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Doggie Brigade to celebrate 20th anniversary at the Dog Days of Summer game at Canal Park Aug. 8

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

Join 49 of our 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.

Our 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 our table in the concourse near Section 114 and learn more about our program. We’ll have 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, we’ll spoil our handler teams with Frosty Paws ice cream for our dogs and cupcakes for our handlers on the ground level of Considine Professional Building adjacent to the ballpark. We’ll gather for a group picture and then head over to the ballpark for the festivities.

While this event is over, please enjoy these images.