Bark for Life, against cancer

By Austin Westfall

Last update: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The American Cancer Society held its annual Bark for Life event Saturday, bringing hundreds to raise funds and celebrate their four-legged best friends.

The event, which benefited the American Cancer Society, featured all types of doggy-related entertainment such as bacon-flavored bubbles, bobbing for hotdogs, and a licking contest.

Cary Bruecher competes in the licking contest at Bark for Life, holding a peanut butter-covered spoon in his mouth as his Australian Shepherd Scooter licks it clean.
Cary Bruecher competes in the licking contest at Bark for Life, holding a peanut butter-covered spoon in his mouth as his 3-year-old Australian Shepherd Scooter licks it clean. Austin Westfall/ The Signal

Bark for Life is a “feeder” for another American Cancer Society event, Relay for Life, which is held at Central Park each year in May.

Dogs are not allowed at Relay for Life because many of that event’s attendees are in treatment, therefore Bark for Life was created.

“(We are) celebrating animals and how they help us through things like cancer,” said Teresa Kerr, Event Chair.

“They’re always there for you and they just seem to sense that you need them, they’re such a great support system.”

The event raised over $12,000 for the American Cancer Society, exceeding their $9,000 goal.

One-year-old boxer, Luna, and John and Isabella Bomben of Valencia primp their costumes as a cowgirl, cow and cowgirl's horse as they prepare for the costume contest at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old boxer, Luna, and John and Isabella Bomben of Valencia primp their costumes as a cowgirl, cow and cowgirl’s horse as they prepare for the costume contest at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Dozens of attendees participate in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Dozens of attendees participate in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old Belgian Malinois, Roxie, demonstrates her skill on an obstacle course presented by Santa Clarita Valley Dog Agility Club at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgepoert Park in Valencia on Staruday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old Belgian Malinois, Roxie, demonstrates her skill on an obstacle course presented by Santa Clarita Valley Dog Agility Club at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgepoert Park in Valencia on Staruday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cynthia Brown, center, waves to the by-standers as she and her three-year-old Lab mix dressed in a Star Wars costume join dozens of participants in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cynthia Brown, center, waves to the by-standers as she and her three-year-old Lab mix dressed in a Star Wars costume join dozens of participants in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Seven-month-old pitbull-Lab mix Rey, tolerates her Star Wars costume as she waits for the Doggy Lap parade to begin at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Seven-month-old pitbull-Lab mix Rey, tolerates her Star Wars costume as she waits for the Doggy Lap parade to begin at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Bark for Life, against cancer

Dozens of attendees participate in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The American Cancer Society held its annual Bark for Life event Saturday, bringing hundreds to raise funds and celebrate their four-legged best friends.

The event, which benefited the American Cancer Society, featured all types of doggy-related entertainment such as bacon-flavored bubbles, bobbing for hotdogs, and a licking contest.

Cary Bruecher competes in the licking contest at Bark for Life, holding a peanut butter-covered spoon in his mouth as his Australian Shepherd Scooter licks it clean.
Cary Bruecher competes in the licking contest at Bark for Life, holding a peanut butter-covered spoon in his mouth as his 3-year-old Australian Shepherd Scooter licks it clean. Austin Westfall/ The Signal

Bark for Life is a “feeder” for another American Cancer Society event, Relay for Life, which is held at Central Park each year in May.

Dogs are not allowed at Relay for Life because many of that event’s attendees are in treatment, therefore Bark for Life was created.

“(We are) celebrating animals and how they help us through things like cancer,” said Teresa Kerr, Event Chair.

“They’re always there for you and they just seem to sense that you need them, they’re such a great support system.”

The event raised over $12,000 for the American Cancer Society, exceeding their $9,000 goal.

One-year-old boxer, Luna, and John and Isabella Bomben of Valencia primp their costumes as a cowgirl, cow and cowgirl's horse as they prepare for the costume contest at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old boxer, Luna, and John and Isabella Bomben of Valencia primp their costumes as a cowgirl, cow and cowgirl’s horse as they prepare for the costume contest at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Dozens of attendees participate in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Dozens of attendees participate in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old Belgian Malinois, Roxie, demonstrates her skill on an obstacle course presented by Santa Clarita Valley Dog Agility Club at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgepoert Park in Valencia on Staruday. Dan Watson/The Signal
One-year-old Belgian Malinois, Roxie, demonstrates her skill on an obstacle course presented by Santa Clarita Valley Dog Agility Club at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgepoert Park in Valencia on Staruday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cynthia Brown, center, waves to the by-standers as she and her three-year-old Lab mix dressed in a Star Wars costume join dozens of participants in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cynthia Brown, center, waves to the by-standers as she and her three-year-old Lab mix dressed in a Star Wars costume join dozens of participants in the Doggy Lap parade to officially open the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Seven-month-old pitbull-Lab mix Rey, tolerates her Star Wars costume as she waits for the Doggy Lap parade to begin at the American Cancer Society's Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Seven-month-old pitbull-Lab mix Rey, tolerates her Star Wars costume as she waits for the Doggy Lap parade to begin at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Bark For Life event held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

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  • stray

    What a great event for our four legged friends to participate in and support this awesome event ! 🙂

Austin Westfall

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