Trick-or-treat with your dog downtown

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By Kirsten Rintelmann
The Williamston Post

The fifth annual Trick-or-Treat with Your Dog will take place in downtown Williamston on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2-4 p.m.

It is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization For Better Independence Assistance Dogs, which trains facility and assistance dogs. According to Gary Spanski of FBI Dogs, dogs and their owners will have the opportunity to go store-to-store and get a treat— just like children go house-to-house on Halloween. A map locating all participating stores will be handed out. Some stores will have their own employees’ hand out goodies and others will have bowls of treats set out.

Spanski said additional events will take place at McCormick Park from 2-5 p.m. Some
include raffles, games, bobbing for hot dogs/tennis balls and an agility course. There will also be contests such as best costume, dog/owner who drove the farthest, best trick and largest dog. Judging will begin at 4:30 p.m and prizes will be donated by Joey’s Pet Outfitters and Caraway Kennels.

Last year, 35-50 dogs, some belonging to the same household, participated in the event, according to Spanski. Approximately $700 was raised for FBI Dogs. Spanski would like to see more participants this year.

Because of her busy schedule, Williamston resident Sheri Munce is unsure if she will be able to attend with her rescued Bernese mountain dog, Cami.

“I would probably go to socialize Cami, just because she needs it,” Munce said, “but I’m sure I have something going on that day. But I think it could go over well. Here, about every third house has a dog.”

Suzanne Tuttila, also a Williamston resident, would go, but owning more than five dogs it would be too expensive.

“If it wasn’t $8 per dog I would attend,” said Tuttila. “but I can’t spend $56 to walk my dogs through town.”

Pre-register by Oct. 16, and the cost is $8 per dog; afterward, including the day of the event, it is $10 per dog. All dogs must be leashed, people and dog friendly and have up-to-date on shots, according to Spanski.

While the event raises money for FBI dogs, Trick-or-Treat with Your Dog also provides an opportunity for owners to just have fun and socialize with their canines.

“You get to participate with one of your best friends, which is your dog,” said Spanski.

For a registration form email: info@fbidog.org.

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