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 Bark For Life of Bennington Countyfabulous 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.

Walking at the Bark For Life

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.

K-9 demo

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.

Tuffy and Tucker from Building Wild

I got to hang out with Tuffy and Tucker for a bit – both great guys!

What a fun day!

 

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3 responses to “Bark For Life”

  1. Eliza Waters says :

    This sounded like a fun event. Too bad about the chilly rain! Is this a fundraiser for humans or dogs? I couldn’t tell… My 11-yr.old ‘puppy’ had a tumor this Feb. and lost her spleen, but she seems to have recovered well and we hope for a few more years together. Dogs really are ‘(wo)man’s best friend!’

    • vermontfarmheart says :

      I couldn’t agree more that dogs are a (wo)man’s best friend! Well put! 🙂 It really is for dogs but at the same time it is for both. We celebrate the fact that dogs are sometimes the best caretakers for humans going through cancer, and yet we also honor those dogs that have cancer, are survivors, or that we have lost due to cancer. It was so cute – we had two survivor dogs that day and we let them lead the walk as well as gave them “Survivor” sashes to wear!

  2. Looking Out The Window says :

    What a fun sounding event. We did a similar walk where we live and it was weather just like yours. Post like yours help get the word out.

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