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HOLDEN BEACH—The second annual Bark at the Beach raised more than $11,000 for Easter Seals and B.A.R.K.
The March 29 doggie walk and contests raised $11,171 for Easter Seals and $593 for B.A.R.K., a group that promotes responsible pet ownership, educational programs and meals on wheels for pets in conjunction with Brunswick County Social Services.
About 30 dogs and their owners turned out for the event, which involved a 2 to 3-mile walk down Brunswick Avenue. Afterward, several canine competitions took place under the Holden Beach high-rise bridge.
Bogie, a mixed breed owned by Carol Lank of Bolivia, won most attractive and a prize picnic basket.
Sir Drool A Lot, owned by Tina Doherty of Supply, won the most attractively challenged contest portion of the fundraiser.
Molly, a golden retriever owned by Vivian Biesecker of Holden Beach, won most talented at the canine event for performing basic dog tricks.
Bark at the Beach sponsors included Century 21 Anne Arnold, First Brunswick Mortgage, The Premier Magazine, J.M. Parker and Sons, Grass Roots Landscaping, Crabby Hatters of Holden Beach Red Hat Society, AVS Appraisals, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Mad Hatter, The Brunswick Beacon, Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association and BB&T Bank.
Among event highlights, Volvo donated items from Bark Buckle UP, a nonprofit group that strives to educate pet owners about the dangers of traveling with unrestrained pets in vehicles.