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It was a day for dogs at Bark in the Park at Rural Hill


Penny was among the contestants in a best trick contest at Bark in the Park. (Natalie Houck photo)

Penny was among the contestants in a best trick contest at Bark in the Park. (Natalie Houck photo)

By NATALIE HOUCK
CorneliusNews.net

HUNTERSVILLE - A cloudy day could not keep dog lovers away from Saturday’s Bark in the Park festival at historic Rural Hill farm.

Contests, dog demos and a parade of adoptable dogs were among the day’s events.  A “Best Trick” contest drew a small crowd of participants at 11 a.m., where dogs danced, prayed, shook hands, and high-fived for some of their tricks.

Doggie stage fright ensued for many of “Best Trick” participants, but those who could make it past their nerves put on a show. One participant, Midnight, said her prayers right before winning 3rd place. Penny, another participant danced for 1st. And Cookie sat and gave her paw.

Owners were able walk their dogs leash-less in the leash-free areas provided at the park, and grab some free snacks provided by sponsors. “Bow Wow” bags to pick up any accidents lined the park along with water stations for the dogs.

Bark in the Park is one of the major annual events organized by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. All proceeds go to the county’s off-leash dog parks.

The event included the annual Top Dog Photo ContestCooper, a 2-year old Boxer, was named the top dog April 23, after being picked as one of three finalists. Other finalists were:  McGrady (5-year old Australian Shepherd), and Nala (3-year old Blue Tick Walker mix). (See the official announcement of the winner.)

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Bark in the Park was Saturday at Rural Hill. (Natalie Houck photo)

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