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Published October 15, 2012, 02:38 PM

Festival Barks Up the Right Tree: Humane Society Raises Money for Dogs

Daisy Mae won for the best costume, Ebony for the best trick and Bella for the best wagging tail Sunday at the fourth annual All 4 Fun Dog Festival at the Grand Forks Humane Society.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

Daisy Mae won for the best costume, Ebony for the best trick and Bella for the best wagging tail Sunday at the fourth annual All 4 Fun Dog Festival at the Grand Forks Humane Society.

The non-competitors, such as Bronk and Buck, also appeared to be having a good time.

Bronk, a 3-year-old, 60-pound English Bulldog who apparently has never missed a meal, was relishing a stomach scratch. “Bronk likes all the dogs and all the attention,” Jake Fehr said.

Bronk belongs to Jake’s brother while Buck, a Redbone Coonhound, is Jake’s dog.

“Jake’s amazing, mellow, obedient — the best dog I’ve ever had,” Fehr said.

It would have been difficult to find any dog owners critical of their pooches at the Humane Society event, other than some stage fright from all the four-legged distractions around them when it came to performing in the competitions.

Close to 50 dogs and their owners attended the event, which is designed for “people having fun with their dogs, and dogs having fun with other dogs,” said Arlette Moen, the Humane Society’s executive director.

In addition to the contests and games, the event included a reunion of dogs adopted from the humane society and demonstrations by the GF Kennel Club and Grand Forks Police Department.

It’s also a way to spread the word about the need for more adoptions of animals.

“Eighty percent of the dogs that come to us either get claimed or adopted or transferred to other rescue organizations,” Moen said.

The festival came on the heels of the organization’s “Five-for-Five” fundraiser. It stood for raising $5,000 in five days for sheltered dogs who require major surgeries. The amount collected was at $4,100 by Sunday.

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