2nd annual Happy Hounds Dog Walk successful for all

The 2nd annual Happy Hounds Dog Walk held Saturday, October 27th at the Community Cabin in Rockford, was a fun filled day for dogs and their owners. After raising money for the Rockford Dog Park last year, this year’s walk successfully raised funds for both Girls on the Run and the Kent County Search and Rescue K9 unit.

Volunteers from both recipient organizations pitched in to help with tasks from manning the popcorn machine, directing traffic and walkers, and judging the popular dog costume contest.

Back by popular demand were the pet costume contest and raffle. Rockford residents continue to tap into their creativity with unique costume designs for their dogs and Rockford businesses continue to impress organizers with their ongoing generosity by donating over $1,000 worth of items to the raffle.

Many of the vendors from last year returned this year to show their support including Rockford Animal Hospital and Chow Hound, both key sponsors in raising funds for the Rockford Dog Park by their participation in the dog walk. Everyone was happy to have Flo’s Sports Bar return as a sponsor this year providing delicious, hot pasta after the walk. In addition to their sponsorship, Flo’s also donated free food to walkers who purchased extra raffle tickets.

With great weather, returning sponsors, new vendors, and an outpouring of participation from local non-profit organizations, everything came together for a wonderful and fun day for everyone. Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope to see you again next year.

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