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Mixed-breed dog show Nuts for Mutts comes to Woodland Hills on May 17

May 7, 2009 |  1:07 am

Nuts for MuttsThe 8th annual Nuts for Mutts dog show is scheduled for May 17 and promises to be a blast. Nuts for Mutts is put on every year by the pet rescue group New Leash on Life and is part fundraiser (all ticket sales, entry fees and vendor fees go to benefit homeless pets), part pet fair and part celebration of the humble all-American mutt. 

Mutts (and mutts only -- no purebred dogs are allowed to enter) compete in just-for-fun categories such as "Fastest Mutt," "Best Wag," "Best Kisser," "Fastest Eater" and "Most EAR-resistible Ears." Winners from each category then go head-to-head in the Best in Show competition, the lineup of which is sure to bear little resemblance to the ones you'll see at AKC-affiliated dog shows.

Vendors selling everything from healthy dog treats to customized food and water bowls will be on site. Other activities include live music, a silent auction and a kids corner complete with face-painting and carnival games.  And if you're a pet-lover without a pet, you just might meet your new best friend: Adoptable pets from New Leash on Life as well as the L.A. city and L.A. county shelters will be there to meet and greet.

Like past Nuts for Mutts shows, the 2009 event will feature celebrity judges, including Shirley Jones, Rip Taylor and pet-friendly L.A. City Councilman Dennis ZineDebra Wilson Skelton of "MADtv" and Nicole Sullivan of "The King of Queens" will share emcee duties. Show participants are encouraged to register early, since there's room for only 30 dogs in each category. (You can register in advance online through May 15 or take your chances on the day of the event.)

Nuts for Mutts will last from 8:30 a.m until 5:30 p.m. at Pierce College's Shepard Stadium (6201 Winnetka Ave. in Woodland Hills). Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (age 55 and older), and free for children 12 and younger. Well-behaved dogs are welcome for a $5 ticket fee. 

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Emcee Debra Wilson Skelton and a friend at last year's show. Credit: New Leash on Life.

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