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September 11, 2014

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Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 i % Kenzie Redman, middle center, and dog Maddie and Hannah Shrum and morning at the first Shelton Bark for Life, a Relay for Life event. dog Tucker walk with other participants Journal photos by Natalie Johnson in color-coordinated shirts Saturday Event raises money for 5he~ton Relay for Life By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Shelton's Loop Field was full of woofs and wagging tails Saturday morning as about a dozen dogs waited to start the inaugural Shelton Bark for Life event. The walk kicked off Shelton Relay for Life's 2015 season. "(Cancer) affects everyone," said Shelton Relay organizer Karin Leaf. "Our dogs are our family." The Bark for Life, sponsored by Re- lay for Life, has existed in other corn- munities for some time, organizers said. This is the first time Shelton Re- lay for Life has hosted the event. "You're taking your dog out for a walk; you're getting exercise. It's a win- win for everybody," Leaf said. Registration cost $20 per dog for the walk, which started at 10 a.m. Sat- urday. Participants walked through downtown Shelton, beginning and end- ing at Loop Field on Franklin Street. The event raises awareness and money for Relay for Life and gives par- ticipants with dogs a chance to include their canine companions, organizers said. "You have all these wonderful peo- ple who show up to relay. We can't walk our dogs at the high school track," said David Hauger. Hauger's Relay for Life team, Tech Trekkers, was briefly renamed Tuck- er's Trekkers on Saturday in honor of his 4-year-old black cocker spaniel, Tucker. "It's a good event. The money re- Gerald Apple's Rescued greyhounds Mets, left, and Spry, await the beginning of the inaugural Bark for Life. ceived will go to next year's (relay)," he said. Shelton Relay for Life raised more than $82,000 in 2014. The total amount raised at the Bark for Life was not known as of Monday. lfl or i .......... "" Ir II