Bilton Wines and Animal Rescue Organization – Strut Your Mutt

On Sunday 30 September 2012, Bilton Wines will host the Animal Rescue Organisation Strut Your Mutt 2012. Animal lovers and their four-legged friends will be getting ready to either walk their best friend or show them off in the Fun Dog Show! The Best Friends Dog Walk at 9am gives participants the choice of either a 2km or 4,1km walk through the beautiful vineyards nestled below the Helderberg Mountains or alternatively you can show off your Best Friend in our Fun Dog Show taking place at 12pm.

The Strut Your Mutt event is based on our quarterly Best Friends Dog Walk which takes place at Bilton Wines in Stellenbosch, however, as it is the last Best Friends Dog Walk for 2012 we decided to spruce it up a bit and add an array of fun activities to suit everyone.

The Fun Dog Show will include 5 categories: Puppy (6 – 12 months); Veteran (7+ years); Owner / Dog Look-a-like; Waggiest Tail and the Best Brakkie (Cross Breeds Only).  Judges will include Julie Tobiansky, trainer at Cape Province Dog Club and Lara Potgieter, national finalist in the Miss Earth SA competition. Montego Feeds have sponsored a great variety of prizes and goodie bags for all Dog Show contestants.

There will be a variety of Market Stalls to browse, and delicious picnic baskets available from Bilton Wines, pre-orders are essential. For more information on the picnics, email or place an order when pre-registering (the option is available on the registration forms). In addition, there is a wonderful play area for the little ones and the Cape Province Dog Club will be giving an agility demonstration.

The Best Friends Dog walk is an off-road trail, so remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. The Animal Rescue Organisation urges owners to exercise caution with their dogs, especially short-nose breeds and dogs with respiratory complaints. Puppies under six months old are not allowed to take part in either the Best Friends Dog Walk or Fun Dog Show.

There will be water points all along the walking routes and our senior veterinarian will be on site should there be any problems. The Best Friends Dog walk starts at 09h00 and registration opens at 08h30, and the Fun Dog Show will take place at 12h00 and registration opens at 10h00.

You can pre-register online at or alternatively pick up an entry form at selected local veterinarians, the ARO Head Quarters in Ottery, Bilton Wines or the ARO Charity Shop in Bergvliet (51 Main Road, Bergvliet). Cost for the Best Friends Dog walk is R20 per dog R10 per person, and the Fun Dog Show is R30 per category.

If you’d like more information on the event please contact Jessica Perrins 021 396 5511 / . We look forward to seeing you there!



Strut Your Mutt 2012 at Bilton Wines – for Animal Rescue Organization

I’ve been to Bilton Wines a couple times over the last year for the Animal Rescue Organizations’ Dog Walk events. It’s a beautiful estate and people and their dogs have the options of a 2km, 3km or 4km walk through the vineyards. On 30 September 2012 ARO are taking it further by including a dog show, market stalls and other entertainment. It’s definitely a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning with furry friends and family 🙂