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Bark in the Park seeks mascot - Apr. 23, 2014


Gail Flaherty/Courier
Ganong Nature Park is a natural place to walk a pooch - and now the park is seeking a canine mascot to headline its forthcoming “Bark in the Park” fundraiser.

Kathy Bockus
St. Stephen
Those who use Ganong Nature Park are being offered a chance to help raise money for trail maintenance during Bark in the Park, a fun event that takes place May 31.
One lucky pet owner and his or her dog even have a chance to become the event’s mascot.
Event organizer Patty Anderson is accepting entries from the public now for the role of mascot. Written submissions must state why that individual and his or her pet should be chosen and can include a photo.
“They can be funny or heartwarming,” said Anderson. The competition is open to all ages and the deadline is May 16. Entries can be dropped off at the offices of The Saint Croix Courier at 47 Milltown Blvd. in St. Stephen; faxed to 466-5174 or e-mailed to lori.fawkes@nbed.nb.ca.
Anderson said Bark in the Park, which will cover a two-kilometre course, was an idea that grew from a need to raise funds to maintain the only woods trail at the park.
“We thought this specific user group might appreciate the opportunity to help the park,” explained Anderson.
GNP operations manager Barb Tucker said the park’s only woods trail leads to a look-out with a breathtaking view of Passamaquoddy Bay.
The harsh winter and the ice storm have resulted in several fallen trees along that trail which must be removed. The expected melt and accompanying spring rains have created wet areas on the trail that are in need of bridging to enable walkers to use the pathway.
“The terrain on the trail in the woods can be challenging for some. Therefore Ganong Nature Park would like to focus on making the terrain easier for walkers and making it more accessible for more people to enjoy,” said Tucker.
Estimated cost of the work is $15,000.
“Participating or sponsoring someone who is partaking in “Bark for the Park” is a great way to show your support,” said Tucker.
Registration forms and pledge sheets are available on line at the GNP Facebook site or at the Charlotte County SPCA website at cc-spca.petfinder.ca. The registration fee is $10 and those without pets are also invited to participate.
The pledge sheets are also available in St. Stephen at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic, Money Saver or Guardian Drugs; in Saint Andrews at Crocker Hill, Cummings Convenience and Cockburn’s Drugs; in St. George at Crafty Creations and Gillmor’s Coach House Boutique and in Calais at the Calais Veterinary Clinic on North Street.
Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. May 31.
Anderson said there is no admission fee. Participants can enjoy musical entertainment, face painting, a photo booth ($10 fee) with costumes provided and browse a number of vendor booths.
She said she is still accepting vendors and would love to find someone who builds dog houses. Anderson can be reached at 467-1803
Competitions will be held for the best catcher (dog – not human), best trick, best canine singing voice and there will also be an owner/dog look-a-like contest.
Anderson said the CCSPCA and members of CA-R-MA have been invited to attend.
“We want the day to be a good teacher of responsible pet ownership.”
Anderson said she has a great team helping her organize the event – Barb Tucker, Mary Lou DeLong, Lori Fawkes, Karen Douglas, Aimee Townes, Katie Killen, Sarah Conley and Catherine Thomas.
The committee is also working on another fundraising event which will tie in with the Bark in the Park.
“We’re trying to find people to put in the ‘doghouse’,” said Anderson with a laugh, comparing the event to a “Jail and Bail” where individuals are arrested and must pay a fee to escape custody.
The date for the “doghouse” event is set for May 30 between 12 noon and 5 p.m. but the location has yet to be confirmed, said Anderson.

kathy@stcroixcourier.ca