Dogs and their humans are invited to join in the Greater Bangor Bark For Life on Saturday, a dog-friendly event that supports the American Cancer Society. 

This is one of my favorite events all year. I mean, I'm a 'dog-person,' who loves anything that celebrates canines. So a whole event that's centered around man's best friend is right up my alley! And you don't have to own a dog, or even bring your dog, to join in the fun. Dog lovers are also encouraged to sign up! Gifford won't be joining us this year because he's just not socialized enough to be around so many other animals, but we'll be there to pet and enjoy everyone else's dogs!

Bark for Life is sort of a dog-friendly Relay for Life, with a couple of big differences. The first is obvious - dogs are welcome to attend! Because of that, it's not a 14-hour marathon, but actually runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 3rd. And you don't have to have someone walking the track that entire time, like in the traditional Relay. There are several specific walks during the events, and then a sunset walk at the end of the event that's just one lap around the track. This event is not about cancer in dogs, but rather recognizes the care and comfort shown to cancer patients by their canine companions.There's nothing quite like the love of a dog when you're sick.

There will be plenty of entertainment this year, plus a few of the usual activities, like the doggy costume contest. Those are always fun to judge! Lots of vendors will be on-hand with dog-friendly products or services to show attendees. And, of course, there will be food!

I hope everyone who loves dogs comes out to join us on Saturday. Bring your pet with you, if he or she is comfortable around lots of people and other dogs. Or leave them at home and just come out to pet and play with other people's dogs! All the money raised by the event benefits the American Cancer Society. For more information on this Saturday's event, log onto the Facebook page for Greater Bangor Bark for Life or their website. My co-host Craig Colson and I will see you at Bass Park this weekend!

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