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UPDATED DEC. 5, 2014


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Justin Rudd's Haute Dogs, Long Beach, Calif.  THE HAUTE
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.

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.

Wags to Whiskers


This Web site is dedicated to my late bulldogs Rosie and Riley, my current bulldog POTUS, and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.
With warm regards,

Justin Rudd! Exec. Director
Community Action Team (C.A.T.) a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs


Operation Santa Paws for Abused and Abandoned Dogs & Cats

operation santa paws justin ruddYOUR 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, 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.

red plastic tub collection bin for Operation Santa PawsThen 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

Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach is VERY Popular Year-Round

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ROSIE'S DOG BEACH in Long Beach permits off-leash beach access for dogs and their owners in a 4-acre area, daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The area, named after Justin Rudd's late English Bulldog "Rosie" that inspired the beach's creation, is at 4800 E. Ocean Blvd., basically between Roycroft and Granada avenues at the water in Belmont Shore, 90803. THE LAW: ONE DOG PER ADULT. Dogs must remain on-leash unless within the orange-coned area at the water. CLICK HEREfor a Rosie's Dog Beach map, driving directions, rules, photos and more details.

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Long Beach Named a Top Dog-Friendly City in U.S.

Dog Fancy writes, "Long Beach makes our list of the best cities for dogs. And while this city of just under 500,000 people boasts a dog-friendly beach and tony Second Street, a shopping area that’s truly dog-friendly, it’s Long Beach’s innovative events for dogs and dog lovers that set this town apart. At the Haute Dog Parade, 400 or so costumed dogs march down the city’s streets, some in flower-bedecked wagons and carts (think pooch-sized Rose Parade). Other attention-grabbing events include the Bulldog Beauty Contest, which attracts several hundred English and French Bulldogs on Valentine’s Day weekend and crowns the “Bull of the Ball.”

But Long Beach isn’t all fun and games: Serious-minded programs include Operation Santa Paws, where residents collect toys and treats for shelter dogs at Christmas.

rosie the bulldogThe man behind all these events is Justin Rudd, a longtime community activist and founder of Haute Dogs, a nonprofit organization that raises money and attention for homeless pets. So what inspired the Alabama-born Rudd to help transform Long Beach into a dog lover’s urban Disneyland? 'My Bulldog, Rosie (SHOWN). I wanted to start a movement … that allows dogs to be a very special and deliberate part of our day-to-day life,' he says. 'I like to celebrate the connections we have with our dogs.'”

Illegal Breeding in Long Beach

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

Haute Dog Adoptions & Rescue Groups

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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

$500 Haute Dogs Poetry Contest is May 19, 2013

Haute Dogs Poetry Contest$500 up for grabs - tha'ts up to five $100 winners! This is the 5th year for the contest that will take place at Rosie's Dog Beach on Sat., May 19 at 10:45 a.m. Hosted by Justin Rudd's Haute Dogs and 30-Minute Beach Cleanup.

- every entrant will receive food/water dishes donated by ORE Originals; top-five will receive cash (details below)
- poetry does not have to be memorized
- poems must be two minutes 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
- max. two poems per entrant
- sign-up at the event

The contest is held after the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup and SoCal Mustache Championship (see ends on Sat., May 19. The cleanup is from 10-10:30 a.m. Contest starts about 10:50 a.m. at the orange cones of Rosie's Dog Beach, closest to the Granada Boat Launch Ramp. Dogs are welcome at the monthly beach cleanups within the orange-coned area.

Five winners will get $50 cash, but prize money doubles for each poet signed-in by 10 a.m., sharp, on the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. and who helps clean the beach for 30 minutes. There will be five $50 prizes, and if winners are signed-in and help with the cleanup as outlined, they will get $100 each. Beachfront parking at 1 Granada Ave. is free (starting at 9:35 a.m.) for beach cleanup volunteers (and refreshments and door prizes are provided for them).

Spectate and Enter Your Dogs Sun., Feb. 16, 2014: Dog Beauty Contests and HUGE Pet Adoption Fair.

Marine Stadium, 5225 Paoli Way, Long Beach, 90803 MAP

Entry is just $10 per dog and is good for all contests. All proceeds benefit local canine rescue, adoption and spay/neuter programs and programs of the nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). It's free to spectate, and $5 cash to rent a front-row seat on the grassy runway. Rent seats at the event with cash. The Pet Adoption and vendor fair is 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. There are 14 dog rescue groups, so far.

Bulldog Beauty Contest9:40 a.m.: Best talent/trick, all breeds/mixes
10 a.m.: English Bulldog Beauty Contest
11:15 a.m.: Senior Dog Pageant, (all breeds/mixes, ages 10+)
11:25: Best Costume/Outfit on a dog (all breeds/mixes)
11:45 a.m.: Pit Bull Pageant
12 p.m.: Cute Dog Contest
12 p.m.: Ugly Dog Contest
12:15 p.m.:  French Bulldog Pageant
12:35: Pug Pageant
12:50 p.m.: Best Tail (all breeds/mixes)
1 p.m.: National Mutt Show (any mixed breed)
1:15 p.m.: Best Smile (all breeds/mixes)
blue ribbon1:30 p.m.: Best in Show, (all breeds/mixes)
1:50 p.m.: Best Legs (all breeds/mixes)
2 p.m.: Chihuahua Beauty Contest
2:15 p.m.: Small Dog Pageant (generally 20 lbs. or less and/or shorter than 16 inches; not puppies)
2:25 p.m.: Large Dog Pageant (generally 60+ lbs.)
2:35 p.m.: Poodle Pageant (all sizes)
2:45 p.m.: Dachshund Pageant

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Valentine's Yappy Hour
Please attend the Haute Dogs' Yappy Hour and Valentine's card contest judging at noon on Sun., Feb. 9, 2014, at Long Beach Animal Care Services. Free parking.

Will You Enter the Valentine's Card Contest for Shelter Pets?

Long Beach Animal Care ServicesHAUTE DOGS,
Justin Rudd, and Westerly School are sponsoring the 5th-annual handmade Valentine's card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine's cards for the 120+ dogs and 50+ cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter. Hundreds of cards were submitted last year.

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Valentine's Card ContestCARDS 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. (MAP) Long Beach, CA 90808, on or before noon on Sun., Feb. 9, 2014.  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. 

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 and Card ContestYAPPY HOUR HOSTED BY WESTERLY SCHOOL. 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 Sun., Feb. 9, where punch and cookies will be served to human guests by students at Westerly School, 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 Long Beach beauty queens will be hosting the event. The Yappy Hour will surely allow visitors 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.  Direct any questions to  Visit the shelter online at

Bring Your Pets to the FREE Interfaith Blessing of the Animals Sat., Oct. 19, 2014

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WE'LL BLESS THE PETS, Sat., Oct. 19, 2014, at sunset (procession begins at 5:45 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.

haute dog howloween parade logo justin rudd14th-annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade is Oct. 26

HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE is Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, 2:30 p.m., to include more than 500 costumed dogs and a few thousand dogless gawkers. Haute Dogs is expected to again donate thousands of dollars to animal welfare programs from money raised. FREE to watch. Rent a chair for $5. DETAILS

2013 Photo Galleries
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The 14th annual HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE was Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803.


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