Bark in the Park! Sunday, Aug 23rd!

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Bark in the Park Logo Join us, Sunday August 23rd, 2015 for our summer fundraiser!

Schedule (all times are approximate based on participants)  – FREE EVENT FOR WHOLE FAMILY!

8:00 — Race Registration @ Civic Center (pre register at for a discount!)

The course rounds the Yellowstone River and through the streets of historic Livingston!

9:00 — 5K Fun Run/Walk Dogs and children (under 13) welcome free (no strollers & dogs must be

vaccinated and on non-retractable leash). Prizes will be awarded from sponsors Livingston Veterinary Hospital,

Black Dog Rehab and Murdoch’s for fastest male, fastest female, fastest teen (age 13-18) and fastest dog.

10:30— Fun, Food & Vendors Open Come ride a camel for $10 provided by Camel Discovery, have a professional photo taken by Melanie Renee Photography with a “unicorn”  (come see for yourself!), meet the rescued draft horses of United in Light. Have lunchhot dog booth by Know Thy Dog Training & Mark’s In & Out,   craft beer from Katabatic Brewing, lemonade by the Spay and Neuter Task Force, snow cones by Bozeman Tropical Sno, vegan snacks by Live and Let Livingston Vegan Potluck and much more.  Face painting, fun photo ops, doggie wading pools and of course adoptable pets!

11:00—Demonstrations by Livingston Police’s canine & equine officers and Gray Ghost K9

11:30—Cutest Costume Duo (Person and Dog)

12:00—Fastest Obstacle Course (Youth with Dog)

12:30—Pool Contests including Fastest Swimmer,   Longest Jump and Best Swimsuit (dog)

1:00—Coolest Cat in Livingston (please bring photo of cat to be displayed and voted on)

1:15—Fastest Dog in Livingston

1:30—Raffle for 4 MSU Home Football Tickets (tickets available at Shelter 1-$5 or 5-$20)

1:35—West Paw Bed & Toy Package $129 Value (tickets available at Shelter 1-$5 or 5-$20)

1:45—Shelter Dog Alumni Parade bring your Stafford pets and have them join in the parade!


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Well Traveled Paco

I adopted Paco (aka Kendall) nearly a year ago. Paco, 1/2 Chihuahua 1/2 Minature Pincher, was rescued by Stafford staff from a kill shelter in Los Angeles, CA along with a group of other small dogs. My 16 year old Border Collie, Blue, crossed over the previous autumn of 2013. I was not quite ready for another dog, as I was still missing Blue terribly. I happened to see Paco’s picture on the shelter website for about 30 seconds and I just knew he was the buddy for me. The dog section was closed down due to bordetella and I was afraid he would have been adopted before I could apply for him. Luckily we were meant to be together as soon as we met.

Paco has been a lifeline to me as I was diagnosed with depression shortly before he came home with me. He is my reason to get up every day (he wakes me with pawing and licking). With additional treatment, I have been getting in a better frame of mind. For health reasons and because we became homeless in October 2014, our family moved us to Florida. We have found a duplex to live in and are much happier now that we have a home again.

Paco goes everywhere with me: to church (he waits in the garden), grocery shopping, various stores and just exploring around town. I have a tricycle he has learned to run alongside and when he gets tired, he rides in the basket. Paco is a great little ice-breaker for meeting people as he is very outgoing and a cheerful little guy. He does not know the definition of shy or nervous. I am getting more social because of him and plan to become involved with a couple of community organizations as we settle into our new home. I look forward to many happy years with my little guy.

Submitted by: Lois Anne