August 13, 2010Barkworthy: Bark for Life

This post is part of a new series here on phetched, Barkworthy, which will highlight fido-friendly charitable organizations and events.

Last weekend the pups, my husband and I participated in Bark for Life here in Asheville, an event for dogs and their owners to raise money for the American Cancer Society. You’re probably familiar with Relay for Life, and Bark for Life is sort of a spin-off of that… the dog-friendly version!

The event, the first of its kind here in Asheville, was held down by the river at the Wedge Brewery and Studios. Hundreds of dogs and their owners showed up to show their support for the American Cancer Society. Special events included musical performances, agility and police K9 demonstrations, pet adoptions, and, of course, plenty of dog-watching and butt-sniffing.

More photos and words after the jump…

The highlight of the evening’s activities was a huge doggie parade through the local neighborhood (our city’s River Arts District) to help raise awareness and support.

Both human and canine cancer survivors in attendance were honored and applauded for their brave battles.

In all, over 125 dogs and 200 humans were in attendance, and we raised $8,000 for the American Cancer Society! That’s a lot of beans, y’all! We certainly encourage you to sniff around for Bark for Life events happening in your area.

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5 comments

  1. Peaches’s avatar

    Well, when I see a three-legged dog out there doing it, it kind of makes me feel like a loser for not doing more volunteering myself. Thanks for the inspiration, Phetched!

  2. blanket’s avatar

    Love the idea of the parade through town, what a great event and raising $8,000…brilliant!

  3. Trude’s avatar

    That’s awesome! Such cute pups. :) And what a fundraising result!

  4. Ashley’s avatar

    That is such a unique fundraiser idea! I need to figure out a way to get my town to host a Bark for Life event now.

  5. Shauna (Fido & Wino)’s avatar

    We went to a pooch event supporting the BC Cancer Society in June- great idea!

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