Bark in the Park

Girl Scout CampsAmerica’s favorite past time with Atlanta’s favorite sports team can now be enjoyed with one of our favorite members of the household! Bark in the Park returns to Turner Field on September 15 for the 15th bi-annual event where you can bring your furry canine kids to the Braves game as they take on the Padres at 1:35 pm.

 

The idea of Bark in the Park was conceived by the Braves organization in 2006 as a way to include more of the entire family in Atlanta Braves baseball and they enlisted the help of Craig Koch, Founder and CEO of WAG-A-Lot, specialists in doggie day care and boarding, for guidance and logistical help.

 

“It takes 20 WAG-A-LOT employees and 10 volunteers from AARF to make sure that the 600 dogs and their human companions enjoy a day at the ballpark,” explained Craig. Two standout volunteers are Jennifer Johnson-Hurt, WAG Manager of WAG-A-LOT Decatur and Chandra Von Scherr, WAG Manager of the Down-town location. Jennifer and Chandra have “pulled this bi-annual event off seamlessly for the past several years” says Craig, proudly.

 

Support services and assistance in keeping dogs cool on a hot summer afternoon include wading pools, cool water misters, thousands of pounds of ice and Gourmet Dog Ice Cream. Specialty ven-dors participate, providing pet friendly treats, pet photo booth, dog bandannas, pet rescue organiza-tions and veterinarian’s services.

 

Admission for one dog and its human companion is $25, with additional human companion tickets just $15. Approximately 1,000 humans with tickets will be in the designated Bark in the Park seating area, but canine/human tickets are limited to 600. Proceeds benefit Bobby Cox Paws Because Charity so get your tickets early. The allotted dog/human tickets sell out quickly. To see if your Fido would be safe and comfortable at the event, check the Braves Bark in the Park website: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/bark_in_park.jsp

 

-Carol Seeger