Fastest Eaters and Best Waggers Wanted

Nuts for Mutts features some of the cutest contests around.

Nuts for Mutts

Los Angeles sees its share of Lassie-loving festivals, but few seem to engender the loyalty and coo-ability of Nuts for Mutts, which trots into Calabasas on Sunday, June 26.

It isn't simply that the annual event gives the spotlight to mixed breeds, or that there's a walk-a-thon that raises money for New Leash on Life Animal Rescue in addition to other organizations. Or that Nuts for Mutts will mark its decade anniversary next year, meaning it has some (furry) legs.

Those things are all important, of course, but the competition categories tend to be some of the biggest eye-catchers of the festival. Fastest Eater? Best Kisser? Most Toy/Ball Crazy? Nope, it isn't a traditional dog show. We'll also add that celebrity judges add a lot of zing to the day. There are a lot of interesting actors on the 2011 roster, but we have to give immediate props to Shirley Jones.

Oh yeah. Shirley. Jones. You say Mrs. Partridge, we say Marion the Librarian, and we all say yay.

Get info on competitions, the walk-a-thon, or just turning out for a day that lends support to rescue and animal issues of all sorts.

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