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Mt. Pleasant fundraising event barking up right tree

| Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5:44 p.m.

Although she has already pledged to give Mt. Pleasant's K9 dog, Gerro, free grooming services for life, Rachel Bundridge of the Knotty Dog Salon wanted to do even more to help the canine.

"I'm doing this for Officer (George) Grippo and Gerro," Bundridge said. "We provide free services for Gerro. Just getting to know Officer Grippo and Gerro has been such an honor and I love working with Gerro."

To that end, Bundridge has organized a "Fur Fest," which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 in Frick Park in Mt. Pleasant.

The event will feature contests, demonstrations and informational booths and vendors. There also will be drawings throughout the afternoon.

"I know that there are a lot of dog owners in the area who don't know what to do with their pets and they can't find the types of services that they need," Bundridge said. "The event will feature several vendors who will give information and help on dog related services."

And for those people who may want to enjoy a day in the park and some activities?

"We also have several vendors who will be coming who are non-dog related," Bundridge said of participants who will be selling items such as scented bears, Pampered Chef wares and jewelry. "A lot of the vendors will also be holding their own little side events to raise even more money."

The Fur Fest will kick off starting at 1p.m., with a most talented dog contest, that will be followed by a best dressed dog contest, and best owner and pet look-alike contest.

Following the contests, there will be live demonstrations performed by Grippo and Gerro, Mike Garrow of the Garrow Training center and another officer and his K9 unit.

"All three of us will be doing some type of demonstrations and then we will answer questions," Grippo said.

The event will offer food and entertainment, and Grippo will be passing out his new trading cards that feature his and Gerro's images and bios.

"I hope that we get a lot of kids to come out," Grippo said, "I think that it will be fun day and a nice event."

All proceeds raised at the event will go to Gerro and the K9 unit.

"We'll use the proceeds for maintenance and further training," Grippo said.

To kick off the event, there will be a blessing of the pets at 10:45 a.m. at the New Hope Community Church in Bridgeport. Pet food donations will be accepted at the church and delivered to Fayette Friends of Animals.

Calling all dog-lovers

Tickets for the Fur Fest are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 on site. Tickets are available at Muddy Paws, the Knotty Dog and Rocco's Pizzeria. For information, call 724-547-5668.

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