Mutts Gone Nuts

Mutts Gone Nuts will be at the Renaissance Theatre on Jan. 19 in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD -- “Mutts Gone Nuts,” a talented troupe of rescued dogs and their trainers, will perform at the Renaissance on Sunday, Jan. 19, for two shows at 1 and 7 p.m.

The family-friendly show will feature a range of tricks and humor, lauded by the Washington Post as “A Must See.” The production is in collaboration with the Humane Society of Richland County and half of all proceeds will go to benefit the Humane Society.

Along with 10 canine stars, the show is led by trainers Scott and Joan Houghton, Samantha Valle, and Jonathan Burns. Scott and Joan Houghton have been performing together as a duo since 1984. They have played variety stages and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan as Jessie & James, a slapstick, unicycling act.

They spent three years as the featured comedy act with country music's Lee Greenwood both in Las Vegas and Tennessee, and seven years with Dolly Parton's production, Dixie Stampede. In 1996, the Houghtons adopted their first dog from a shelter in Knoxville, TN and later began fostering dogs in their off-season for a local rescue group. They practiced reward-based training methods through the influence of positive trainers Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, and Karen Pryor.

Managing Director of the Humane Society of Richland County, Linda Chambers, stated, "The Humane Society of Richland County is thrilled to partner with the Renaissance to bring Mutts Gone Nuts back to Mansfield. Not only are the dogs in this show incredibly entertaining, but they are also all rescues.

"As a non-profit animal welfare organization, we are always excited to spread the good and important work of animal rescue. We are grateful for this partnership and so excited for this fantastic show!"

Be sure to bring donatable items for the Humane Society and receive free popcorn at the show. Go to for a full list of donatable items.

Mutts Gone Nuts performs at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale starting at $15 at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone at 419-522-2726, and online at

A limited number of $50 Family Four Packs, which include four Section C seats and two popcorns, are available for this show. Mutts Gone Nuts is presented with sponsorship by Emerson Thermodisc, Nanogate, Jay systems LLC, PR Machine Works, and Dr. Scott Foster, Joint Replacement Surgeon, Avita Health System.

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