Bryan County is going to the dogs — literally.
Dozens of dogs of every breed and their owners showed up Saturday at the Bryan County Bark Park for its inaugural event, “Paws in the Park.” The park, located in the DeVaul Henderson Recreation Park off Highway 144, officially opened last Wednesday and didn’t wait long to host its first event.
Dog owners were able to do everything from adopting more pets to having their pets’ portraits drawn to entering their dogs in a costume event. Some just let their dogs roam free and have fun.
That, according to event co-organizer Jane Honnor, was the point.
“We have 17 vendors out here. We have had such a good turnout. The people are happy and the dogs seem happy. I couldn’t ask for more than that,” she said.
Honnor also said the park will see improvements in the future and is a work in progress.
“This is phase one of the park. We’d like to add a pavilion and picnic area in the future,” she said.
The dogs seemed satisfied with the park just the way it was. They roamed the open areas, separated into areas for larger and smaller dogs, while some took advantage of the ponds to cool off. The facility has several areas where pets can drink water and a place where owners can hose off their dogs to clean them before leaving the park.