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The 2013 DockDogs World Championships are finally in the books. The gala was a first class affair with all competitors looking their finest.

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation’s silent auction was held on Friday evening with over 90 baskets and auction items to be browsed upon by all that attended the gala.

 

The baskets were stuff by all the donations that were given by those who wanted to Delta DDhelp our DockDogs community. The DockDog clubs from across the country put their local flair to each of the items they presented. There were wagons, tubs, coolers and of course baskets that were decorated beyond imagination. This added to the spice to put us up and over the top. MoKan Wagon

To get the outdoor people involved Stihl generously gave a chainsaw, trimmer and blower. These items were some of the top coveted items.

 

 

The vacation trips were from all around the world and some were a once in a lifetime adventure. The winners will be going off on trips to Serenity in the Tennessee Mountains, Las Vegas that included two shows with a fabulous dinner and a dream vacation to Costa Rica. WOW!Long View Tables

With the help of all the people that gave donations to The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation and those that gave the top bid, thank you. We were able to raise over $10,000.00 at the silent auction.

Again, thank you everyone!

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation is gearing up for the DockDogs World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa on November 13-17, 2013. This year will bring a whole new adventure!

On Friday night The Golden Paw Awards Gala will be held at the Five Flags Theater. The magical event will start off with The B.A.A.R.K. Foundations Silent Auction where the bidding will begin at 6:30 PM during cocktail hour. Then the Golden Paw Awards Ceremony will start and it includes the People’s Choice Awards, Year End Rankings, Contributor Awards, and the prestigious Global Recognition Award in addition to Feature Entertainment Acts.

WOW with all that going on I am really getting excited! There will be an intermission to break up the evening, where you can get your last minute bids in for the Silent Auction. There are so many wonderful items that were donated that it will be hard to choose which one or two to take home.

The winning bids will be announced before the wrap up of the Golden Paw Awards, and the purchased Auction items can be paid for and collected prior to departing the theater.

So bring cash or credit card to help support The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation in their continued effort to support the DockDogs community in a time of need.

We will be adding items to our website so please keep checking back to see the updated items. Visit www.baarkfoundation.org or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/baarkfoundation

See you in Dubuque!

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I would like to thank everyone that gave to The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation at different events around the country.

We received donations from: Medina County Fair, Wild Bill Days, Codorus Blast, Meadowlake Pup-A-Palooza,Dog Days of Summer, Pet Life Special, Market Place at Augusta, Butte Silver Bow, Kentucky Ultimate Outdoor Expo, Union Fair, Manfield Crossing, & Rideau River DockDogs Sheep Dog Trails.

You either collected with a B.A.A.R.K. vest, a donation was given at the administration table when signing up or someone gave at B.A.A.R.K. donation box. No matter how it was given it was given from the heart.

THANK YOU!

If you haven’t already don’t forget to “like” The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation on Facebook.

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation would like to thank everyone that contributed to the great time at the Wisp Resort at the Eastern Regional Championships.

We raised over $500.00 on the Beads for B.A.A.R.K. program to help get everyone in the mood for the Mardi Gras theme social event held on Friday night.

419184_331186160253994_1462299224_n[1]The tables were decorated with party hats, glow sticks and confetti to really give that party atmosphere. People came in their beads and full blown costumes to get the party really started. With the Cajun music playing we enjoyed a wonderful meal with great friends and we also made new friends too. To bad we don’t know who they were since they were in masks.

After dinner the festivities began with a costume contest and limbo contest. Let me tell you, I had no clue anyone could get that low under the bar and still move. Congratulations Ashley on a job well done that was truly amazing!

Erin Owens from Palmetto DockDogs offered up her hand painted Mardi Gras beads to be auctioned off. After heated bidding, Bill Johnson came out the winner and will be wearing the beads for a long time to come. Thank you Bill for all your support!

The elusive X large Regional Championship shirt that everyone wanted was donated by Josh and went for $130.00 to Deb Harris. The profit on this was split between B.A.A.R.K. and Team 21. Thank you Deb!

Jay donated one of his shirts and that again brought out a bidding war with Bill Johnson again the winner.

As I said at the social just while I was at Wisp 2 additional requests came in asking for assistance. Without your help and support within our DockDogs community we would not be able to help those in need that are also part of our family. Thank you for opening up your hearts and wallets!

Thank you everyone that helped make this evening a wonderful event and making it possible for us to help those on need!

