Bark for Life to feature pet talent show, costume contest

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

The American Cancer Society will hold its first Bark for Life fundraising event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Lake

Charles Civic Center.

The event will feature a pet-and-owner look-alike contest, a pet talent show and a costume contest.

Tickets, at $20 per dog, can be purchased at the time of the event or in advance, at www.relayforlife.org/southwestbarkla.

Cancer society spokeswoman Ariel Caraway said the group is unable to allow dogs at fundraisers such as Relay for Life and

wanted to put on an event just for dogs.

“Dogs are the perfect companion for

people with cancer. Dogs don’t judge you when you have a shaved head,

are feeling down

or are really sick,” Caraway said. “Dogs are constantly here for

you. We’ve had patients tell us that they’ve been fighting

cancer for a long time and that eventually their system of support

dwindled down, but that their dogs were always there for

them. We want to showcase that.”

The event will include guest speakers, one on the behalf of a dog who survived cancer as well as a human cancer survivor who

was touched by the loyalty of a canine.

“We like to incorporate fun things into

our events, so this one will have a carnival-like atmosphere with

booths set up to

sell everything from T-shirts to necklaces, as well as food

vendors selling food for people and treats for their dogs,” Caraway

said.

“Bark for Life is an offshoot of Relay for Life, so even though there’s not an organized walk, everyone is encouraged to walk

their dogs around the grounds of the Civic Center.”