This is difficult to write because I was moved in so many ways. Coonhound Companions is my pet project and I'm happy, overwhelmed and grateful to see this fundraising success on its behalf.
"Thank you" is too simple and understated for the incredible generosity of the participants who paid gate fees, had their dogs bathed, nails trimmed, bought raffle tickets, donated raffle items, who baked and donated desserts, who bought food, buttons, notepads, t-shirts and other items, who baked and donated gluten free homemade dog biscuits and more.
Spayed or neutered, vaccinated dogs that are friendly with people and other dogs are welcome to join in the fun for a great play date. Bark Park is the one event where dozens of people cater to my hound's love of chasing balls and are humored by his loud vocalizations demanding that someone throw a ball for him.
Some dogs ran, some dogs swam; some dogs lounged under the trees and watched the action. Some dogs played with their best buddies, some played solo. Some dogs begged and melted against any human who would pet them.
Then, Bark Park had-more than 16 volunteers show up to work their tails off for the day setting up chairs, poop bag stations, tables, tents, and so much more. I can't even begin to thank everyone. I just don't know how.
Many of these volunteers I hadn't met before, but I'd certainly be proud to call them "friend" after seeing their character in action. I didn't beg them, badger them, push them, and order them to help. They simply showed up and made the day a success. It was like someone waved a magic wand. I think I've learned a new life lesson, magic wands exist and they are made up of good people. Thank you, my friends, thank you.
Mary Beth Hall