Barking in Bedford
A good day to go to the dogs
The show has provided connection among residents of the assisted-living facility, the community at-large, and the League, giving residents a much-needed doggie fix.
Twenty contestants, large and small, some sporting costumes and other accessories, paraded their way down the grassy area at the rear of the building on Thursday to strut their stuff, with prizes for such categories as "Most Talented," "Best Costume," and "Best Behaved."
Paula Mattis, president and CEO of the Animal Rescue League, said events such as the show are not only good fundraisers, but also a way for the League to inform the community about some of the many services it provides.
From low-cost spaying and neutering services, to a community pet food pantry for low-income pet owners, to neglect and cruelty outreach, Mattis said the League is more than just a place to surrender animals or adopt them.
Residents of Bentley Commons didn't turn down an opportunity for some summer fun, and nearly 150 people turned out for the show.
"We all love dogs," said resident Gerri Inserra, who showed her Yorkshire terrier, Lara. "They're such faithful companions."
"It makes people forget their troubles, and enjoy the fun of each other's company," said resident Vie Girard.
For dog owner Pam Sleeper, who brought long-haired whippets to the show, there was an educational aspect to the day.
Harrington said the show continues to be a positive endeavor for everyone involved.
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