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Congratulations to Joey, the Mutt Strut 2011 Poster Pooch!

Congratulations to Joey, the 5-year-old Pit Bull who will be the face of Mutt Strut 2011, the day the Speedway goes to the dogs!

Joey won the second-annual Mutt Strut Poster Pooch Contest by raising the most votes and donations from his fans. He’ll represent the greatest spectacle in dog walking, Mutt Strut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will be featured on posters, t-shirts, and the first-ever Mutt Strut Pin-Up Pooches calendar along with the other top 12 dogs.

This year’s Mutt Strut Poster Pooch Contest, which concluded on Friday, featured 111 canine contestants. Voting and entry fees totaled more than $16,000, and all funds raised are considered donations to help the animals at the Humane Society of Indianapolis”>Humane Society of Indianapolis, an Indy-based and independent non-profit animal shelter. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite dogs, and thanks to all the dogs and their families who entered the contest!

See all the Mutt Strut Poster Pooch Contest winners and read their stories. And don’t forget to bark your calendar for Mutt Strut 2011 on Sunday, May 1 after you check out Joey’s story, submitted by his pet parents Nichole and Aaron:

Handicapped Pit Bull Loves Life!

My name is Joey. I was born with a condition called swimmers, where I couldn’t stand… so I’d “swim” on the floor to get around. I was surrendered to a Humane Society in California when I was 7 weeks old.

The nice people there took me to a specialty vet and helped me learn to walk. When I was 8 months old, my family saw me and adopted me on the spot.

I’ve received my Canine Good Citizen award and I’m a Pit Bull ambassadog for Indy Pit Crew. I live with a canine sister, Ellie Mae, two cats and a rabbit.

My family moved to Indianapolis 2 years ago and because of their experience in California, they decided to get involved with Humane Society of Indianapolis. My mom frequently plans fundraisers and my dad participates in the awesome Dogs N Suds adoption events!

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