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Lobster for dogs?

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Lobster eating event slated to help support Bangor's new dog park

If you ever needed an excuse to eat lobster, now you have one. On Aug. 21, Captain Nicks on Union Street in Bangor will be giving approximately $5 from every lobster ordered between 2-8 p.m. to the new Bangor Dog Park.

The new park, which will be located behind Geaghan's Restaurant on Main Street in Bangor, is planning to open next spring but funds are needed in order to make that a reality.

"We're hoping Captain Nicks will be a big fundraiser, and we can grow from there," said Dawnette Carver, acting administrator for the newly revamped Bangor Dog Park volunteer group. The group has taken over the fundraising and organizational efforts of the dog park that was started by Bangor Area Regional K-9s, or B.A.R.K.

"This is so important to me and my critters. I have a German shepherd, a golden, and a black lab," said Carver. "We had seven acres in Alton. We lived on a dead end street where the dogs could just go out and run, but two years ago my husband passed. I couldn't keep up the big house, and we had to move to a rented lot with a fenced-in backyard."

Carver hopes to give her dogs the freedom they once had by helping create the new Bangor Dog Park. The double fenced-in park will include an area for small dogs only, another area dedicated to bigger breeds and benches for owners to sit and relax.

"It's as much a social spot for canines as it is for owners, and I think that's what makes it unique and popular," said Tracy Willette, director of Bangor Parks and Recreation.

"I see dog parks of all different forms and fashions opening in all kinds of areas in the parks and recreation materials we receive. It is something we can try here and see how it works," said Willette.

Parks and Recreation has provided assistance to the Bangor Dog Park volunteers throughout the process by providing meeting space for the group and setting up an account to collect donations for the new park on the group's behalf. Willette says not a lot of contributions have come in so far, but that could change with this first fundraiser at Captain Nicks.

A live band is scheduled to play at Captain Nicks throughout the event. Vendors will also be on hand selling dog-related merchandise. Even pooches on leashes are invited to the gathering; after all, the fundraiser is for them and their soon-to-be new hangout.

Those who wish to contribute but can't make it to Captain Nicks on Aug. 21 can send their donation in the form of a check to:

City of Bangor
Attn: Tracy Willette
647 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Please place "Dog Park" on the memo line.

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