely adorable is your pup... that's cute.. the GOTCHA DAY :) ... and what a cool racetrack, I wanna go...Bell just got a Kong - we're going to try it out tonight... Bell is lil miss tear it all up lately.. til it's nothing! I'm trying to help her figure out what is her's and what ISN'T bol this should be fun!