POINT PLEASANT — Tu-Endie-Wei State Park recently hosted the “Chase Memorial Bark in the Park,” which drew community members and their dogs out for a day of fun in the park and raised funds for K9s for Warriors.
The event was sponsored by Tu-Endie-Wei State Park Events Coordinator Diana Johnson, in memory of her Labrador Retriever, Chase.
Approximately 17 dogs and their families came out to the park for a morning of fun and games, Johnson said.
The event featured three contests: Best Trick, Best Costume and Best Owner/Dog Look-Alike.
The winner of the “Best Trick” contest was Bonnie, who caught Frisbees in mid-air, and the winners of the “Best Costume” contest were Sara in her purple butterfly outfit, Tanker in his West Virginia University gear and Ginger in her pink tutu. Winners of the “Owner/Dog Look-Alike” contest were Tanker, Ginger and Jake.
Each winning dog received a dog toy, and ribbons were awarded for first, second and third places in each contest.
The event also featured free bags of doggie treats and a watering station provided by Petland of Gallipolis, a gift basket drawing for the canine champions and a canine “bite” demonstration given by Lt. Stewart of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, in which his canine partner chased down the “bad guy.”
Dogs in attendance were also able to test their abilities via an obstacle course and weave through pylons, tunnels and jumps, following a demonstration.
A total of $150 was raised for the non-profit organization, K9s for Warriors, which is dedicated to providing service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11.
“These heroes return home to civilian life to start their new lives as productive members of society. Their goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that since the event was a hit plans are already being made for next year.
“Everyone in attendance agreed that the event was great fun and plans are already being made for next year’s event to be even bigger and better,” she said.