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Park goes to the dogs to fight cancer

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Lions Town and Country Park went to the dogs for the third annual Bark For Life to help in the fight against cancer. Over 50 owners were lined up early to register their furry four-legged pets. Proceeds from this evergrowing event benefit the 2012 Madera Relay For Life that was held in May.

Opening ceremonies began with coordinator Lorraine Serrano thanking everyone for coming. Dog owner Denise Burns spoke on how cancer has affected many members of her family. At her side was Gypsy Rose, her 5-year old, Old English Bulldog, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “Cancer is the number one killer of dogs,” Burns said.

More pet owners arrived Saturday morning, including mayor Brett Frazier and council member Gary Svanda with their dogs, and with music, flags and banners, canines of all sizes, breeds, and mixed too, some dressed in purple bandanas and accessories, and owners paraded through the park. Music was provided free by DJ Todd Williamson who traveled from Southern California for the event.

Vendors from Petco, The California Chi, Madera Veterinary Clinic, and the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter offered information and giveaways to dog owners throughout the morning. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses...


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