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Bark in the Park raises $4,300 for Humane Society

October 17, 2009

The second annual Bark in the Park on Sept. 19 at Doub's Woods Park raised more than $4,300 for the Humane Society of Washington County.

The event began with a blessing of the animals by Pastor Jerry Lowans of St. Matthews and Washington Square United Methodist churches in Hagerstown and continued with a Paws on the Path walk around the park and games and demonstrations.

The master of ceremony was Pieter Bickford from NBC 25. The judges for the games and contests were Nikki Burdine and Angelique Gonzales of NBC 25; Cindy Jackson, executive director of Leadership Washington County; Nicole Houser, shelter board of directors; and Karol Kennedy shelter board of directors and owner/personal trainer, B-PWSITV: Training for Pups and Their People.

Demonstrations were given by the K9 units from the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Other demonstrations were provided by Premier Martial Arts, Healing Hearts Reiki and the Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown, which gave a pet first aid instruction.

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Custom designed T-shirts, donated by Screentique, were given to the first 40 registered participants and custom designed goodie bags, donated by Longmeadow Animal Hospital, were given away.

Sponsors for the event were Central Dawgma and The Dawg Wash, Dog Gone Walkin' of Hagerstown, The Law Office of Arthur Schneider, PC, Hagerstown Trust Co., Longmeadow Animal Hospital, Screentique, WHAG TV NBC 25, Cozy Critters Pet Sitting, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services, LLC, Angus and Eleanor Lakin, B-PWSITV: Training for Pups and Their People, For Paws Only Pet Taxi, Off the Leash Pet Paintings and Bill Shoemaker, Kim McMillion Photography, MS Johnston Co. and Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill, Groomingdales of Greencastle, Simply pAwesome, K&R Engraving, What a Tan and BJ's Custom Creations.

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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