Bark For Life, will be held Sunday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Stuart Elementary School.
This event honors the care-giving qualities of our canine “best friends” and includes a dog walk and special activities and contests for dogs and their human companions.
Residents are invited to bring dogs to form a Bark For Life companion team. The pre-event registration fee is $20 per dog/human team and includes a bandana and goodie bag for the dog and a T-shirt for the human.
The day of Bark For Life, the registration fee will be $25 per dog/human team.
Go to www.relayforlife.org/barkbradleytn to register or call 423-716-3366 for an application to be mailed to you. Applications are also available at the Cleveland PetCo.
The event will begin with food vendors and pet photos from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The Bark For Life ceremony will start at 2 p.m., followed by a dog walk and then fun activities such as musical dogs, cutest costume contest, cutest trick contest and an obstacle course for both the dog and their human companion.
The top 12 canines who raise money from now through July 1 will be featured in a 2012 Bark For Life Calendar.
The first-place dog will get the first choice of month in the calendar, the second-place dog will get the second choice, etc. Go to the website to register your dog and begin raising money to win a month in the calendar.
The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the lifelong contribution of all canine caregivers. Canine caregivers are all canine companions, which include but are not limited to, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer survivor dogs, diagnostic dogs, who with their owners, are joining the American Cancer Society to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people lost to cancer, to raise funds in support of cancer research, education, awareness, patient services, advocacy, and to help eliminate the suffering that cancer causes worldwide.
“Canine companions represent unconditional love, joy, security, compassion, and no judgments of human abilities or appearances,” said American Cancer Society volunteer Paula Morfield.
“Bark For Life is a way to ‘take a bite out of cancer’, smile, and make new friends, both canine and human, while supporting the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society.”