Tails were wagging as dogs, big and small, arrived at the Moose Lake City Park on Saturday, October 27 for the first Moose Lake Area Pet Walk.
The pet walk was hosted by Dr. Angela Urban of the Arrowhead Pet Clinic in collaboration with Patricia Frye, owner of Kennelz and Bitz.
The mission of the pet walk was to raise funds for the B.A.R.T Foundation or Basic Animal Rescue Training Foundation. The B.A.R.T Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was created in loving memory of a firefighter's dog named Bart. The dog was caught in a house fire and, unfortunately, the firefighters were not prepared with the correct knowledge or tools to rescue the pet.
B.A.R.T. focuses on training first responders in the area of rescuing pets from dangerous and potentially deadly situations. The organization has worked with the Moose Lake Fire Department. B.A.R.T. and the fire department both had representatives at the walk.
“Jerry” and “Fluffy” were also in attendance, the official CPR pet mannequins. Dr. Urban provided a pet education session on when and how to administer CPR and disaster planning for a pet. The second session was on dog bite prevention by Frye.
The whole event was focused on community education, fun, and raising money for a great cause.
The Pet Walk began and finished in the Moose Lake City Park on a bright and very crisp day. There were many dogs and their families that registered for the walk and paraded through town. The event was a huge success.
In an effort to increase fundraising, raffle tickets and concessions were sold. In total, the event was able to raise $500 to donate to the B.A.R.T. Foundation.