DOG organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.
EDUCATE & INFLUENCE Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.
• Free to spectate with or without a dog
• $5/cash to rent a front-row chair at event
• $10/dog paid before event weekend
• $20/dog cash-only at event.
Registration gets your dog entered in all appropriate contests of the day. Free to spectate.
• 9:40 a.m.: Best Dog with a Disability (all breeds/mixes; i.e. blind, deaf, wheelchaired, three-legged, etc.) • 10 a.m.: National (English) Bulldog Beauty Contest • 11:05 a.m.: Best Jr. Handler, kids ages 8-16 • 11:15 a.m.: Best Senior Dog (all breeds/mixes, ages 7+) • 11:30: Best Young Dog (16 weeks to 1 year; all breeds/mixes) • 11:45 p.m.: Most Handsome Dog (all male dogs; all mixes/breeds) • 12 p.m.: Prettiest Dog (all female dogs; all mixes/breeds) • 12:15 p.m.: French Bulldog Beauty Contest • 12:40 p.m.: Cutest Dog (all breeds/mixes) • 12:50 p.m.: Best Costume/Outfit on a dog (all breeds/mixes) • 1 p.m.: National Mutt Show (any mixed breed) • 1:15 p.m.: Best Smile (all breeds/mixes) • 1:30 p.m.: Best in Show (all breeds/mixes) • 1:50 p.m.: Best Legs (all breeds/mixes) • 2 p.m.: Best Small Dog (generally 20 lbs. or less and/or shorter than 16 inches; not puppies) • 2:10 p.m.: Best Large Dog (generally 60+ lbs.) • 2:20 p.m.: Most Photogenic (all breeds/mixes) • 2:30: Best Ears (all breeds/mixes) • 2:40:Best Butt (all breeds/mixes) • 2:50: Best Tail (all breeds/mixes) • 3 p.m.: Cutest Corgi
All breeds/mixes welcome. Your dog's $10 advance entry benefits spay/neuter and adoption/rescue and Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). A $10 advance entry per dog allows entry in all appropriate contests of the day. Win gift certificates, framed winner's certificates, blue ribbons, and bragging rights for a year!
Front-row seats, $5
Vendors and adoptions:
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
THE BULLDOG BEAUTY CONTEST at 10 a.m. will be the main event at this year's Haute Dog Contests produced by beauty pageant coach and bulldog enthusiast Justin Rudd. In addition to the Bulldog and French Bulldog contests, Rudd is again including contests for Senior Dogs (all breeds/mixes, ages 7 & older), Best in Show (all dogs/breeds/mixes), the National Mutt Show, Small Dogs, and Large Dogs. New in 2017 is the Cutest Corgi contest.
Rent seats at the event with cash. The dog adoption and vendor fairs are 9:30-3:30 p.m.
Students: Will You Make a Valentine's Card for a Shelter Dog, Cat or Rabbit?
Long Beach Animal Care Services and HAUTE DOGS, and Justin Rudd are sponsoring the 7th annual handmade Valentine's card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine's cards for the 120+ dogs, 50+ cats and rabbits housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter. Hundreds of cards were submitted last year.
CARDS from adults are encouraged, too, but will not be judged in the contest. Rudd says, "There are hundreds of dogs and cats in our city who are looking for love and affection while waiting for forever homes. Let's show them our love this season. We encourage classrooms, scout groups, church youth groups, and other organizations to create cards for the animals."
Cards should be received at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808, on or before noon on Sat., Feb. 11, 2017. Students should place their name, grade level, teacher's name and school name on the very back of the card. Cards will not be returned.
WIN A PIZZA PARTY! The student who crates the winning card will receive a pizza party for their friends, classroom or group (up to 30 people). Judging will take into consideration the grade level of the student, and will be based on creativity, originality, and first impression. The folded cards should not exceed 5x7, and should not include any particular animal’s name. Volunteers will randomly assign a card to an animal’s kennel. The goal is to get at least one card per animal that will be attached to each pet's kennel through the Valentine's Day week.
YAPPY HOUR AT NOON: In addition to the regular shelter hours, the public is invited to come view the cards and their creators, spend time with the animals and "fall in love" during a special Yappy Hour from noon to 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 11, where drinks and cookies will be served to human guests, soft love songs will be playing, the shelter animals will receive special Valentine's goodies, and awards will be announced for the best Valentine's cards.
Justin Rudd and the Miss Long Beach and Miss Southern California Cities titleholders will also be hosting the event and contest. The Yappy Hour will surely allow visitors time to find a 4-legged sweetheart to love.
