Bark For Life
I had never heard about Bark For Life, a canine event to end cancer until a few months ago. Well for all of us dog lovers, what a fabulous idea! Not only do many of our four-legged friends go through the disease, our dogs can also sometimes be the best of caregivers for humans going through cancer.
This event (they happen all over the U.S. but this one happens right here in Vermont in Arlington) is for dogs and dog lovers to come celebrate life, remember those we have lost, and raise money in the fight to end cancer. As the new staff partner for Bennington county, I was lucky enough to be a part of this event this past weekend and I can’t wait for next year.
It was raining but so many people and their pets came out to take a “bite out of cancer” and have a grand old time in the process! There were big dogs (Irish Wolfhounds), small dogs (Chihuahua) and every size dog in between for the walk. Then the competition heated up with best dressed, human companion look alike, best trick, and interviews with local animal shelters and businesses. State Troopers with their K-9 working companions came out to give a few demonstrations to the crowd and the day ended with a 50/50 raffle that was won, and so generously donated back.
We also had a local celebrity come to our event who also happens to be a dog lover. Tuffy from National Geographic’s Building Wild brought his dog Tucker along to join in the fight.
What a fun day!