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Annual Bark in the Park to benefit animal shelter

September 03, 2009

The Humane Society of Washington County's second annual Bark in the Park will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at Doub's Woods Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at which time Pastor Jerry Lowans from St. Matthew's and Washington Square United Methodist churches will give a blessing of the animals.

The Paws on the Path walk around Doub's Woods Park, off Maryland Avenue, will begin immediately following.

The master of ceremonies for this year's event will be Pieter Bickford from NBC 25.

The day will be filled with vendors, demonstrations and rescue groups. Demonstrations will be given by the K9 units from the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Premier Martial Arts, Healing Hearts Reiki and the Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown, which will offer pet first aid instruction.

Games to be played include bobbing for hot dogs (canines only), musical sit, owner-dog look alike, best tail wagging, best vocalist, best dressed and my dog's got talent.

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Custom designed T-shirts donated by Screentique will be given to the first 40 registered participants and custom designed goodie bags donated by Longmeadow Animal Hospital will be handed out to participants. Supplies are limited for both items.

Sponsors for the event are Dog Gone Walkin' of Hagerstown, The Law Office of Arthur Schneider, PC, Hagerstown Trust Co., Longmeadow Animal Hospital, Screentique, NBC 25.

Cozy Critters Pet Sitting, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services, LLC, Angus and Eleanor Lakin, BPWSITV Good Manners Training for Pups and People, For Paws Only Pet Taxi, Off the Leash Pet Paintings and Bill Shoemaker.

Sponsors for walking adoptable dogs in the walk are Kim McMillion Photography, The Law Office of Arthur Schneider, PC, MS Johnston Co. and Cozy Critters Pet Sitting.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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