Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 28, 2013

Yip for joy, it’s time for Bark for Life

Dogs raise money for human cancer research and help

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Second Annual Bark for Life will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bunert Park in Corsicana.

Unlike it’s human cousin, Relay for Life, Bark for Life is a doggy version of the cancer fundraiser. Bark for Life will feature a chili cook-off, walking track, silent auction, and booths selling snacks for people and pets.

A classic and custom car show is also going to take place that day at Bunert Park, but the car show is off-limits to dogs who don’t understand that not all car tires are the same.

“It’s reaching out to a different group of people,” explained organizer Kay Ovalle. “A lot of people come out to Relay for Life because they know somebody’s who’s passed away. They’re out there walking for somebody they know. This time, you’re getting together a group for animal lovers. They get to do things with their dogs and the money goes to the American Cancer Society.”

It’s a way to let the hairiest members of the family raise money to help their human companions.

Last year’s inaugural event raised $5,000 for the cause, Ovalle said. “This year, if we raise $5,001, I’ll be tickled,” she said.

A silent auction has lured in a number of generous donations, including a custom-made pair of dog beds from Corsicana Bedding; two guided fishing trips; four Dallas Mavericks tickets, with parking pass; dinners at Applebee’s and Cotton Patch; an armoire from Texas Furniture; a movie tickets to Cinergy Cinemas, a heater from Tractor Supply, and a football signed by the state-finalists Mildred High School football team; gift certificates from Solar Nails and the bowling alley, and more.

Among the booths will be low-cost vaccinations from 9 a.m. to noon.

People are admitted to the party for free, but the four-legged participants have to register, Ovalle said.

“It’s $10, and they get a bandanna. That’s how we know the dogs are registered,” Ovalle said. “Also, we’re doing a contest for the smallest and biggest dogs, the look-a-likes, farthest traveled and best dressed.”

Lynn Gatlin’s dog Spirit will be the honorary Canine Caregiver for this year’s Bark for Life. Spirit, who had cancer, died recently. “She’s going to be our grand marshal in spirit,” Ovalle said.

For more information, or to get involved in the Bark for Life, call Ovalle at (903) 851-2190.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Ovalle said. “I love Relay for Life, but I have dogs so I have a passion for animals. By doing this, I get to do something I enjoy, too.”



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