On Saturday, dogs of all descriptions will converge at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the first annual Bark for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding areas. The walk is an Eagle Scout project for Tyler Resch of Clamtown Troop 755. Resch, walk chairperson, said, "This walk provides a great opportunity to have fun, meet new friends and join with your K-9 family members to support ACS's Relay for Life".
Resch pointed out that the walk is noncompetitive and gives dogs and their owners a chance to become involved in raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding areas, which is set for June 22.
The fun filled day starts with an opening ceremony, followed by a walk, honoring both human and canine cancer survivors. It then continues with demonstrations, contests and numerous activities, such as a demonstration from a sled dog team, obedience training and search and rescue. There will also be contests for the largest and smallest dog, best costume and best kisser. A bone drop will also take place with a chance to see who's bone gets dropped closest to the target. Resch pointed out that food, relay items, T-shirts and dog items will also be available for purchase. Rufus, a therapy dog for the New Jersey area and Best in Show for 2006 Westminster, will also be present during the walk.
Bark for Life shares the theme of Relay for Life: "Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back." Many of the research advances for human cancer funded by the American Cancer Society are used to treat dogs with cancer as well.
All the proceeds for this event will go to the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding areas. Resch and family members encourage everyone, not just pet owners, to come out and support this cause.