Get ready to take a bite out of cancer in Portland!

Get ready to Bark for Life in Portland this May! Event Chair Kim Hansen contacted me recently to let me know that they’re going to barking and walking to bite cancer’s bum on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The walk will kick off at Bug Light Park in South Portland.

Following in the pawprints of Bangor’s successful Bark For Life event last June, the South Portland event will unite dogs, owners, and the public to remember and honor the dogs and their people touched by cancer. At the tail-end of the walk will be a special lap for survivors — canine and human alike — and fun activities for human and pups alike including  Gayle Hickok of Pawsitive Results K-9 Rehabilitation, Bobby Silcott of the Maine POM Project and Judy Moore of Canine Behavior Counseling and demonstrations by Jill Simmons of Poetic Gold Farms.

The funds raised support local programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society plus educational initiatives and research in Maine, New England and beyond.

Registration is open to anyone and costs $20 per dog and owner team. For owners with more than one dog, registration is $40. Teams are strongly encouraged (and tons of fun, believe me!).

Learn more at their Facebook page (Bark For Life of Greater Portland) or visit the event’s webpage www.relayforlife.org/barkgreaterportlandme. Want to talk to a real person? Contact event chair, Kim Hansen, at (207) 318-5253 or by email at BarkforLifePortland@gmail.com. More information is also available through the American Cancer Society’s staffer Dawn Emery at (207) 691-1094.