A tribute to man's best friend was held today in the first annual fundraiser called Bark-A-Rama at the U-T Tyler-Longview University Center on highway 259. Dog owners showed off all breeds and sizes. The fun event featured the talented, and not so talented pets. Some were pampered, and some were just curious as to what was going on, all enjoying the clever personalities of canines.
There was a waggingest tale contest, a look-alike contest, and a trick contest. The money raised from the event goes to the Humane Society to care for stray and abandoned animals.
"People and their pets could have fun day to come out and show off their pets and just do something that's kind of different," says Humane society director Roxanne Hutson.
Prizes were awarded, and trophies were won. For this group, it's safe to say they walked away pretty confident that man's best friend remains the same.
"We have a nice shelter here in Longview but dogs need more than shelter they need love, and this is a real good event for people to learn how much dogs can give back and how much fun they can be," says dog owner Jamie Sharp.
More than 300 people and 100 dogs took part in the event today.