Regular hours are Wed. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat. thru Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed Mon. and Tues.
It is illegal to breed dogs in Long Beach without a Breeding Permit and illegal to sell or adopt animals without a Transfer Permit. More information is available online about the permitting process and the consequences. BREEDING ENFORCEMENT DETAILS
Choose a New Best Friend Haute Dog Adoptions & Rescue Groups ADOPTION IS a great option! CLICK HERE for a huge listing of shelters, rescues, and agencies Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach and all of Southern California where you can find beautiful, adoptable dogs of all breeds and mixes. MORE
LONG BEACH | 15TH ANNUAL
Bring Your Pets to the FREE Interfaith Blessing of the Animals Sun., Oct. 16, 2016
WE'LL BLESS THE PETS, Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, at sunset (procession begins at 5:40 p.m.) at 1 Granada Ave., Belmont Shore in Long Beach, 90803, next to Rosie's Dog Beach, on the concrete boat launch ramp overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Interfaith Blessing of the Animals is FREE and presented by Haute Dogs and Justin Rudd.
Seniors, families, singles, and children, were encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets. We also host some farm animals at this event, including horses, ponies, lambs, an alpaca, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens. DETAILS
16th-annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade is Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE is Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:30 p.m., to include more than 500 costumed dogs and a few thousand dogless gawkers. Marina Vista Park, corner of Colorado St. & Santiago Ave.
Haute Dogs is expected to again donate thousands of dollars to animal welfare programs from money raised. FREE to watch. Rent a chair on-site for $5 cash. DETAILS
The 16th-annual HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE will be Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803.
16th-annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade with Vendors, Pet Adoption Fair & Kids/Adults Costume Contest World's largest Halloween pet event! -------- THE PARADE
IS Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:30 p.m. The stat/finish is at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803 (at the end of Marine Stadium; across from the fire station, by the tennis courts). The parade is on the concrete bike path that runs through the park from Colorado St. to Eliot St.
Or, you can register at the event for $20/dog with forms we'll have on-site.
There will be three food/drink vendors on-site.
Event t-shirt will be available for $7.
We encourage humans to wear costumes, too!
You do not have to enter dogs in the parade.
Dogs are welcome to watch the parade if they stay behind the white row of chairs or in your lap.
Kids and dogs are not allowed to sit in front of the front row of chairs.
Seating is available (if not sold out) for $5/cash at the event.
You can bring your own chair and sit on the second row.
It's free to enter the humand costume contest/parade at 2:25. Just be signed-in at the registration tent to get your entry number. Humans should wear entry number on their right hip.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED for the holiday toy/treat/supplies collection drive for shelter/rescue dogs and cats. If you, your company or your organization would like to become a part of Operation Santa Paws, please contact the organizer at Justin@JustinRudd.com, and he can e-mail you a pdf file for the poster (or click the logo at left to download a poster) that you can print and place on a cardboard box(es) or large plastic tub for a drop box that you can place in your office, at a pet store, veterinarian office, church, school, etc. Be sure to include the exact business name, address, and phone of where your box(es) will be so we can list it below.
Then invite your friends, family, co-workers, etc. to put new toys and bags of treats in the box/tub. You can also contact your local newspapers and other media outlets and let them know what you are doing and ask them to help you get the word out.
And, when you are finished collecting goods at your location on the date you choose, you can deliver your collected items to your favorite shelter or drop the goods at one of our major drop-off locations (in the Los Angeles/Orange County area) listed below where we'll pick it up and deliver to various local shelters and rescues on the Saturday before Christmas. DETAILS
Enter the Haute Dog Poetry Contest following the "30-Minute Beach Cleanup" on Mar. 19
To participate in the 202nd monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanup and the 6th year of the Haute Dog Poetry Contest, arrive 9:35 - 10 a.m. and get free parking when you enter the beachfront lot at 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803 before 10 a.m. Get a free raffle ticket for door prizes, if you are arrived before 10 a.m.
- poetry does not have to be memorized
- max. two poems per entrant
- poems must be one minute or less
- no props; dogs welcome
- all ages welcome to enter, entry is free
- poetry must be original and dog-themed
- microphone provided
- bring a printed copy of your poem
- sign-up at the event
- more about the beach cleanup before the poetry contest and free parking pass download for cleanup volunteers: BeachCleanup.org
AWARDS & JUDGING
Age and grade level will be taken into consideration by judges. Awards include $20 bills.