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Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Dog day afternoon

Canines and their companions enjoy Bark in the Park


McCurry Park in Fayetteville will be going to the dogs this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Bark in the Park returns for a fifth year.

A fund-raiser for the Fayette County Humane Society and its programs and services, the event unites all county canines and their owners for a day of walking, games and demonstrations.

South metro animal lovers can pick up registration forms at any county veterinary clinic. The dog owner who raises the most money, and is over the age of 21, will win a trip for two to Savannah. The owner under the age of 21 who raises the most money will receive an entertainment gift certificate package.

There will be the same contests as there have been in year's past; Best Trick and Best Costume, as well as owner/dog games, a silent auction, a Blessing of the Animals, door prizes and a $25 pet-portrait package. The event will be emceed by Dan Blankowski and his Magic Music Machine.

There are also some special additions to this year's program. John Reid, a gemologist with Mucklow's Fine Jewelry in Peachtree City, will be on hand with his two dogs, Edge and Carl. Edge is a Border Collie who will perform an agility demonstration, while Carl is a "retired" pointer. He was the first agility titled pointer in the U.S. Obedience trainer Diane Gordon of Puppy Tales also will share her expertise of obedience training using positive reinforcement.

There is a $20 registration/entrance fee per family, and all registrants that fill out forms and raise a minimum of $20 will receive Bark in the Park 2001 t-shirts.

The event will take place rain or shine and owners must be able to produce certificates of rabies vaccination if asked. The Humane Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, not affiliated with the county-owned and operated Animal Shelter.

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