Bark in the Park teaches pet safety and promotes Rockford-area businesses

Sponsored by Illinois State Representative Dave Vella, the event included training demonstrations, pet safety tips and dog-related goods from local vendors.
Published: Aug. 6, 2022 at 10:36 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Saturday was for the dogs as Rockford joined in on the fun with a bark in park free community gathering of local canine organizations.

Sponsored by Illinois State Representative Dave Vella, the event had training demonstrations, pet safety tips and dog related goods from local vendors.

People were encouraged to bring their own pups to get in on the action.

Vella says he held the event as a way to get people outside during the summer and post COVID, but also to showcase local small businesses.

“As I knock on doors and talk to people during my campaigning but also during my regular season, I meet with a lot of dogs and I realized this is a dog town and I wanted to make sure people knew about the local businesses that service our dogs,” Vella said.

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