If you didn’t get a chance to donate you can still do so now by going to http://baarkfoundation.org/donate-now/ or you can still donate to your favorite team in the Jump-A-Thon listed below.

If anyone has pictures we want to see them. Don’t forget to like the B.A.A.R.K. Foundation on Facebook and help us spread the word about all the good work we are doing.

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation has a new sponsor to help us raise funds and bring more awareness to The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.

Pet Meds is making a donation and you can check out their products at http://pet-meds.com/ you can also follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PetMeds

Thank you Pet Meds!

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The Jump-A-Thon has rocketed off the dock and is in full swing for the 2013 challenge. 

Starting May 1st to October 1st 2013 all members in the DockDogs® community will be collecting pledges to help support The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.

The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation helped numerous members of the DockDogs® community last year, when they were in need. The foundation is now in need of your support so we can continue to assist when needed.

Please visit the Jump-A-Thon page above to make a pledge for your club and individual members.

We would like everyone to get involved!

A friendly fundraising competition at each of the 4 Regional Championships will be a fun spirited challenge between the teams to see who will hold the crown for the most money collected in 2013. The top club will have their 2014 affiliate fees paid for by the DockDogs World Wide office. Last year the Las Vegas DockDogs® club won the challenge and they will not be easy to beat this year.

New for 2013 Individual Member Prizing:  Any and all clubs that raise $1,000.00 or more will have the top person in the club who raised the most money win a $100.00 Visa card.  There is opportunity for each club to reach this goal and have one lucky member within each club!

Please go out and start collecting now from family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and strangers.

Click on the link below to access your club page

Thank you for your support of The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation!

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All roads are leading to the DockDogs® World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa on November 13th – 17th 2013 at the Five Flags Center.

The Regional Championships are almost set in stone.

Western Regionals are May 30th – June 2nd

Mid-Western Regionals are June 20th – June 23rd

Eastern Regionals are June 27th – June 30th

Canadian Regionals are getting finalized right now. Soon to be updated here.

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation traveled down to Oak Ridge, TN to spend some time with our southern friends. I would like to thank everyone that made donations to B.A.A.R.K. It’s because of people like you that we are able to help those that need our support. Thank you!

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation traveled to the DockDogs Worlds Competition in Dubuque, Iowa in November to watch some high flying dogs compete.

Wanting to bring awareness to what the B.A.A.R.K. Foundation does for its DockDogs Duckiecommunity we held a fund raiser called Ducks for Bucks. People bought little duckies that we placed in the make believe stream where everything from ducks, frogs, turtles and fish were available for a donation. All donations went into the general fund.

At the awards banquet a presentation given by Tina McLaughlin, the Executive Director of B.A.A.R.K. the community was made aware of all the people we have helped during the 2012 season.

We have helped numerous people in the past, but this year alone we have helped a family when their dog was hit by a car and they did not have the funds to have pelvic surgery so he could walk again and make a little girl happy to have her best friend back.

A family started a business and their brand new kennel and training facility was burnt to the ground by an electrical fire. With the loss of her dog and a litter of pups this was just devastating!

A 4 month old pup who was born with a correctable heart defect, but her parents could not afford the heart surgery that would spare her life at a very young age. Without B.A.A.R.K.’s help to provide that lifesaving surgery little “Flower” would only live to be about 1 – 1 1/2 year old.

A fallen competitor whose family could not afford to put a headstone on his grave was given a farewell tribute by his DockDogs family. Clubs that he supported and clubs that never even knew him made contributions to make sure he would be remembered.

None of these people thought that they would need our support but were happy when we were there for them.

If it wasn’t for Cera and her never ending battle to Chase Away K9 Cancer we may never find a cure that takes one in three of our furry friends.  But when cancer strikes one of our beloved pets The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation will be there to help support you. If we work together there is strength in numbers and we can be there if help is needed.  Your support is what makes this happen.

These are some of the things the B.A.A.R.K. Foundation supported this year and it could not have been done without your support. I want to thank each and every one that has supported us. We have more support now than we ever before and it’s because of you.

Thank you and have a happy & safe holiday season!

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation will be attending the 2012 World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa on November 15-18, 2012.

There will be a “Ducks for Bucks” program where you can purchase a rubber duckie for a $5.00 donation. These duckies can be placed in our duck stream or you can take your purchase with you. You can also let them swim in the stream and collect them before Worlds comes to a close.

