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Bark for Life raises funds for cancer

Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Any dog owner will tell you —the companionship of a canine can get you through some tough times, especially when cancer comes knocking on life’s door.

Bark For Life, a canine event to fight cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held at Bridgeport Park on Oct. 20 from 8-11:30 a.m. Along with the one-mile dog-friendly walk, activities include a blessing of the dogs by Pastor Kevin Johnson from Real Life Church and cancer survivors who will talk about how much their dogs helped with their struggles.

As cancer survivor Teresa Stewart shared, “While most would turn to their family, and I did, we also turn to the four-legged family members. You see, they don’t care if you smell like medicine, are puffy from infusions, missing a body part or are hairless. You are still you. Sienna, my golden retriever, didn’t seem to notice the changes in me during that time and gave me strength. I’m very proud to say she is my best friend and cancer angel.”

Guest speaker Vicki Tashman, a survivor whose journey included the support and companionship of her golden retriever Lucy (later along with another dog Ricky) will share her story, including how the tables turned and Lucy became the one with cancer. Vicki then became her supporter and caretaker.

Vendors with dog-themed merchandise will be onsite, and participants can have formal portraits taken with their dogs, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. An exciting raffle will feature canine-related products and services, restaurant gift certificates and amusement park tickets.

Activities and entertainment abound, with Appawse, a musical freestyle demo team comprised of a group of trainers whose dogs are titled in obedience, rally, hunting, tracking, nose work and agility, as well as musical freestyle; therapy dogs and adoptable pets from the Castaic Shelter. Dogs can enter contests to be recognized for having the longest or shortest tail, longest ears, owner look-alike and best behaved, and a costume contest will be held for dogs with awards for the cutest, funniest, scariest and most original costume.

For more information on Bark For Life, including registration or joining a team, visit www.scvbark.org. Registration is $20 per dog and sponsorships are available.

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