97.3 The Dawg was very proud to be part of the very first Strut Your Mutt yesterday morning in downtown Lafayette at Parc Sans Souci. Hundreds of dog lovers showed up to stroll with their pooch.

The Best Friends national organization was on hand along with many of the local animal rescue groups who support the well-being of our "best friends". The mission of the event is to raise money for the many local aforementioned groups to help bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets.

Perhaps the bigger attraction was Vampire Diaries star and Covington, Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder. A huge dog lover, Somerhalder was part of the event in conjunction with his own foundation - Ian Somerhalder Foundation - which was one of the many benefactors of the event.

And a final huge thanks to our friend Blue Rolfes and the fine folks at KLFY TV-10 who were the driving force behind this wonderful event.

Here are a few pictures we snapped at this amazing celebration.