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Bangor's 'Bark for Life' a success

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BANGOR - Most people who go to the Hollywood Casino Raceway expect to see horses on the track, but this weekend it was all about the dogs. The first Greater Bangor Bark for Life was held there, and over 100 dogs, their owners, friends and many families turned out to support the event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society.

"This is great. I was a caregiver to my mom who passed with cancer, so I see how animals can be compassionate caregivers as well to someone struggling with cancer," said Connie Farquharson.

Participants got the opportunity to socialize their dogs, interact with other dog owners and cancer survivors while shopping at various vendors booths or watching an agility demonstration put on by the Renaissance Dogs Agility team.

"It's great. This is a good turnout. Our 10-year-old daughter somehow knew about this and told us about it," said Nate Freeman, whose family brought their dog Yoshi to the event.

Many took the opportunity to enter a few of the day's contests which included smallest dog, biggest dog, longest dog tail and the dog and owner lookalike contest.

"The best part is the doggie pools, the agility area, and the kids love the bounce house," said Ashley Roux, a member of the Veazie Vet Clinic team.

The Greater Bangor Bark for Life committee set out to raise $10,000 through the event and they successfully exceeded that goal thanks to lots of donations and a whole lot of fundraising by the participating teams.

"We shattered our $10,000 goal. We don't have final numbers for you because there was just so much money we couldn't count it fast enough," Bark for Life committee member Lisa Eldridge explained to the crowd.

And with that, the teams stepped on the track together to end the evening with a one lap walk honoring those who have passed from cancer and those who are still courageously batting the disease.

For more information on the event, including updates and photos, head to the Bark for Life Facebook page.


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