People and their dogs were all smiles on Saturday for American Cancer Society’s 2012 Bark For Life™, a non-competitive one mile fundraiser walk around Cook Park in Colonie, New York.
As a Best Friend event sponsor, Dog House Adoptions proudly stood among an entire community of people, dogs, organizations and vendors honoring the care giving qualities of canine best friends to cancer survivors.
A record breaking 131 participants formed 31 teams raising $22,069.74 to help the American Cancer Society save lives, moving closer to the ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
From the Opening Ceremony and Blessing of the Pets forward, the morning’s events were chock full. In addition to the walk, there were competitions for best trick, best dressed human/canine couple in a Cinco de Mayo theme, and demonstrations by the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International and the JAZZ Agility Club. Plenty of raffle winners, music, food and so much more made this doggy-dog affair great fun. The only cat on site was South Paw, mascot of the Tri-City Valley Cats minor league baseball team, but he received a warm welcome from dogs and children alike – regardless of difference in species.
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Learn more about Bark For Life™ and find/host an event in your town! Relay for Life walks are nationwide with or without dogs, whether community, college or high school activities. Get involved. It’s so much fun!
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Bark for Life 2012
Kim Clune introduces Dog House Adoptions at public debut.
Walkers wander in.
Ready for the Opening Ceremony
Blessing of the Animals
South Paw befriends the Pound Hound
Kids and canines, a cute and cuddly combination
When do we walk?
Rounding up the troops.
South Paw, Tri-City Valley Cats' mascot, gets a doggy kiss.
Dancing with the DJ!
Here come the walkers!
And they keep on coming.
Yucking it up.
Dogs, dogs, and more dogs.
Hitching a ride...
Foxy makes a friend.
Why we're here!
Two very cavalier Cavaliers!
Coming around again...
Meet Iris. She turns 18 on August 20th and she's Barking for Life!
It's a pug fest!
Pug lovers unite!
This Basset is a total asset!
Ella the Newf from Therapy Dogs International!
We like Tiny Tony's tongue, and the rest of him too!
JAZZ Agility Club putting on an impressive show.
Kiss that sweet Bull. I did! And I liked it!
Great to see our friends at Out of the Pits!
This Pitty is sitting pretty!
Author Peggy Frezon gets some Foxy lovin'.
Peggy and her friend Moses
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Namaste, sitting pretty for a snack.
Helping herself (with permission).
Thanks to Georgia Rella for the delectable bake sale items!
Foxy spots a family.
Getting to know each other.
Do you want to come home with us?
Foxy says yes!
Signing on the dotted line...
WITH SPECIAL THANKS
Thanks to Peggy Frezon, author of Dieting with My Dog and Heart to Heart, Hand to Paw, for inviting us! We also thank baker extraordinaire, Georgia Rella, for making delicious snickerdoodles, brownies and banana bread muffins to benefit the dogs at Dog House Adoptions.org. And we thank Marie and Tom for turning our first public informational event into a successful adoption clinic!