published Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Who let the dogs out?

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    Shilo struts his stuff during a previous year’s American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life Day fashion show.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


* What: Bark for Life Day at Chattanooga Market.

* When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

* Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

* Admission: Free.

* Phone: 402-9957.

* Website:


* 12:30 p.m. Olta

* 2 p.m. Dana Rogers

There is no report on how embarrassed the dogs are to be seen in ribbons, bows, tutus and whatnot, but they'll be back in all their finery Sunday for Chattanooga Market.

It's the American Cancer Society's annual Bark for Life Day at First Tennessee Pavilion, the only day when patrons can bring their canine friends to the open-air market.

The day will feature activities and contests, including a dog walk, doggie fashion show and game of musical dogs (think: musical chairs).

Last year, according to Christy Johnson of the local American Cancer Society, nearly $10,000 was raised for the organization's services in Hamilton County.

"That's phenomenal for a couple of hours for people and their dogs," she said.

The top 12 fundraisers for the event will appear in the local organization's Bark for Life calendar. The top fundraiser gets the cover. To solicit funds, dogs, in lieu of their owners, often "write" to potential donors.

The dog-friendly event also hosts groomers, trainers, veterinarians, dog biscuit peddlers and other vendors associated with dogs.

Johnson said last year's doggie fashion show showcased everything from a Dachshund in a pink skirt to a Great Dane in a tutu to a "big white dog" with manicured nails and bows.

One dog received seven outfit changes, she said. "I love my dogs," she said, "but goodness!"

The 1 p.m. doggie walk, which skirts the Finley Stadium complex, has registration at 11 a.m. and opening ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Participants receive a T-shirt and a banda

na for their canine friend.

Advance registration ( is $20 per dog/human team and includes a bandanna/T-shirt. The fee is $25 the day of the event.

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about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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