Getting Dunked For Dogs

Jamie Heap
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Parrsboro Raises Money For Dog Rest Stations, Park

Town of Parrsboro summer employee Audriana Smith provides some tender, loving care to Blade, a dog that followed her to the dunk tank fundraiser on Saturday, inside of the first of three planned dog rest stations. Smith was also one of ten dunkees who donated their time Saturday for a good cause.

PARRSBORO-It didn’t take long for Parrsboro to install its first dog rest station.  Thanks to a $500.00 donation from Heather Spidell, the first of three rest stations was recently installed at Town Hall. In fact, it was even occupied on Saturday.

“On my way here today, this dog just started following me,” stated Town of Parrsboro summer student Audriana Smith on Saturday. “When we got here, I just put in him (Blade) in the kennel until his owner comes for him,” she added.

“I think that this is really needed,” stated Smith. “A lot of people come into town, and now they have a spot to put their dog,” she added. Brooke Spears agrees.

“If people leave to go shopping, their dog will now have a place to stay,” said Spears, who, like Smith, is a summer employee with the Town of Parrsboro.

“We’re trying to get two more (kennels) between now and September,” she added.

Parrsboro is well on their way to achieving their goal. Prior to Saturday’s dunk tank fundraiser, $930.00 had been raised through such means as the sale of dog cookies and calendars by Burt Link. A second rest stop will be soon added behind Gavin Park. Fencing for a play park behind Gavin Park is planned for next year.

“Gavin Park will have a fence in place by next year,” stated Parrsboro project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond on Saturday. “Next year, we plan to hire a student to be an attendant for the summer,” added Redmond. “People will be given a key to the kennel, so it will totally be in their control as to when they pick up their dog.”

As for the dunk tank fundraiser itself, no fewer than ten people donated their time on Saturday to be dunked for a good cause. Charlene Smith was the first dunkee.

“Brooke asked me, and I said yes,” stated Charlene Smith. “It’s a great cause, and, I wanted to help out. I don’t think you should see dogs sitting in cars,” she added.

Other dunkees, in the order that they were scheduled to be dunked Saturday, were Audriana Smith, Dal Hutchinson, Brooke Spears, Jamie Brewer, Wesley Andrews, Tissy Bolivar, Kennedy Hutchinson, Rachel Collins and Heather Meyers.  

In addition to the dunk tank, money was also raised by selling sausage, corn-on-the-cob, hot banana cake chocolate meltdown, coffee, pop, iced tea, dog cookies, dog calendars and dog poop bags. The Wazoo Blues Band sang from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.


Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Gavin Park, Bolivar

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