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Bark in the Park 2017 — All Breeds Welcome Here!

Bark in the Bark, Balboa Park, 2017, Bob Lang photoAnyone who’s been spending as much time as I have monitoring social media newsfeeds this past week may feel like we are living in a dog-eat-dog world, where some breeds are welcomed and others are not.

Thankfully, this Sunday’s annual Bark in the Park event in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at 2pm is just what our diverse packs need to restore faith in the power of inclusiveness. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Bark in the Park is renowned throughout the local pet-loving community for bringing pooches and people from all walks of life together to support the San Diego Humane Society.

The family-friendly event features paw-tapping animal-themed tunes played on the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Russ Peck, who performs with the San Diego Symphony and specializes in Silent Era film scores, takes over the reins from Dr. Carol Williams, who founded the yearly fundraiser in 2007. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society, which will be on hand with pet adoption info kits and a fetching group of some of their most eligible-for-adoption guests.

The program will be capped off with the highly anticipated and participatory parade of pooches. Accompanied by their leashed parents and dressed for the occasion, the queue of canines will demonstrate why inclusive communities make for the best in show.

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