Bark For Life returns for second year in Arlington

Emerson Clark led her dog, Roman, at the first Arlington Bark For Life at the Haller Middle School field last year. - File photo.
Emerson Clark led her dog, Roman, at the first Arlington Bark For Life at the Haller Middle School field last year.
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ARLINGTON — The Haller Middle School Field will be bustling with pooches and their pals during the Arlington Bark For Life on Saturday, May 31.

For a fee of $10 per dog, participants can get a purple Bark For Life bandanna and help fund the Arlington Relay For Life, which supports the American Cancer Society.

Organizer Bryony White hopes to see 100 dogs and their families on the field in time for the 11 a.m. opening ceremony, and aims to exceed her fundraising goal of $1,000.

“By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives,” White said. “That helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Dr. Krystal Grant of the Arlington Veterinary Hospital will speak with pet owners, and attendees will be able to graze on hot dogs, french fries, stuffed baked potatoes and nachos at the concession stand.

“Last year was our first Bark For Life, and we planned everything in six weeks,” said White, who also promised the presence of the Arlington Fire Department, as well as games and activities for kids. “This year, we’re much-better organized, so things should run much-more smoothly. Even if you don’t have a dog, but you still want to come out and support a great cause, it’s just a great time for the whole family.”

This year’s Bark For Life will include grooming services by Alpentail, professional photos by Tracy Van Dyk, live music from the Lifeway Foursquare Church, and a demonstration by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon McCullar and his K-9, Lidar.

Arlington Fire Capt. Tom Cooper has even given White a certificate for a drawing to win a ride to school in a fire truck, with tickets selling for $2 each, of which half will go to the ACS. The other half will go to the Cascade Valley Hospital Disaster Relief Fund to support survivors of the Oso slide. If you can’t attend Bark For Life, you can still buy a ticket for the drawing by emailing White at

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., and the event wraps up by 2 p.m. To register, stop by the Arlington Veterinary Hospital at 7728 204th St. NE.

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