Best “bark in the park” goes to Bark for Life

Porter Lougheed (he’s the dog) showing off his high five in the  “Hidden Talent” contest.
Porter Lougheed (he’s the dog) showing off his high five in the  “Hidden Talent” contest.

The second annual Bark for Life was held on the morning of April 27 and it could not have been a more beautiful day.  The sun was shining, the dogs were happy to be out of the house and so were their human companions!  Bark for Life is a non-competitive dog walk that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.  It also gives us an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those who have lost their battle with the disease, and bite back against cancer.

Tom Rademacher was on hand for the opening ceremonies and spoke of his love for the community of Rockford, his love of dogs, and the amazing comfort dogs can provide when you are not feeling well.  He then kicked off the walk by asking the crowd to “embark” on the journey down the White Pine Trail to the Rockford Dog Park with cancer survivors and their canine caregivers leading the pack.

Once at the park, there were many activities for the dogs and their humans to enjoy.  The Corner Bar was there with their Hot Dog Wagon selling dogs to people and pups alike with all donations going to Bark for Life.  There was hair painting and kids crafts, informational tables, dog training demonstrations, contests (Best Kiss, Best Bark in the Park, and Best Hidden Talent), and prizes.

The Bark for Life committee would like to thank the Corner Bar, Chow Hound, Rockford Family Vet, Faithful Friends Doggy Day Care and Training, Tom Rademacher, Paws Awhile Canine Massage, and Samuel’s Family Hair Care for their participation.

For more information about Bark for Life you can find them on FaceBook at “Bark for Life Rockford MI” or email

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