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'Mutts Gone Nuts' Captivates Oakton Library Crowd

Four-legged friends entertain and carry a message

On a sunny and breezy Thursday afternoon, more than 75 people came out to enjoy "Mutts Gone Nuts," a special spring break program at .

When Arnay Majeti, 3 years old, was asked what he thought the mutts might do, he answered confidently, “Dance.”

And dance they did, along with a host of other tricks, games and stunts all choreographed by their owners, entertainers Scott and Joan Houghton, also known as Jessie and James.

Mixed into the fun was an educational message about the importance of dog rescue and dog care. 

"Mutts Gone Nuts" was funded by the the nonprofit membership group supports library programming. Sixty seats sold out quickly and the library had a long waiting list. But because the weather cooperated, Oakton branch manager Jerilyn Polson announced to all library patrons the show was moving outdoors to the parking lot where all were welcome. 

Delia Ullberg, youth services manager, booked the entertainment geared to kids of all ages and the “young at heart.”

The show started with a quick lesson called the “ABC’s of Dog Safety”: Always Ask (to pet a dog); Be Slow (don’t surprise the dog); Chin or Chest (best place to pet a dog).

The Houghtons rescued the six show dogs — Fritz, Chico, Rusty, Sammie, Hank and Charlie — from overcrowded shelters. Five years ago they launched their new show geared around their four-legged friends. 

“If you get a dog, please adopt,” Houghton said. “Shelters have so many animals that need homes.” 

Rusty, the tri-colored Border Collie caught every Frisbee. Charlie, a Jack Russell Terrier, crossed a tightrope. Fritz, a 5-year-old American Eskimo, did whatever he wanted leading Houghton to quip, “He’s our ADHD dog.” 

From the crowd a voice called, “He’s the best dog ever!”

Heidi April 23, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Love the mutts, they are amazing! Great message to share, especially with kids and families. Kudos to friends of Oakton Library!

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