The American Cancer Society's Bark For Life Westchester had 19 teams of owners and dogs raise more than $31,000 and participate in a short walk April 10 in Tarrytown, New York to fight against cancer.
In addition to the non-competitive walk to raise funds and awareness, dogs and their owners were also able to participate in a number of demonstrations, contests, and games. The Port Chester Obedience Training Club offered agility, rally, and nose work as part of AKC's My Dog Can Do That! and the Westchester County Police offered drug-detection and search-and-rescue demonstrations.
Cancer survivor Abbie Einstein, a Golden Retriever, served as the grand marshal of the walk. Abbie battled squamous cell carcinoma and has since gone on to find success in a number of canine sports, collecting titles in rally, obedience, and agility. She is also an accomplished therapy dog and regularly visits nursing homes, hospitals, and other places where her services are needed.
Bark For Life of Westchester is still collecting donations. More information can be found here.
Here are a few scenes from the event: