Lots of dogs and their owners gathered on the boardwalk at Beach 104 Street on Saturday, October 14 for It's My Bark Day, a new event hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The event featured contests, giveaways, music, a bouncy castle for kids and more. "I'm thrilled to see how many people turned out," said Jill Weber, Rockaway's parks administrator. The event was sponsored by PETCO, Belle Shore Condominiums, Science Diet, Central Veterinary Associates and Partnerships for Parks.
|Donna Marino holds Puck, 6, who won the doggie costume contest with his New York Rangers jersey (from Build-A-Bear Workshop) and sundae-size helmet. Puck has done catalog and magazine work, Marino said. "I got him though the rescue. Nobody wanted him," she said. Paul Greenfield, 11, brought his dog, Grizzie, an adopted Border Collie, to the event. Greenfield's parents are Jeff Greenfield and Jill Weber, Rockaway's administrator for the Department of Parks and Recreation. We've heard of seal sightings in the water and even on the beach - but on the boardwalk! That may be a first. Benjamin, a Beagle/Basset Hound mix, models his aloha outfit". His owner, Jenn McGowan, holds the leash. Olivia Basil, dressed as a kimono princess, holds Lexi, a Pomeranian princess without her crown. Nora Meehan (left) was dressed as a cheerleader. Dogs and owners seemed to enjoy this area, where dogs could go off-leash, catch Frisbees or run through an obstacle course. The area is one of two spots being considered for the peninsula's first dog run (the other is Freeway Park). Adopt me, please! Neo, a Cocker Spaniel, does his best to convince this couple to take him home. Cali, a Pit Bull mix, sports prison stripes as did her owner, Andrea Galas. "She's a year and a half, she cost $50 and she's worth every penny and more," Galas said of her prisoner pooch, which she adopted. Gimme that ball, you devil! Julie Mulligan tries to wrestle a ball away from Cody, a chocolate Labrador Retriever dressed as a chocolate Devil Dog. Little Red Riding Hood (Carla Gonzalez) poses with the Big Bad Wolf (Reger), er, we mean grandma. Nicholas Marino and his dog, Scoobie-Doo, won the look-alike contest with their green and blue dinosaur costumes. |