Mutts take the spotlight. And who can complain?


Fremont Park could have been christened Muttville Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, as canines big and small converged to take a shot at fame – and a possible new home – during the first annual Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show.

The event was organized by Friends of Muttville, Silicon Valley, founded and headed by Woodside resident Mary Ancell. The Friends group is an auxiliary of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a Bay Area nonprofit organization that tries to find homes for rescued dogs.

Ancell said she launched the Friends group less than a year ago, and Sunday's show was its inaugural event. The show, which Ancell said was "awesome," drew more than 100 humans, some with their own dogs, as well as rescue dogs that were available for adoption.

"We are very excited about the community's response," Ancell said in a written statement. "Even though Mutt Strutt was open to the public at no charge, it generated initial support of over $2,000 – and there are pledges still rolling in!"

Those who flocked to the park cheered for their favorite contestants in categories including Best Super Hero, Best Hair, Best Formal Wear, and Best Trick, Ancell said. "Many of the competitors were in costume – dogs and their 'significant humans' alike. Prizes were awarded for best in each class, as determined by audience applause."

As if the mutts weren't entertaining enough, standup comics Mickey Joseph, who also emceed the event, and Nicole Tran provided laughs, and DJ "Fabulous" Fred took charge of the music, Ancell said.

"And perhaps best of all, it appears there will be two adoptions as a direct result of the event!" she said.

For information about Friends of Muttville, Silicon Valley, see

For information about donating, volunteering, fostering, or adopting from Muttville, go to

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