The Duncan Banner

September 18, 2013

Calling all dog lovers

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — There are two new contests added to this year’s Bark in the Park lineup, along with many old favorites.

Have you ever been told your dog is so ugly, he’s cute? Don’t take offense but enter him in the Ugliest Dog Contest at the event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Fuqua Park. Bark in the Park is presented by the Stephens County Humane Society and the Friends of the Humane Society.

Another new contest is the Weenie Dog Races.

“We wanted to add new activities for more interest,” said Patti Whitaker, event organizer. “We’re looking for a record crowd and record fundraiser.”

All funds raised from contest entries go to provide for the animals housed in the SCHS shelter. There is a small fee for each contest entered, however, entrance to Bark in the Park is free. Whitaker said donations are always welcome.

Other contests available to enter are Best Pet Costume, Best Owner Look-a-Like, Best Trick, and Best Bark. In between contests will be heats of Weiner Bobbing competitions.

Though cats are not allowed at the event, feline lovers will find more options at Kitty Korner this year. In addition to the annual Cutest Cat Photo Contest, you will find a raffle for a basket filled with goodies such as a cat tree.

“There will also be a lady coming from Dallas (Texas), who will be demonstrating how to clicker-train your cat,” said Whitaker.

Go ahead and start collecting pledges for the Strut Your Mutt contest to win the prize for most pledges. For those who collect at least $10, you will receive a free T-shirt. A Mutt Parade will take place at 1 p.m.

Whitaker said it has been a wonderful fundraising year for the Humane Society and Bark in the Park is no exception. There is an anonymous underwriting sponsor this year and several T-shirt and Top Dog sponsors.

Master of ceremonies this year is Michael Harris. There will be several shelter pups among the crowd waiting to win hearts and be adopted.

“We’re all so excited, as always (about Bark in the Park),” said Whitaker.

The next large fundraiser for the SCHS will be Mutts, Meows and Margaritaville on Jan. 25, 2014.

For more information, call Patti Whitaker at 580-641-0667.