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Bark in the Park 2018
Come Saturday, October 13, rain or shine, to support Talbot Humane at its 9th annual Bark in the Bark event at Idlewild Park in Easton. People and their beloved pets – and those who just want to bask in the good time – will transform Easton’s Idlewild Park into a fairground of family fun.
With all the sniffing, playing, prancing, shopping, snacking, spontaneous conversations, and special events going on, it will be hard to tell who is having the better time, doggies or those who proudly delight in them every day. Bark in the Park is a wide world of dogs, from fit-in-your-palm Pomeranians to statuesque Great Danes, mixed-breed cuties to loads of labs.
Over the past eight years, the event has brought in more than $320,000. This year’s goal is $35,000. Talbot Humane gratefully acknowledges the generous support from community businesses as well as individuals and don’t forget the small army of volunteers.
Bark in the Park officially runs from 9 a.m. until noon, with on-site registration starting at 7:15 a.m. Fact is, though, there’s a special pre-event at 8 a.m. that always draws avid participants who want to start the day in an active way: the Family Fun 5K timed walk/run with raffle gift card prizes for winners – fastest female and male. Plus, everyone who takes to the trail (starting and ending at the park) gets a gift bag. Those who visit talbothumane.org before October 13 can register in advance for $25. This registration protocol holds for the contribution-linked Homecoming Dogwalk ($25), Fun Dog Show ($10), and Costume Competition ($10).
At Bark in the Park, pets are safest on non-retractable leashes and must be at least eight weeks of age to participate. After the 9 a.m. Blessing of the Animals by a local member of the clergy, is the Homecoming Dogwalk through historic Easton, where dogs and their owners get to strut their stuff.
Just prior to the Dog Show is the volunteer-led Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs from Talbot Humane as well as other regional animal shelters and rescues. It’s a great chance for attendees to consider making homeless dogs a part of their families. More than 1,150 animals come through Talbot Humane’s doors every year, which and includes dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and others.
The Dog Show boasts 10 categories, with several new this year, including Most Dog Kisses in 30 Seconds. Some of the day’s grandest grins are prompted by dressed-up dogs. Talbot Humane Executive Director Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, a huge fan of this festival facet, looks forward to people coming out and giving it their all at the Costume Competition. This year, instead of rolling the costume segment into the Dog Show, there is a special stand-alone event for this great crowd-pleaser. It’s Early Halloween for the four-leggeds. (Swimsuits allowed for doggie competitors.)
Among the day’s other pleasures and festivities is a Doggie Spa sponsored by Kevertin Pet Resort. On tap, for a contribution to the shelter, are brushing (of coats and teeth) and nail trimming.
Kids will get to choose among cool activities sprinkled throughout the park, and a fun variety of vendors will set up shop, offering dog toys and accessories, jewelry (for people), coffee, food, and more. Returning this year is Fastest Recall, where pets will be timed as they make retrieves.
Talbot Humane honors local veterinarians for their ongoing involvement with the shelter. They generously give countless hours and services to the animals in the shelter’s care. Talbot Humane accepts all animals, even those with pressing health needs. Several vets will be at Bark in the Park to share expertise in mini-workshops on parasite prevention, nutrition, and other timely topics.
Pet owners can also take advantage of on-the-spot micro-chipping. It’s reassuring to know that the owner of any lost micro-chipped dog that shows up at a shelter can be contacted and reunited, as long as contact information is up to date. Underscoring the community aspect of Bark in the Park, local shelters, rescues, and other organizations will showcase their efforts and fill folks in on their missions and volunteer opportunities.
Festival fun and fellowship add up to a memorable day, no question, but it is Talbot Humane’s mission in support of the animals that takes the Bark in the Park spotlight. Currently, close to 200 animals are in Talbot Humane’s care, waiting for a home. For all the latest information, visit talbothumane.org, select the News/Event tab, then click on Bark in the Park.