To Do: PAWS Mutt Strut at The Navy Yard

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Dogs are many things: cuddly, smart, cute, an adorable form of heat during the colder months … the list goes on and on. And, it turns out, they are also good for our health.

Studies show that when a person pets a dog, their body releases oxytocin, also known as “the cuddle hormone.” Seriously, I didn’t make that up. Oxytocin helps to reduce blood pressure and decreases cortisol levels. Some doctors even suggest that having a dog as a pet is a more effective anti-depressant than Prozac.


So, where can you get a fix of this totally natural happy-drug? The PAWS Mutt Strut, of course!

On October 19th, Philadelphia's largest no-kill animal shelter is holding its seventh annual walk at The Navy Yard. But this is not your typical walk. There will be a dog agility course, a pit bull kissing booth (yes, please), a talent contest and many more events for the pooches. And for us humans, live music and a bevy of food trucks, including Pitruco Pizza, Calle Del Sabor and Say Cheese.

There will be tons of adoptable pups at the event and everyone is welcome, with or without a dog. If you don't have your own mutt to strut, you can even "rent" a PAWS dog for the day. Who knows? With all of those health benefits, you might decide to keep him! To help in the effort to make Philadelphia a no-kill city, register for the event here.

$25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under; October 19th, check-in/registration begins at 9 a.m., walk begins at 11 a.m., The Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

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  • davidorth

    A pit bull kissing booth? Will I get to join hundreds of strangers, shoving my face into the snout of an unfamiliar dog and invading his personal space? Sign me up! I’m sure what happened to reporter Kyle Dyer was a fluke. Besides, scars look cool.