The first ever Mutt Strut in Erie was held at the Bayview Park

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The Mutt Strut is a family friendly dog parade and festival. The event has been held in Pittsburgh for 3 years. The purpose of the event is to cover dog training costs for veterans.

“The veterans that have received the service dogs, not one has committed suicide since so it’s a great honor,” said Josh Drysdale. The idea of the Mutt Strut was to combat a tragic statistic. Many veterans find it difficult to adjust to regular life. Ever day 22 veterans commit suicide. 

PNC and Guardian Angels Medical Service dogs both organized this event. It costs about $22,000 to train each service dog. These service dogs are zero cost to the veteran. 

“You know when I came back from Afghanistan I was in a really low spot, being paired with a service dog has really changed my life,”said Michael Clark. 

The event has already saved enough money for getting 4 service dogs. You can donate to their cause at

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