Prattville – Canines of all shapes and sizes brought their humans to Cooters Pond in Prattville on Saturday to participate in contests, chow down on dog biscuits, or to simply take a dip in a dog-sized swimming pool.
The fifth annual Bark in the Park, sponsored by the City of Prattville Leisure Services, collected funds from booth rentals, and t-shirt and raffle ticket sales to benefit the Prattville-Autauga Humane Society.
Prizes for best costume, dog/owner look alike, smallest dog and largest dog were given.
According to Jennifer Dyches, co-director of the shelter, sixteen dogs were brought to the event for adoption.
“The charge for adoption is $110 and that includes shots, spaying or neutering, pet insurance, courtesy health exam, and micro chip,” said Dyches.
Dyches came with her own English Bulldog named Lulu, but decided not to enter her in any of the competitions.
“If she was to enter a contest, she’d win for best kisser,” she said laughingly.
Prattville resident Sarah Hill’s companion is an English Mastiff named T.J. Weighing in at 242 pounds, the seven-year-old pup has won the largest dog contest two years in a row.
“We decided not to enter him this year so that someone else may have a chance to win,” said T.J.’s owner.
In addition to her large friend, Hill also has a Chihuahua named Moosha who may have to grow a bit to enter the biggest dog competition.
Pet product vendors, dog exhibitions, and concessions were also on site, while the kids enjoyed face painting. It was a fun-filled day for the entire family.
At the end of the day, three dogs were adopted during Bark in the Park on Saturday. For more information on shelter animals, please call (334) 358-2882 or visit www.autaugahumanesociety.com.
Article by Melissa Parker
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