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Akron Children's Doggie Brigade Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Canal Park Aug. 8

By ZZ-Jim Arnold Published: August 7, 2012
Jack and his handler, Lisa Connell.

They say every dog has his day. And what better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Akron Children's Doggie Brigade than with other dog lovers at Canal Park?

Join 49 of the Doggie Brigade members and their handlers at Canal Park for a celebration at the Akron Aeros Dog Days of Summer event Wednesday, Aug. 8, as the Portand Seadogs take on the Aeros at 7:05 p.m.

The Doggie Brigade teams will join all the dogs in the ballpark for a pregame parade around the field at about 6:30 p.m. Ken McCort, owner of Four Paws animal behavior services in Doylestown and a longtime instructor, screener and member of our Doggie Brigade, will throw out the first pitch.

Stop by the table in the concourse near Section 114 and learn more about the program. There will be information on how to join the Doggie Brigade and about the storied history of the program, which is the second oldest program in the country.

The brigade began with 8 dogs and has now grown to more than 80 dogs and a pony, Petie the Pony, the only pony in the country to visit patients bedside.

Prior to the game the handler teams will receive Frosty Paws ice cream for the dogs and cupcakes for the handlers on the ground level of Considine Professional Building adjacent to the ballpark.

Visit the Doggie Brigade section at the Akron Children's blog for more stories, photos and videos.

For ticket information for the baseball game, call the Akron Aeros at 330-253-5151 or visit For more information about the Doggie Brigade, call 330-543-8424.



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