Alicia Harantschuk, of Wyndmoor, is seen with her dog, Olivia Longbottom, who won the award for most creative name at last year’s Bark For Life event.

Alicia Harantschuk, of Wyndmoor, is seen with her dog, Olivia Longbottom, who won the award for most creative name at last year’s Bark For Life event.

by Jodi Benjamin

On Saturday morning, October 11, a slice of Fort Washington State Park, 41 W. Mill Road in Flourtown (NOT the Fort Washington side of the park), will be transformed into a dog haven. From three-pound chihuahuas to mammoth bouviers, from stocky bulldogs to sleek greyhounds, and from well-coiffed bichons to nose-to-the-ground terriers, all dogs – and their owners – are invited to the fourth annual Bark for Life of the Wissahickon Valley. This event offers people and their pets the opportunity to spend quality time together in a bucolic setting, all for a good cause: to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

At this event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, you and your pooch can enjoy a one-mile stroll down a tree-lined trail. In addition, there will be a host of colorful dog contests. So whether it’s a clever name, extreme size, special talent or other unique characteristic that distinguishes your pet, join the competition! You can also try your luck at the “ruffle” basket table, where you could win a doggy dream package of toys, treats and pet services.

Those who register their dogs by Sept. 27 can take advantage of the early registration rate, which is a $15 donation to the American Cancer Society. After Sept. 27, the donation is $25 to the American Cancer Society. For multi-dog families, registration for each additional dog is $10. To register, visit the Bark For Life website at relayforlife.org/barkwissahickonvalleypa.

Questions? Contact either Marge Horner at 215-913-0995 or hornermarge6@gmail.com, or Jen Stypinski at 215-985-5339 or jen.stypinski@cancer.org. Inquiries from canine-related businesses or organizations interested in participating are also welcome.

A morning in the park with your dog is a special treat for a dog lover. At Bark For Life, this treat is even more meaningful because it makes a difference in the fight against cancer.

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