'Bark for Life' event planned on April 13

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 22, 2013 

Advocates for the American Cancer Society want you to get Fido, Spot and Fluffy involved in the fundraising for cancer-related programs and research.

The American Cancer Society's Bark for Life is planned April 13 at Pacheco Boulevard's Pacheco Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Unlike June's Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraising event for people only, dogs will be allowed and encouraged to be involved in Bark.

"It's like a mini-relay with our animals," said Peggy Oliver, chairwoman for Bark in Los Banos.

The local Relay contingent started the parade of dogs in 2011, but took the year off in 2012.

"We're hoping to get at least 50 dogs out there," she said.

Fifty dogs would more than double the turnout from the inaugural year. Oliver said she thinks the goal is attainable with the help of Petco Animal Supplies, new to the event.

A number of vendors will sell food as well as offer pet toys and other items, dog games and contests. A Merced County Sheriff's Department K-9 demonstration is also planned.

"It's a total blast," Oliver said.

The 2011 Bark made about $300 for Relay for Life. Money made at Bark goes into Relay's pot for the year.

Registration is $15 per dog, with an additional $5 fee for subsequent dogs. To register for the event, call Oliver at (209) 489-0674 or Chandra Lee at (530) 228-4607.

This year's Relay for Life is scheduled to begin its 24-hour run at 9 a.m. June 1 at Pacheco High School, 200 N. Ward Road.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos

enterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.

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