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Dogs have their day on C&O Canal

October 09, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT ? When Canines on the Canal gets under way Saturday, Lynda Bailey will be front and center with her therapy dogs ? Chelsea, Zoey and Tyler.

"I've always been a pet person," Bailey said as she familiarized her dogs recently with the C&O Canal at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport.

For the 11th year in a row, the Humane Society of Washington County is hosting the event.

Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. There will be demonstrations at 11:30 and games and contests at noon.

This year's contests and games will be judged by Ian Hall of NBC25, Tim Rowland of The Herald-Mail and Christy Barton of What A Tan!

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Jeff Cline, Williamsport town councilman, and Roger Fairbourn Real Estate agent, is the emcee. Trophies for the games are being donated by K&R Engraving.

Beginning at 10 a.m., canine participants, accompanied by their human companions, will enjoy a leisurely stroll along the C&O Canal. Upon returning to the registration area, they can participate in games and contests.

Demonstrations of agility and obedience will be presented by the Mason & Dixon Kennel Club. There will be a fly ball demonstration by the Corporal Punishment Fly Ball Team.

Participants will be able to speak with various rescue groups and even try to complete their Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International Inc. testing under the oversight of Rosemary Miller, TDI test evaluator, and Lynda Bailey, TDI associate representative.

There will be a fee for the testing, so participants in those events will need to contact Miller at CelticCrossSS@comcst.net for details. For more information on Therapy Dog International, call Bailey at 301-393-5348.

This year's sponsors include Therapy Dogs International Inc., Lynda Bailey, associate member; Control Systems Inc.; Judge Kennedy Boone; What A Tan!; Longmeadow Animal Hospital; Pet-Agrees Professional Pet Sitters; Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown; Peaceable Paws LLC; Peaceable Pastures LLC; The Law Office of Arthur Schneider; Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell; Howard's Art Supplies and Framing, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services; M.S. Johnston Co. Inc.; Patrick Amatucci; and Paws Only Pet Taxi.

In 1997, Bailey said she saw a Humane Society of Washington County calendar where Tyler's picture was shown and his sad story was told.

"He was left in a crate when his owners moved out and left him," she said. Police first got him out, but then he ran away and was caught again later.

Now 12 years old, Tyler is an integral part of Bailey's therapy dog efforts. Wanting to do something with animals, Bailey became acquainted with therapy dogs when they visited her husband's grandmother, who was incapacitated with a broken hip in Richmond a year ago.

Bailey learned of Therapy Dogs International via the Internet and began training to become an evaluator ? both of dogs and people.

She said she is taking therapy dogs to Somerford House and Place, Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home and Washington County Hospital.

Bailey works closely with the local Humane Society and the Mason Dixon Kennel Club.

"Right now, I'm looking for others to form a local TDI chapter," Bailey said.

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