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UPDATED NOV. 4, 2019


Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.)


THE HAUTE DOG organization (pro-nounced "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.

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.

This Web site is dedicated to my English Bulldogs Rosie and Riley and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.

Warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team
a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs

THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals and the environment.

C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes Haute Dogs and:
4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4Dog-themed Poetry contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
4So Cal Adult Spelling Bee
4Sidewalk Chalk Art & Poet
ry Contest
4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Easter Parade
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Pajama Run
45k/10k Grunion Run
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups.


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Haute Dog Happenings
< A review of some doggone good canine events

SINCE 2001, Haute Dogs has had many years of fun-filled events for local dogs and their owners in the Long Beach, California area. Tail-wagging activities have included Haute Dogs on the Beach play days and Yappy Hours; the Haute Dog Easter Parade, the Sept. 11 K-9 Vigil and Fundraiser; the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade for Charity; the Haute Dog Triathlon; Operation Santa Paws; a pooch-themed poetry contest; a dog-themed sidewalk chalk art festival; the Interfaith Blessing of the Animals; and the much-acclaimed opening of the 3-acre Long Beach off-leash Dog Beach Zone.

HAUTE DOG EASTER PARADE (ON HIATUS) Just about every breed from greyhound to poodle to fox terrier, and even a potbellied pig, has participated in the Haute Dog Easter Parades which are held annually on Easter Sunday to raise money for local charities

Some 350-400 pooches, most colorfully costumed in Easter attire, pack Livingston Park each Easter before beginning their parade down Second Street from Argonne Avenue to Nieto Avenue and back to the park to complete the 12-block event.

HAUTE DOGS ON THE BEACH For the first time in more than 30 years, dogs were permitted to play on a city beach on Sunday, June 24, 2001, despite complaints from nearby residents that the pooches would leave a mess behind when the day was done. In order to both comply and defy existing ordinances banning unleashed dogs, the city allowed some K-9 freedom on the beach in what was called an "event" to qualify for the one-time status.

After several site changes and a last-minute petition seeking to stop the event, "Haute Dogs on the Beach" turned out to be a big success for the roughly 400 beach-loving dogs and their owners who made the trip downtown. Protests from downtown residents at that first Haute Dogs On the Beach forced city officials to relocate the event to a stretch of sand between Argonne and St. Joseph Avenues for the second beach event. More than 500 frolicking, tongue-wagging, four-legged critters eagerly took to the beach in Belmont Shore in July. The very-popular, monthly beach outings continued successfully through the summer of 2003.

A 15-month pilot program for daily beach off-leash access began in August 2003 and ended Oct. 31, 2004, when the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved the permanent Dog Zone. The Dog Zone is located in Belmont Shore, between Argonne and Roycroft avenues and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, dog lovers gathered on the beach to honor the search-and-rescue teams nationwide who have worked tirelessly in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The group of more than 100 people paused for a moment of silence on the beach at Argonne Avenue and Ocean Boulevard in memory of those killed in the attacks and to show their support for the men, women and K-9 partners who scoured the rubble hour after hour in search of victims.

The attendees poured out their hearts and wallets to raise money for the training of a search-and-rescue dog for the Long Beach Police Department.

With the infusion of several hundred dollars raised at the vigil and fund-raiser honoring New York and Washington's search-and-rescue teams, Long Beach police hope to soon add a "rubble dog" to its team.

Hundreds of devilish dogs, kooky canines and haunted hounds take over the Belmont Shore area on a Sunday around Halloween each year for an adorable pooch parade and animal charity fund-raiser.

The costumed canines will drag their owners to Livingston Park for the event, organized to give dogs some Halloween fun and raise money for local non-profits. Some beneficiaries have included spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, Seal Beach Animal Care Center, Friends of Long Beach Animal Shelter and Recreation Dog Park.

Present among the sea of pups packed into the tiny park are dogs dressed as nurses, ballerinas, vampires, clowns, superheroes, rescue dogs, soldiers, etc. In addition to costume judging before the parade began, dogs enjoy"bobbing for Howl'o-weenies" -- a takeoff on the traditional bobbing for apples.

Blessing of the Animals
< Peruse pics of pups, opposoms and parrots

As seen on TV. Some 300 canines, an opossum, a rat, some cats and a few other pets are expected to attend the annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals in Long Beach CLICK HERE for details and pics.

Haute Off the Press!

Haute Dogs founder and event organizer Justin Rudd has worked in media relations for more than eight years with much success.Haute Dogs has had media attention that has included: TV: personal appearances on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno and the #1 rated KTLA-TV Morning News; news coverage by CNN Headline News, the Early Today Show, Animal Planet, KCBS-TV2, KNBC-TV4, KTLA-TV5, KABC-TV, KCAL-TV9, KTTV-TV11, KCOP-TV13, KMEX-TV (Spanish), KVEA-TV52 (Spanish), AND parade news coverage by more than 85 TV stations around the world (including every major US market). RADIO: KFWB-AM, KFI-AM, KNX-AM, KBIG-FM, KIIS-FM, CABLE: Channel 3 (Garden Grove), Charter Cable (Long Beach, Ch. 3 & 8), MAGAZINES: The Pet Press, Dog Fancy, OC Dog, Orange Coast magazine, Westways, Elle magazine, YM magazine, Sunset magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Long Beach magazine, LA Parent, Parenting OC, Whole Life Times, Baby Zone, The Blade, Coastal Living, as well as magazines from other countries, NEWSPAPER: Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, La Opinion (Spanish daily), LA Weekly, OC Weekly, LA CityBeat, Jewish Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Long Beach Business Journal, Grunion Gazette, Downtown Gazette, View from the Hill, The Signal, Signal Hill Star-Tribune, Beachweek, Long Beach Press-Telegram (daily), Beachcomber, Seal Beach Sun, Daily 49er (Cal State Long Beach), and many other local newspapers in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, ONLINE: AOL/ CityGuide national and local features (both Orange Co. and L.A. editions); CitySearch;;; and more. WIRE SERVICES: City News Service

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