Even though the weather report called for rain on and off, the clouds passed and it was a perfect evening for Bark in the Park Night hosted by the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013. What better way to enjoy a ball game than with your dog by your side.
The gates opened at 6 p.m. Attendees were already waiting outside with leashed dogs in tow. The dogs came in all shapes and sizes. Some were even dressed in their Somerset Patriots gear.
The event kicked off with a Pooch Parade scheduled at 6:30 p.m. The proud dog owners marched around the ball field led by Sparkee and Slider.
The dog owners settled into their seats with dogs nearby. Some were in their own seats and some were seated comfortably in the aisle.
Water was provided for the dogs in the concourse area, and frozen dog treats were sold along with soda and water in the stands.
Yappy Hour was scheduled at the third inning for dogs and their owners to purchase snacks and socialize at the Handlebar.
Vendors included local veterinarians, Camp Bow Wow, and a pet massage therapy service called Chasing Dreams who was also an event sponsor.
“We welcome the opportunity to host our Bark in the Park Nights for a fifth season,” said Patrick McVerry, President and General Manager of the Somerset Patriots. “It has become a great event and tradition at TD Bank Ballpark that allows our fans to enjoy a night of Patriots baseball and have fun with their entire family, dogs included.”
This is definitely a fun night out for dogs and their owners. Even if one came without a dog, it was fun to see all the different breeds and watch them interact. Fans were asked only to bring well behaved and friendly dogs, and well behaved they were. Bark in the Park Night was a home run for me.
Visit the Somerset Patriots website for further information about TD Bank Ballpark and the team schedule of games and events.
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