‘Strut your Mutt’ canine parade enchants a special group of seniors

Edmonds City Council member Will Chen (standing cautiously downwind) presented the first place award to Max, dressed as a skunk.
Manya Vee presents the second place ribbon to Minnie, who was a hit in her Hawaiian shirt.
Whitney Rivera of Edmonds Municipal Court presents the third place ribbon to Honeybee, dressed as Spiderman.

As part of its efforts to engage the community and provide meaningful experiences for its residents, Edmonds’ Cogir Assisted Living sponsored the first annual “Strut Your Mutt” dog parade on Saturday morning.

“We’re relatively new to the Edmonds community, says Jennifer Angell, Cogir’s Director of Community Relations. “We strive to keep our residents happy and engaged, and part of that means reaching out to our local community and including them in our events and activities.”

Minnie in her Hawaiian shirt.

For the Strut Your Mutt Parade, Cogir invited pet owners to dress up their dogs and compete for a series of prizes, with winners determined by a group of panelists drawn from the community. They included Edmonds City Court’s Whitney Rivera, Edmonds City Council member Will Chen, Oasis Senior Housing Advisor Steve Mason, Maje Gallery owner Manya Vee, and Janette Anderson, Fire Paramedic of the South County.

The panel was drawn from the community and included (left to right) Manya Vee, Whitney Rivera, Will Chen, Janette Anderson and Steve Mason.

Pet owners walked their dogs on a red carpet with the panelists on one side and a crowd of fun-loving Cogir residents on the other. After the winners were announced, residents had a chance to get up close and personal with the canine competitors, which brought many smiles, laughs and warm encounters.

After the winners were announced, residents were able to meet the canine competitors.

“And that’s what it’s all about,” Angell observed. “By bringing the community and our residents together, everyone’s life is enriched.

Other Cogir community events are in the works. Next up is a community car show scheduled for September 9, when local car enthusiasts will bring their prize vehicles to Cogir to share with residents and other community members.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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