By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
STUART -- Grab a leash, a handful of treats, and your dog's favorite chew toy and head to The Fur Seasons this Saturday, March 29 for the seventh annual Mutt Derby.
All morning long, dogs of all shapes and sizes will crowd the starting line and entertain their owners as they race down the 100-foot track in The Fur Season's backyard. Owners will whistle and pound the ground as their pets take off at the bell. Most of the dogs will make it to the finish line eventually, despite getting a bit distracted somewhere in the middle.
"It's hysterical," said Peter Einhorn, who owns the luxury pet resort with his wife, Drue Pollack. "The dogs have such a good time."
There's a place for every breed in the races organized by weight and size and no matter who comes out on top everybody's a winner because the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is the recipient of all the funds raised at the event.
"We do it to give back to the community," said Mr. Einhorn.
The fundraiser is especially fitting, he explained, because many of the clients (i.e. dogs) that stay at the pet resort were once at the Humane Society themselves, or at a similar rescue shelter.
So at the event, dog owners can pay $10 to register their dog for the races, all of which goes to the HSTC. But that won't be the only fundraising taking place on Saturday. A silent auction, raffles for airline tickets and a $500 Visa card, and a chance for your dog to take a dip in the bone-shaped pool out back will also raise money for the cause.
Event admission, however, is free.
"We want to have a really fun day where families don't have to pay a lot of money," Mr. Einhorn said.
There will be plenty of other activities at the event including vendors, the Honda Classic golf tent, pet-related clinics and courses, even a pet psychic. A disabled veteran will also be present with her service dog. John Moschitta, Jr., once credited as the world's fastest talker in the Guinness Book of World Records, will be calling the races.
"It's really a fun day," Mr. Einhorn said.
In its first six years, the event brought in over $46,000. Last year, nearly 200 dogs were registered to participate and $11,500 was raised for the HSTC. This year Mr. Einhorn hopes to raise even more.
The Mutt Derby takes place at the Fur Seasons Resort located at 1310 S.W. Commerce Way in Stuart.
Owners can register in advance at www.thefurseasonsresort.com or on Saturday from 8:15 to 10 a.m., when the races begin. Winners will receive ribbons and the festivities conclude at noon.