2007-05-25 / Community

It's A Dog Day Afternoon For It's My Bark Day

Story and pictures by Miriam Rosenberg

: Dogs and their humans braved nasty, cold weather for some socializing last Saturday afternoon during the annual It's My Bark Day. : Dogs and their humans braved nasty, cold weather for some socializing last Saturday afternoon during the annual It's My Bark Day. Dogs and their humans gathered by the boardwalk between Beach 99 and Beach 101 Streets, the proposed site of Rockaway's first official Dog Run, for last Saturday's second annual It's My Bark Day on the peninsula. The dog advocate group ARF ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness), in partnership with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, hosted the event.

The North Shore Animal League was there with animals ready for adoption, and the ASPCAoffered free spaying and neutering of pets.

Dog owners and their pooches were treated to several giveaways including free dog collars. Dog owners and their pooches were treated to several giveaways including free dog collars. Jill Weber, the Rockaway Administrator for the Department of Parks and her little one -  Grizzie. Jill Weber, the Rockaway Administrator for the Department of Parks and her little one - Grizzie. Say hello to Taco, as in Taco "I think I need a bigger box" Bell. Say hello to Taco, as in Taco "I think I need a bigger box" Bell. Brother and sister, Cuervo and Crisal, show their allegiance by wearing Arf Arf tee shirts. Brother and sister, Cuervo and Crisal, show their allegiance by wearing Arf Arf tee shirts. This brown, chocolate lab was among the many animals available for adoption from the North Shore Animal League. This brown, chocolate lab was among the many animals available for adoption from the North Shore Animal League. Zane Wade, 11, holds Gizmo who dressed up as a sailor for the costume event. Zane Wade, 11, holds Gizmo who dressed up as a sailor for the costume event. Abby Barnett, her son Albert and Dexter pose for a photo. In set: Albert puts a donation in Arf Arf's collection jar. Abby Barnett, her son Albert and Dexter pose for a photo. In set: Albert puts a donation in Arf Arf's collection jar. Smaller dogs got their own space to romp around during the afternoon. Smaller dogs got their own space to romp around during the afternoon. A fenced off space became an unofficial test for a dog run that Arf Arf has proposed for Beach 99 Street and Shore Front Parkway. Dogs and owners were well behaved. A fenced off space became an unofficial test for a dog run that Arf Arf has proposed for Beach 99 Street and Shore Front Parkway. Dogs and owners were well behaved. Dawn Prentiss of Semper Fido gives dog owners tips in training their pets. Dawn Prentiss of Semper Fido gives dog owners tips in training their pets.

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