Doggone style

PUHI — Canines and their owners had a unique and fun way to help battle cancer Saturday by embarking on the fourth annual Bark for Life Kauai.

“I get up much earlier than this,” said Craig DeCosta, who brought his dog to the event. “We go out on an early morning walk, so this is a change.”

Diann Hartman, chair of the 2014 Bark for Life, said the committee planned for a goal of 50 dogs and was pleased with the turnout which, following walk-in registration, hit the goal.

“We haven’t gotten to the total fund raised because pledges are still coming in,” Hartman said. “But to have 50 dogs, in spite of the weather, is really good.”

Alvin Uchida and Kuma set the pace for the walk which circled the perimeter of the Kilohana Plantation lawn twice before adjourning to a morning of special contests including funniest photo, best costume, most appropriate name, most unique color, fastest eater, best trick, pet-and-owner look-alike and an agility course.

“This is the first year we’re having the event at Kilohana so we’re trying to figure it out,” Hartman said.

Another first included Rose Murtagh of Get Fit with Fido leading the pre-walk warmups for both the canines and their owners. The Bark for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraising event which honors the special relationship between dogs and their owners, celebrating the dogs who love and give hope to their humans, states a release.

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