Latrobe's second Bark for Life scheduled for May
Dogs know when their owners are in distress, so, in its second year, a Latrobe event is allowing the furry friends to help lend a paw in fighting cancer.
A Bark for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society as a part of Relay for Life is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the B & D Creekside Activity Center.
“They're so sensitive to your moods and your feelings,” event co-chairwoman Tina Blake said of the pets.
Registration is $25 for the owner and a dog, then $15 for any additional dogs. Participants can sign up by visiting the website acsevents.org and searching for Latrobe or calling the activity center at 724-539-9610.
Blake has been working hard with co-chairwoman Danielle Repko to build upon the success of last year's inaugural event, she said.
The event raised more than $5,000 with 68 dogs registered. Blake said this year the volunteers are hoping to raise even more, with a goal of 150 to 200 dogs.
“It turned out to be just a wonderful day for our first year,” she said. “We'd love to double it.”
Activities during the three-hour event will include agility demonstrations, a DJ and appearances by the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department bloodhound team and Rocky of the Latrobe Police Department K-9 Unit.
A health and wellness area with Dr. Hank Croft of the Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic in Cook Township will educate dog owners about how to notice illness or cancer in a pet.
Contests will include best costume and owner/dog look-alike. Winners will be featured in a 2014 calendar.
Blake said she has been involved with Relay for Life for about 10 years, first dedicating her time because five family members have had cancer. “It's very common in my family, and I got involved with Relay because I felt so helpless,” she said, adding that she is inspired by the American Cancer Society's mission attached to the relay events: Celebrate, remember, fight back.
But in this case, for this year's theme, it's a bark back.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.