Bark in the Park

Angela Smithso, from Linden, attended last year’s Bark in the Park with her hairless Chinese crested Harry, who donned his Elvis outfit for the occasion. This year’s event, an annual fundraiser for the Tullahoma Animal Shelter’s medical fund, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Waggoner Park.

Calling all pet-lovers: The 15th annual Bark in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 13, according to animal control officials.

The annual fundraiser helps to build up the animal shelter’s medical fund, according to Animal Control Supervisor Teresa Holt.

“All proceeds go towards medical [care], which includes emergency care, preventative care and spaying and neutering,” Holt said.

The event is held each year in Waggoner Park, located off the Manchester Highway.

According to Holt, this year’s event will differ slightly than previous year’s fundraisers, though all the traditional elements, such as the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Tullahoma Canine, will still take place.

Dog owners will be able to pamper their pooches with some dog body art at the PetSense Pet Harido Paw-lor or get a “paw-dicure” from the groomers, including a trim and nail polish if they want.

There will be puppy paw art, a bob for weenies competition, as well as a selfie booth and lounging area at the Bow Wow Bone Bar, Holt said.

The Bone Bar will also have a variety of Scooby-safe snacks to eat, including Kristal Ray’s peanut butter bones and Pupcakes, she said.

Additional features include a silent auction, face painting booth, a giant ninja slide, dogs available for adoption, and more, according to Holt.

Admission is entirely free, although donations are required for food contest entries and various activities, she added.

Those who would like to donate items to be auctioned off are welcome to contact Holt at animal control for more information.

Additionally, Holt said, volunteers are always needed, so those who want to help that morning are encouraged to call her to coordinate volunteer hours.

For more information about the event, how to donate silent auction items or to volunteer, call the Tullahoma Animal Shelter at 454-9580.

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