Great Bend’s annual Party in the Park offered a full day of fun in the sun and shade. With a variety of attractions and contests, there was something for everyone in the family — including the family dog.
There was even something for people who didn’t have a family dog, but wanted one.
The dog park, located in the northeast corner of Vets Park, is already a favorite place to bring Poochie for a play date. For Party in the Park, there were wading pools set up for the dogs.
The Golden Belt Humane Society brought several animals for the monthly Adopt-A-Pet. GBHS Director Heather Acheson introduced each animal as it arrived.
“This is Cooper ... this is Joey,” she said, and told prospective families a little about each animal; one loves water, one would be really good with kids.
All of the dogs had been selected because they play well with others – which is important for dogs that use the park. Some dogs, like Ringo, get extra help from volunteers, Acheson explained.
“Ringo is very shy and timid,” she said. “He’s in foster care to help with his socialization and leash training.”
Other homeless dogs receive training from inmates at the Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility. The Best Chance Dog Program was started by Bobbie King in 1999, and more than 200 dogs have been trained and prepared for their future homes. On Saturday, inmates and supervisors arrived with several more dogs. Some are ready for adoption, and others are still in training.