by Lorraine Payette, written August 17, 2014
(Gananoque, ON) The first ever Bark Bash, held at the Town Park in Gananoque on August 16, was a dream come true for dogs as they indulged in a party designed just for them.
Liam Bell, 5, was having a wonderful time. His favourite animals were the puppies.
“Fairmount Home has cookies and sweet potato treats and hand tied toys that they’ve made for the dogs,” said Diane Delaney. “They are selling them to support Sheba’s Haven (a palliative care facility for dogs). Sheba’s Haven brings their dogs over to do pet therapy for the residents. It’s a wonderful partnership.”
Sheba’s Haven is currently housing 13 dogs on need of care, and has another four in foster care. Bark Bash not only helps them, but draws attention to other rescues and services for dogs in the area.
Some of the Party Guests
“I’m here because I love dogs and don’t have one myself,” said Ashley Corcoran, artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “There are four little puppies that the SPCA has up for adoption and they are all perfect. An event like this is great – I’m a huge dog lover, so it’s like a moth to a flame.”
Represented on-site were Christine Noble Seller – Holistic Animal Practitioner; Fairmount Home; Orna-Metal; I Am Alive Dog Rescue; Our Labradors; Feathers, Fins & Fur; Vintage Touch Mosaics and several Humane Societies, including Gananoque and Kingston, as well as sponsors PetValu and MyFM. Water bowls were conveniently placed throughout the area, and lots of free treats were available as well as the many items available for sale.
Best of all, there were beautiful, well behaved dogs as far as the eye could see, all making sure their humans stayed in line so nothing could mar this perfect day.
“The event is going really well for a first time,” said Bill McCormick, organizer of the Bark Bash. “We have a full crowd, everybody who was supposed to be here is here – vendors and rescues – which is great. I’ve heard comments throughout as we’ve been walking by about the number of people doing walk-throughs and bringing their dogs in. I’m very excited and looking forward to next year already.”
For more about Bark Bash or to contact them about future events, please got to http://barkbash.weebly.com/ .