Third Annual Bark in the Park Fun for Pets and Owners

October 25, 2013

by Tom Tollefson

Dogs and residents came out to support Hudson’s Dog Park and have an afternoon of fun and festivities.  Last Saturday, the Hudson Dog Park hosted their third annual Bark in the Park fundraiser at Benson’s Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The afternoon featured a poker walk and canine costume contest.

“It’s always gone pretty well.  It’s one of the highlights of our fundraisers.  We’ve had a lot of activity and a lot of interest,” said Hudson Dog Park secretary Cheryl Murray.

Two of the main events at the fundraiser were the free dog pictures and poker walk.  Volunteers took photos of dogs dressed in their scariest Halloween outfits.  The photos will then be posted on the Hudson Dog Park’s Facebook page, where they will be available for public voting.  The photo that receives the most “likes” (you vote by clicking the “like” button on the photo).  The owner of the top voted dog will receive gift basket filled with dog treats and toys donated from the store America’s Pets in Hudson.  The contest will run until October 31.

The other event, the poker walk was a well marked one mile trail through Benson’s Park with five stops manned by volunteers.  The cost was $5 each hand.  At every stop, a volunteer had a deck of cards for the players to draw one card.  At the end of the 20 minute walk, the players would end up with a hand of five total cards(the card combinations were marked on paper and each card was put back into the deck after drawn).  A total of 23 hands (some players went more than once) were played at the event.  Joshua Gallien had the best hand and won 50 percent of the money from the poker walk.  Gail Demanco ended up with the worst hand and won various dog logo items along with a fleece scarf.

“It’s beautiful and the weather is cooperating.  It’s a perfect day,” Sandra Carpenter said about her time on the poker walk with her dog Abby.

The Hudson stores America’s Pets and Casey Jones Bones set up vendors at Bark in the Park to sell dog related items and raffle off baskets for dogs and their owners.  Both Hudson pet stores donated 100 percent of their daily proceeds to the Hudson Dog Park.

The money raised from Bark in the Park will be used by the Hudson Dog Park towards buying benches to set up outside the fence, a lawnmower, and various clean up and maintenance costs.

The park will soon have more upgrades as well.  Hudson boy scout Frank Cuniff will be installing agility equipment in the dog park for next year.

The Hudson Dog Park is a 501c nonprofit organization which started a few years ago with only four members.  The group expanded and raised the money for the addition of the Hudson Dog Park to Benson’s Park.  Their continued fundraising efforts support the upkeep of the dog park.