4th Annual Bark for Life makes friends for life

Times Observer Photo by Katie Miktuk The 4th Annual Bark for Life was held Sunday, September 22 at Beaty Field, Warren. From left Radar and Nugget become friends at the Bark for Life event.

Cancer was no match to four paws and a wet nose Sunday, September 22.

The 4th Annual Bark for Life, a canine event to fight cancer, was held at Beaty Field, Warren, Sunday, September 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is organized by the American Cancer Society as a way to thank and honor the life-long contributions of our canine caregivers.

“These dogs demonstrate unconditional love, joy, compassion and no judgments of cancer survivors’ abilities or appearances,” as posted on the American Cancer Society’s website.

The event featured doggie games, contests, food for both pups and their humans, educational information on canines, an agility course and even a demonstration from two of Warren County’s K9 officers.

Times Observer Photo by Katie Miktuk The 4th Annual Bark for Life was held Sunday, September 22 at Beaty Field, Warren. Chocolate can be seen here catching some shade to beat the 85 degree heat.

The communal water bowls and shady areas were in popular demand as temperatures were in the 80s and the sun was shining.

Friends were made, and forgotten, and pups gathered ’round for the treats to be handed out.

If you registered your furry friend, your pup received a goody bag filled with treats, toys and beneficial pet owner information. They also got a sporting bandana to don for the afternoon.

Karen Heltzel, Moments in Time Photography, had a sophisticated portrait set up to capture both the most camera shy and camera ready dogs.

Targeted Pet Treats and Haven Sent provided food such as hot dogs, pulled pork sliders and chips. Targeted Pet Treats also served peanut butter bacon dog treats and fresh, cold “doggo water,” humans had to get their “own toilet bowl water.”

Gaughn’s Drug Store was present with pet CBD products and answered any and all questions about CBD and your pet.

The Critter Clipper, owner Renee Tower, was handing out treats all the pups loved and answering questions/giving advice on how to properly groom your dog. Tower even provided an educational packet inside each of the goody bags about grooming, unsafe food for your dog and how to perform the heimlich maneuver on a canine.

There was a raffle for a variety of goods from doggy baskets to restaurant coupons.

Leaders of the Pack Sponsors for Bark for Life include Targeted Pet Treats, The Critter Clipper, Kinzua Veterinary Clinic, Warren County Visitors Bureau, Jones Pest Control, Warren Veterinary Hospital and Northwest Bank.

Puppy Sponsors include CTI Physical Therapy and Pampered Pets Grooming and Boarding Kennel.

The event was held in honor of Warren County K9 Unit.