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Howl-o-ween raises money for bark park
Large dog winners - number 2
Large dog winners of the Howl-o-ween costume contest were, first prize to Red Riding Wolf, second prize to Bush Beans and third prize to Beach Bum. - photo by Photo provided.

Twenty-two dogs of all shapes and sizes were entered into the costume competition for the Bryan County Bark Park’s third annual Howl-o-ween event at Fish Tales on Oct. 28.

The 150 people who attended voted the audience favorite prize to Gunner Kinnard, dressed as a pirate. Gunner is a service dog who helps his family manage his owner’s post-traumatic stress disorder and their son’s autism.

Other winners included:

• Judges’ Favorite: Woody the Cow Girl.

• Large Dog: First prize to Red Riding Wolf, second prize to Bush Beans and third prize to Beach Bum.

• Small Dog: First prize to Pizza Rat, second prize to the Purple Witch and third prize to Ewok from “Star Wars.”

Prizes consisted of Bark Park merchandise and gift cards for Fish Tales and the Richmond Hill City Center.

Water-loving dogs rode a paddleboard with Sup It & Sea Paddleboard Company owners Meg Ireland and Cindy Taylor, who donated a $1,000, stand-up paddleboard, paddle, fins, leash, car rack and one-hour lesson for a raffle. The prize was won by Byron Atkinson, CEO of Boost by Design.

“We always like to support the Bryan County Bark Park as it is such a valued addition to our community,” Atkinson said. “My wife and three boys will very much enjoy using this paddleboard and are delighted that our family won the raffle drawing.”

Bark Park President Wendy Bolton said, “We were thrilled to once again see so many people and their dogs joining in our Howl-o-ween evening and very thankful to our hosts at Fish Tales, Sup, everyone who attended, dressed up their dogs and bought raffle tickets. The money raised means that we are closer to paying off our construction loan, and we appreciate this community’s support very much. Stay tuned for news of more pre-holiday fundraising events.”

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