First Bark for Life event held Saturday

In Elkhart, a cancer fundraiser was held Saturday gave new meaning to the term doggie park. Dog owners brought their four-legged companions to Walker Park Saturday afternoon for the first Bark for Life of Elkhart County.

It's an event very similar to Relay for Life, but involves man's best friend instead. Around 60 pups spent their time strolling around the park's walking track. The canines could also compete in special contests, like a "bark off" and relay race. It was all to raise awareness and money for cancer, in both humans and dogs.

"I think the biggest thing that I could ever tell anyone would be if something does not feel right, seem right at all in your body, make the time to go get it checked out,” says Dr. Jill Windy a veterinarian at Noah's Landing Pet Care Clinic. “Everybody is 28 hours a day, 8 days a week, and all they are so busy and they don't have time to do stuff. You have got time, I swear you have got time. Go get checked out and keep yourself healthy."

Organizers referred to Saturday’s event as the "pilot program," but they are already planning on holding it again next year.

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