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Last updated: April 15. 2014 2:38PM - 34 Views
By EVELYN LONG



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Morrow County is hosting its second annual “Bark for Life” event Sunday, April 27 from 2 to 4 pm at the Morrow County fairgrounds.


Bark for Life is a fund raising event that honors the life-long contributions of the canine care giver. The event presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships.


Canine care givers include canine companions, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer survivor dogs and diagnostic dogs, who along with their owners are joining the American Cancer Society as a Relay team.


They participate to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people lost to cancer and to fund raise in support of the American Cancer Society mission of eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The great thing about canine companions is that they give unconditional love, joy, security, compassion and they don’t judge the survivors abilities or appearance. During this event, friends, families and local residents will bring their dogs out to the fairgrounds for a few hours of fun. There will be a dog walk for cancer, a costume contest, best trick contest and a biggest/smallest dog contest. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.


There is a $10 registration fee for this event for the dog and the owner team, plus an items for the Animal Shelter. Suggested are peanut butter, Kongs, snausages, Dawn detergent, dry and canned dog food and jars of baby food. Each registered canine will receive a bandana and Bark for Life dog tag. Canine and human cancer survivors will also be recognized.


Opening ceremonies will begin at 2 pm and will be followed by the one mile dog walk with demonstrations and contests throughout the remainder of the time.


Many of our Relay for Life teams will be present selling dog related items to help with their fund raising efforts. Also on hand will be vendors and local rescue groups.


You don’t have a dog? Don’t worry, the Morrow County Animal Shelter will have their adoptable dogs available for you to bond with and register to walk with during Bark for Life. You may even find a new “fur-ever ” friend.


For your registration form or more information, contact Carolyn Curtis at 419-560-4969 or stop by First Knox Bank, Mount Gilead or at Maple Run Veterinary Clinic for both individual and vendor registration forms You can also visit Facebook.


Just search Bark for Life of Morrow County. Registration will also be held that day beginning at 1:30 pm. Enter through Gate C and follow the signs.


Information from Connie Mattingly.


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