CLINTON — Bunny rabbits and butterflies and princesses, oh my!

Dress your little four-legged friend up and join in this year’s Howl-A-Ween event at Bailey’s Dog Park, 151 Glenwood Road, Clinton, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 20. Fee to enter is a $5 donation.

“Participants are invited to dress their dogs up as whatever they like,” says Volunteer Jessica Demers. “It’s always very fun and creative.”

While you’re at it, why not make it a family affair. Dress the pooch as Batman and the family can accompany as Robin, the Joker or Cat Woman.

Use your creativity to vie for the prizes as the funniest, cutest and most original costume. There will also be raffle prizes, donated by local businesses.

“This is a fund raiser just to get new toys and new equipment for the park,” Demers says. “We regularly have to replace tennis balls that the dogs chew up, so it’s always nice to have a little extra money to do things like that with.”

Then there are the shovels, rakes and replacement water bowls and a long-term goal of replacing the seating for owners to take advantage of while visiting with their pooch.

Bailey’s Dog Park, open since 2012, is a volunteer endeavor spearheaded by a founding committee members Bonnie Finkeldey, Carol Walter, Robin Buckley, Sandy Springer and Grace Guidone.

The town assists with delivering mulch and emptying the trash on a weekly basis and many local businesses and organizations have donated items, but volunteers are responsible for the majority of expenses at the park.

“We have some really good community helpers that come in and help us out,” Demers explains. “We have the boy scouts and the girl scouts who have been doing things for us, but we definitely have to do a lot of upkeep and it is very member driven.”

Demers, along with her 2-year-old Wheaten Terrier, Sully, enjoy their visits to Bailey’s Dog Park. She encourages others to take advantage of this local opportunity.

“Having a pet is always a great enhancement to anyone’s life and anyone’s lifestyle and having a pet in community is a wonderful way to share that pet and share that joy with others,” Demers says.

“So, we love this event because it’s a great way to share time with each other, share time with each other’s dogs and each other’s family and get to know each other and create a wonderful little community at our dog park,” she adds.

Bailey’s Dog Park, 151 Glenwood Road, Clinton; Facebook Bailey’s Dog Park.

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