Strut Your Pup For ‘Heeling’ Autism

Brinkley, a puppy in training for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, meets a golden retriever at Strut Your Pup in Cold Spring on Nov. 3. Photo by J. Tao

Parade of dogs designed to raise awareness

On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Cold Spring Lions Club will be hosting the fourth annual “strut” of dogs and puppies down Main Street to raise awareness of service dogs for children on the autism spectrum trained by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Registration will take place on the lawn of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Main Street and Route 9D (Chestnut Street). The parade will travel to the foot of Main and back.  All leashed, well-behaved dogs are invited.

Families who have Heeling Autism service dogs will also be on hand to speak about how their animals provide safety and companionship for children with autism, helping to increase independence and reduce parents’ stress.

The event will include food, refreshments and a raffle, as well as an appearance by Wrangler, a Guiding Eyes dog-in-training who is regularly featured on NBC’s Today Show. The rain date for the parade is Sunday, Oct. 18. For more information, visit and

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