Local pets, owners set to Bark for Life this weekend

Dogs in costumes and a contest for the cutest canine and closest resemblance to the owner are among events planned for the second annual Bark for Life of Sussex County.

Designed to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the dog walk is expected to attract about 75 pets and 250 humans who will gather at the American Legion on Route 24 in Millsboro from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“We’ll have the dog walk, food, games, dog vendors and human vendors. The Millsboro Animal Hospital will be there. All registered dogs will get a goody bag with toys and treats and fun things to play with,” said Ashley Webb, community development manager for the American Cancer Society of Delmarva.

Hocker’s barbecue food truck will be there, and a disc jockey will play music. Dogs and their owners will walk around a short track and also be able to enjoy contests and a K-9 demonstration.

Registration costs $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog. See www.sussexbarkforlife.org or the Facebook page at facebook.com/sussexbark/ for more information.

The goal to raise $2,500 was reached last year, Webb said.

“This event feeds into the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. It helps the Road to Recovery that provides rides for people to and from treatment and helps to fund the Hope Lodge. That’s the place where patients can stay if they have to go away from home for treatment. It’s a free place to stay. Money raised also goes toward research,” Webb said.

“I think it’s important that we recognize the canine caregivers,” she said.

“My mom has cancer, and our oldest dog was always there for her at home even when we had school or work. This is a good way to honor the puppies, because they are the first ones we cry to.”

 

By Susan Canfora

Staff Reporter