Bark for Life walk takes an $8,000 bite out of cancer

It was a day for the dogs.

 Six-month-old Niko takes in all the action along with his owner Tony Osowski of Big Lake, Natty, who is two and half, and Britni Peterson of Big Lake (not shown). Photo by Tammy Sakry
Six-month-old Niko takes in all the action along with his owner Tony Osowski of Big Lake, Natty, who is two and half, and Britni Peterson of Big Lake (not shown). Photo by Tammy Sakry

The second annual Bark for Life filled The Draw park in Ramsey with 105 registered dogs and raised roughly $8,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to co-chairperson Kim Gust.

After a walk around the park, the dogs and humans had plenty of activities to explore, from a hot dog dunk, Anoka County Sheriff’s K-9 demonstrations and agility challenges.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]

 

 

Coon Rapids resident Dawn Swanson from the Spirit of St. Louis dances with the Target mascot before the April 27 opening Bark for Life opening ceremonies. Every special occasion calls for a special hairdo like the one Kylie Veldhuizen, Big Lake, is getting from Alex Pendergast, Blaine. Frankie and his buddy Pager take a drink from the hot dog pool as their owners Laura Retzinger, Maple Grove, and Stacie Kapler, Ramsey, look on. As the Bark for Life crowd watches, Anoka County Sheriff’s K-9 Mesa uses her nose to search out a shell casing with handler Deputy Brian Collier. Cancer survivors and their dogs walked around The Draw April 27 for the second annual Bark for Life. The event raised $8,000 for the American Cancer Society. After finding the box that smells like drugs, Anoka County Sheriff’s K-9 Sherman sits to let partner Deputy Matt Aker know he has found something. Bulls Eye, the Target mascot, joined SheyAnne Gust, Jada Isais, Kylie Veldhuizen, Taylin Messick and Maisie Messick (not shown) dancing to “YMCA.”
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Cancer survivors and their dogs walked around The Draw April 27 for the second annual Bark for Life. The event raised $8,000 for the American Cancer Society.