A dog’s day at Heritage park
A Saturday morning line of thunderstorms and rain showers didn’t stop the first Bark for Life fundraiser at Lanesville Heritage Park.
‘We’re ‘relayers’; we go out day or night, rain or shine,’ Patty Gregory, Bark for Life committee member, said.
The event, which honors the care-giving qualities of canines, was part of the 2010 Relay For Life of Harrison County. Monies raised from the event were contributed to and will be included in the annual Relay For Life of Harrison County event totals.
The event featured a walk, king and queen contest, best trick contest, American Red Cross CPR demonstration and a number of booths set up, with activities dedicated to dogs.
One such booth was Letha Cupp’s pet massages, which a number of dogs seemed to enjoy.
The New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter and Control attended the event with four or five dogs that were ready for adoption.
Gregory attended a Relay For Life conference in Dallas and brought the Bark for Life idea back to Harrison County.
‘We’re here to celebrate and spend time with our canine friends who are always there for us, through good times and bad,’ she said.
Gregory honored Maxx, a blonde Labrador, who died Dec. 31 from mouth cancer. Maxx’s owners, Jeff and Rose Foreman of Louisville, and their family, made the trip to Lanesville for the event.
‘Patty offered to make him the poster-child of this walk,’ Jeff Foreman said. ‘The doctor said he could have lived another two or three years if he didn’t have cancer. He lived a good, long (16 years) life anyway.’
Maxx was the 2010 memorial dog for the event, and a photo of Maxx was used on the event brochure.
Maxx’s owners and his nephew, Oreo, led the first Bark for Life walk in Harrison County. Oreo’s owner is the Foremans’ daughter, Stephanie. The Foremans have not yet gotten another canine.
Harrison County’s Relay For Life will be Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. at Corydon Central High School.