Bark For Life to feature canine officer, kid events

Special guest K9 Andy and lots of activities for kids and dogs are to be featured at this year’s Bark For Life 9-11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Registration is requested by Sept. 6.

Andy and his partner Tiffin Police Officer Jake DeMonte are planning to demonstrate Andy’s skills and be on hand to mingle with participants.

In other years, Bark For Life has taken place on the Saturday morning after Relay For Life, but Team Forever Friends decided to try a different day this year.

“The reason we separated it is twofold,” said organizer Marilyn Stiltner. “Everyone is so tired the morning of Relay after we go all night, and we’re kind of limited to what we can do because of Relay stuff set up.”

Plans include a concession stand, children’s activities, games for dogs, dog nail trimming, raffles and 50/50 drawings.

“These will all be for a donation,” she said.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and owners should be prepared to clean up after them.

“We’re going to have wooden doggie bones for kids to decorate,” Stiltner said. She also is hoping to have face painting, and a few other activities are planned but unconfirmed.

“September is such a nice time,” she said. “It’s not really a time we have to worry about weather so much. Bring out your dogs and children and spend a couple hours on fun activities on a Saturday morning.”

While they’re having fun, she said participants will be supporting the American Cancer Society and Tiffin Relay For Life.

“We all have a relative or friend who has been lost to cancer or who has gone through the fight,” she said. “For me it’s my sister and an aunt who died of breast cancer a long time ago. It’s a way to support the cause and fight the big C.”

Fee is $10 for participants registered by Sept. 6, and $15 for walk-ins on the day of the event.

To receive a registration form, call Stiltner at (419) 306-3457 or email her at

“Email is preferred so we save money on postage,” she said.