2012-03-22 / Front Page

Police K-9 with cancer to lead parade for Relay’s Bark for Life event this Saturday

A local police dog with cancer will be one of many dogs participating in Saturday’s Bark for Life event from 10 to 1 at the McGill-Woodruff Ag Center in Washington.

Bandit, the Washington Police Department’s K-9 officer, and Officer Tom Deverger will take part in the event, which is a fundraiser for the 2012 Wilkes County American Cancer Society Relay for Life set for May 5.

“This is going to be a really fun event for people and their dogs,” said Wilkes Relay chairman Margie Burke. “And it will get everyone ready for our big Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 5.”

Registration is $20 for the first canine participant from each household and $10 for each additional canine participant.

Although all proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society, participants are also asked to each bring an item to donate to the Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter as part of their registration fee. “The animal shelter is in need of dog and cat food, towels and blankets, and cleaning supplies – detergent, bleach, paper towels, disinfectant,” she said.

The animal shelter will also have adoptable dogs at the event.

Saturday’s Bark for Life will start at 10 a.m. with a Blessing of the Animals, followed by a Pet Parade and a chance to visit vendors, bid in a silent auction, and get photos made with the Easter Bunny. At noon, guest judges will be judging all dogs entered and award prizes for smallest dog, largest dog, furriest dog, longest tail, best trick, best dressed, the dog that looks most like its owner, and the dog that most represents the Bark for Life/Relay for Life.

“Each registered dog will receive a complimentary goodie bag for participating and will have the chance to win some great prizes,” Burke said. Most of the local Relay for Life teams will have tents set up at the event, she said, not only to raise funds but also to recruit new members and get more cancer survivors involved in Relay.

Canine caregivers include canine companions, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer survivor dogs, and diagnostic dogs, who with their owners, are joining the American Cancer Society as Relay teams, said Beth Firebaugh, ACS community manager. “The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life is an irresistible way to partner with your canine best friend, make new friends – canine and human, and join in the fight against cancer!”

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