February 11, 2016

Furry friends joining the fight against cancer

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Bark For Life participants walk their dogs at the Depot during last year's event.

Au GRES — The Arenac County 24-hour Relay For Life has been wrapped up for several weeks, but the fight against cancer continues this weekend with the second annual Bark For Life Sunday, Aug. 24.

Relay For Life Chairwoman Lisa Cowles said Bark For Life shares many similarities with a regular Relay.

“Basically it’ll be the same as Relay For Life, but involving your dog,” she said. “We’ll still have an opening ceremony and a closing ceremony, and then, like last year, we’ll have an obedience class and you just march with your dog.”

Bark For Life will have a new location, as it moves to the Au Gres City Park this year. Last year the event was held at the Standish Historical Depot. Cowles said the Relay committee wanted to spread its events out more around the county.

“We wanted to get more of the whole community involved, so we thought we would move it to Au Gres,” she said.

Unlike Relay For Life, Bark For Life will run for two hours, from 2-4 p.m. Like its human counterpart, though, there will be several competitions and a fairytale theme. Judges will award a dog with the best fairytale costume. There will also be contests for the oldest dog and the dog that traveled the farthest to participate in Bark For Life.

An ice cream social, similar to the one held at the depot in June, is also scheduled to be held during Bark For Life.

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