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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001

    Take your mutt for a strut

    The Humane Society of North Pinellas County will host its ninth annual Mutt Strut from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Highlander Park in Dunedin.

    You and your best friend are invited to enjoy a 1-mile fun walk and pet fair featuring prizes, vacation drawings, pet caricatures, pet contests, entertainment, shopping, pet contests and a dog agility course. There will be a clinic on site where your dog can be implanted with a microchip for permanent identification for only $10. Special guests will include local celebrities (and their pooches) and more than 50 shelter dogs waiting to be adopted.

    If you don't own a dog but would like to participate, you can walk a shelter dog (please call 727-796-3581 in advance). There is no fee to participate in the strut-a-thon, but donations are accepted.

    Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of North Pinellas, which relies on donations to care for 8,000 animals each year. Highlander Park is at Michigan Avenue and Pinehurst Road, 10 minutes from Countryside Mall. For information, call (727) 797-7722.

    Oh, say can you see yourself singing?

    Ever dream of belting out the national anthem on a baseball field in front of a stadium full of hundreds of people? Here's your chance.

    The Dunedin Blue Jays have scheduled national anthem auditions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Individuals or groups interested in performing the song prior to games must schedule a try-out time in advance by calling Rick Batto at (727) 733-9302 ext. 2875.

    Auditions will be held in half-hour blocks throughout the day. Performers will be required to complete a registration form letting the Blue Jays know when they will be available to sing during the season.

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