There is a large variety to choose from and you can place a tag around the ducks neck. It can be a Remembrance Tag of lost love ones or pets that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. It could be a Support Tag of anyone needing support at this time in their lives. What about a Good Luck Tag to support our competitors that are participating at Worlds. It can be whatever you want it to be so be creative and get ready to find a duckie that fits your special needs.

All proceeds will be going to the B.A.A.R.K. Foundations general fund. With your help and support we will be able to help our DockDogs family members when a tragedy or hard times come. Let’s all hope that we do not need to personally use The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation for assistance, but I hope you will find comfort knowing we are there in case you need us.

Please plan on setting a duckie free from the holding pen to swim in the stream with all his friends and help support a great cause.

Good luck to all the Worlds competitors, both human and canine!

Rubber Duckie you’re the one
You make DockDogs lots of fun
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

Rubber Duckie joy of joys
When I squeeze you, you make noise
Rubber Duckie you’re my very best friend it’s true
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby
Rub a dub dubby
Rubber Duckie you’re so fine and I’m lucky that you’re mine
Rubber Duckie I’d like a whole pond of you
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

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When DockDogs pulled into Maine for a friendly competition so did the Darling’s ice Cream truck. Nothing could be better than a DockDogs competition, hot weather and an ice cream truck that is handing out free ice cream. They handed out ice cream and there people could give a voluntary donation to The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.

The donations totaled up to $508.75 for their delicious ice cream and The B.A.A.R.K. Foundations general fund. Thank you everyone that helped support us!

A special thank you to Darling’s Chrysler Dodge of Augusta!

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The B.A..A.R.K. Foundation has just received their largest donation to date! The “Flower Fund” which was created for a dog that needed heart surgery has received a $1,200.00 donation to help pay for this very expensive surgery. Many members of the Delmarva DockDogs have donated to the “Flower Fund” to make sure this young pup got the best of care for this very delicate surgery. We have heard that Flower is well on the road to recovery and we hope she continues at a fast pace to get back up and running around like a young pup should. Good Luck Flower!

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With the Eastern Regionals behind us, I want to thank everyone that has donated or collected for The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.

We had a wonderful time at the Wisp Resort and the weather was fantastic during the day! We raised some additional funds at a spur of the moment auction at the Saturday night cookout. Thank you everyone who made this possible and for your generous donations!

The Eastern clubs for DockDogs have raised $2,801.00 and are in the lead to say they have raised the most money for the regional championship series. The Western clubs are right behind with $1,150.00. The central clubs are in 3rd with $65.00 and the Canadian clubs need to get started as their regionals are July 13th–15th.

We hope the other regionals have as much fun as we did and the fund raising continues.

All clubs can collect pledges, raise money or have fun jumps until October 15th for their donations to count towards the Jump-A-Thon.

Good Luck and have fun!

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The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation, Inc. is getting geared up for the DockDogs® Regional Championships!

B.A.A.R.K. will be holding a Jump-A-Thon at each DockDogs® Regional Championship where members of the DockDogs® community will be acquiring sponsorships to help promote The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation.

A friendly fundraising competition at each of the 4 Regional Championships will be a fun spirited challenge between the teams to see who will hold the crown for the most money collected in 2012. The sponsorship forms will be sent out to members by DockDogs® Club presidents. All Worldwide members can send an email to tina.mclaughlin@baarkfoundation.org and a form will be emailed to you.

All roads are leading to the DockDogs® World Championships at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa on November 15-18, 2012.

We will beginning our 2012 Jump-A-Thons with the Eastern Regional Championship on June 29th – July 1st at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD. Then we head north to the Canadian Regional Championship on Cornwall Island in Cornwall, Ontario on July 13th – 15th. We will be following up with the Central Regional Championship in Conway, Arkansas August 17th – 19th. Our final Jump-A-Thon will be held at the Western Regional Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada October 12th – 14th.

If you would like to sponsor a team you can do so by clicking on the tab above marked Jump-A-Thon; payments can be made online by credit card or PayPal.

You can also make a donation to The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation general fund to support our many needs to help the community.

We hope to see you at one of the DockDogs® Regional Championships on the competition dock as a DockDogs® competitor; or if you are a spectator we hope to hear you cheering on your favorite team while they are on the dock.

Thank you in advance, for your kind donation!