Holden Beach gets ready to walk the dogs

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Holden Beach will be the place to walk your dog(s) this Saturday, March 29, as the second annual Bark at the Beach celebration and fundraiser unfolds under the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m. The fee is $20 to walk one dog with a walking buddy. T-shirts also will be available for participants.

This year’s goal is to raise $7,500 to benefit Easter Seals of North Carolina and B.A.R.K. (Brunswick Area Responsible K-9s), a local group that is doing great things for local dogs, event organizer Mary Lou Franklin said.

“Bring your dogs out,” said Franklin of Century 21 Anne Arnold, one of the event sponsors along with First Brunswick Mortgage.

The walk will proceed 2 to 3 miles down Brunswick Avenue, to be followed by other events at Bark at the Beach central beneath the Holden Beach high-rise bridge. Watering stations will be provided for the dogs, and a “poop patrol” will be on hand to monitor goings-on as well.

Other highlights include the Holden Beach Doggy Idol Contest, which will feature a panel of judges this year consisting of a veterinarian with Brunswick Animal Hospital, a representative from Carolina K-9s, Ida Hatter of Mad Hatter Groomer and Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett. The contest fee is $10.

Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden is on tap to serve as master of ceremonies.

There also will be contests for the most beautiful and most “attractively challenged” dogs.

Other events include demonstrations by the sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit, including a search and rescue dog, as well as by Carolina K-9s and B.A.R.K. The loca fire department will have a truck for children to visit.

Last year’s event raised $5,600, which Franklin deemed a howling success that drew an award from Century 21 for the local fundraising effort for Easter Seals. The goal this year is $7,500.

“Just bring all your pets out,” Franklin said.

For more information or to register, call Mary Lou Franklin at Century 21 Anne Arnold, 842-5692, or First Brunswick Mortgage, 575-6252.