As spring springs forth, so do outdoor activities and a couple of indoor ones. This weekend and next, organizers invite you, the pet-loving public, to three events featuring adoption, wellness, and the cleverness and whimsy of Justin Rudd and his Haute Dogs team.
The Bulldog Beauty Contest is making a welcome comeback! Actually, “bulldog” is now more of a remembrance of the pets who inspired the contest. The event has evolved to including every breed and mix, age and number of legs that could compose human’s best friend. Rudd and his partner, Ralph Millero, have been parents to three English bulldogs in the past 20 years—their first, Rosie, is the name behind Rosie’s Dog Beach near the Granada Avenue boat launch in Belmont Shore. Rosie was also behind the first of the Bulldog Beauty Contest, which featured American and English bulldogs and took place at the small, neighborhood Livingston Park. The event was a real sight—bulldogs everywhere, snorfing and slobbering as far as the eye could see.
As the contest’s popularity grew and diversity and number of dogs became the rule, the contest moved to the more spacious Marine Stadium Park. Small bully breeds such as English bulls and bull terriers were invited to participate, and later, the beloved mutt finally had its day. Categories such as Best Senior Dog and Best Legs were introduced. The 16th event, which was the last one before this year’s, took place in February 2020—more than 300 dogs showed up.
No thanks to COVID-19, last year’s contests didn’t happen, but at last, the dogs are back in town. Sunday, March 20, the 17th (kinda) annual Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest will again feature tons of wagging tails at an appropriate venue—the boat launch by Rosie’s Dog Beach.
“Although the venue is new, we will be bringing the red carpet runway to showcase the dogs,” Rudd said. “We’ve shortened the number of contests from 20 to 12, so this makes the day shorter for the dogs and people.”
Registration is $10 per dog by Saturday night or $20 in cash per dog on Sunday at the event. Contests will include small and larger bullies, Best Senior and Best Young Dog, Best in Show, Best Adopted/Rescued Dog, and a new category, Best Siblings. Titleholders from the Long Beach and Southern California Cities will judge the pageants, and Belmont Pets and LaunderPet, Raising Cane’s, Bark! Bark! Daycare, Pawlistic Treats, and Joyful Paws Pet Hotel and Daycare will provide prizes. All pets and well-behaved humans are welcome to spectate—front-row seats are $5 cash.
Event sponsors include the Port of Long Beach and District 3 Councilwoman Suzie Price. Vendors will be on-site from 8:30 a.m. to noon along with adoption groups that include Southern California Bulldog Rescue and Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. Dr. Greg Perrault of Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital will be on hand for any doggie medical needs.
Check out the details of all the events under Great Furballs of Fun.
What, no dog for the contest? Our shelter at Long Beach Animal Care Services has quite a few. Meet up with the Adoption Waggin’ on Saturday, or make an appointment to meet a few of the tail waggers on this link. Email [email protected] or [email protected], or call 562-570-3080.
Look for Lobo (ID#A659678) at the adoption event this Saturday at the adoption event at Akua Strong! Lobo’s about 5 years old, and he loves every toy there is! He’s been at our shelter since July 1 and is really struggling with the long-term noise and confinement. Furthermore, he’s a cattle-dog mix and needs something to do. He’s high energy and will need frequent, long exercise. Experience with herding breeds is a plus! He loves to be pet and has shown friendliness toward other dogs. He also has a rock-solid “sit.” He’s very smart and would thrive with additional training and activities. Because of his energy level and toy drive, Lobo would probably do best in a home without children. If you’re looking for a super-cute, mid-size exercise buddy, Lobo is ready to be your best friend!
Great Furballs of Fun
Akua Strong in-person adoption event: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, Akua Strong, 5355 Carson St., Long Beach, adoption fees apply.
Take part in this event with your own pet—vendors include veterinarians, groomers, microchip inserts and pet supplies. No pet? Long Beach Animal Care Services is coming around with its Adoption Waggin’!
17th annual Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest: starts 9:00 a.m., Sunday, March 20, boat launch near Rosie’s Dog Beach, 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, $10 advance donation.
A beach full of bulldogs and other breeds and combinations thereof will compete in 12 competitions, including best senior, best youngster, best sibling set and, of course, most beautiful English bulldog! If you believe that your pooch’s face can be loved by more than a mother, read the rules here and then fill out an application!
Cat Wellness Clinic: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 1179 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, free event.
The Little Lion Foundation will sponsor a clinic for Long Beach resident cats only, offering free microchips, FVRCP vaccines and flea meds. A pet pantry and other resources will be available. Make an appointment here.
Foster for awhile—or furever!
If you’ve always wanted a pet but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime (the animal’s) commitment, or if you’re past the pet-roommate days for any reason, fostering might be a great way to go, especially with one or more of the kittens popping up during kitten season. Every one of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of fosters who’ll social them and help save their little lives. Who knows—maybe one of those lives will change your mind about the not-ready-for-roommate thing!
These nonprofits also regularly feature cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. As of now, adoptions are mainly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate through donations and grants, and anything you can give would be welcome. Please suggest any Long Beach-area rescues to add to the list.
- Bunny Bunch
- Cat Cove
- Friends of Long Beach Animals
- Fix Long Beach
- Feline Good Social Club
- Helen Sanders CatPAWS
- House of Broken Cookies
- Jellicle Cats Foundation
- K-9 Kismet
- Little Lion Foundation
- Live Love Animal Rescue
- Long Beach Animal Care Services
- Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation
- Newborn Feline Rescue
- Pet Food Express Cat Adoption Center
- SAFE Rescue Team
- Seal Beach Animal Care Center
- Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue
- Stray Cat Alliance
- Wrigley Kittens
- Zazzy Cats
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