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Yarmouth Dog Dash raises $1,240 for dog park

Twenty-seven two-legged participants and 24 canine companions dashed

YARMOUTH -  The rain didn’t fall and smiles lit up the Yarmouth Dog Dash on Water Street. The event, a fundraiser for the Yarmouth Dog Park held by Mile East Productions, brought in $1,240.

Co-organizer Candice Phibbs says they were pleased to have planned the Nov. 19 event for the Yarmouth Dog Park Association.

“The participants had fun and we had great comments,” she said.

“The slobbery faces and wagging tails also spoke for themselves, and we take that as a sign that the dogs gave this event two paws up.”

Craig Crocker, chair of the dog park association, says he thought the dash went well.

“Hats off to Mile East Productions for their efforts,” he said.

Participants paid a flat registration fee ($25 to $45) for the dash – a 2.5 or 5 kilometre route – and were encouraged to collect pledges as well.

Entrants received a headband and custom medal, plus a bandana for their dog and finisher's dog tag.

The dog park committee continues to fundraise for development of the property at 28 Jarvis St. Grading of the site has been completed and corporations, businesses and individuals are being approached to purchase 10-foot segments of fence for $300 each.

“Their donation will be recognized with an engraved plaque on that section,” said Crocker. Those who sponsor more than one length of fence will receive larger plaques.

Mile East Productions will be meeting with the association at its December meeting to discuss holding the Dog Dash event annually.

“While we set out to make this a one-time fundraiser, we feel that the opportunity to grow this event is there,” said Phibbs.

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