Bark in the Park event raises more than $4,500

October 13, 2012

The Humane Society of Washington County's annual Bark in the Park on Sept. 29 at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum raised more than $4,500 for the animal shelter.

More than 100 dogs and their handlers attended the event and by the end of the day, the dogs had been blessed, people had shopped at the vendor booths, watched K9 unit demonstrations and winners had been determined for all of the games.

Festivities began with a blessing of the animals by Pastor Jerry Lowans from St. Matthew’s and Washington Square United Methodist churches. 

A Paws on the Path Walk around the park grounds was followed by a demonstration by K9 units from the Hagerstown Police Department. 

A fly ball demonstration by Corporal Punishment was also among the day's festivities. 

Judging the canine games were Whitney Colombo, Nicole Houser and Jennifer Swatsworth. 

Custom designed trophies for human and canine winners of the games were donated by K&R Engraving. Custom designed tote bags were donated by Longmeadow Animal Hospital and were given to all registered participants. 

The title sponsors were Max Gamerman and Central Dawgma and the Dawg Wash  at 1337 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

Other sponsors included Longmeadow Animal Hospital, Ellsworth Electric, Hagerstown Honda and Kia, The Bye Center for Implants and Periodontics, Brenna Bacon Ranieli, DC, CK, TP, MS Johnston Co. Inc., All Shred Inc., B-PWSITV: Training for Dogs and their People, The Law Office of Arthur Schneider, PC, K&R Engraving, AC&T, Eleanor Remington and Angus Lakin, Peaceable Paws and Peaceable Pastures, LLC.

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

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