Bark in the Park brings dogs, their owners out to play at the Mercato

Bailey, a 2-year-old Wheaton Terrier, center, gets to know Bentley, a 10-year-old Standard Poodle during Bark in the Park at the Mercato on Saturday in North Naples. All proceeds benefit The Humane Society Naples no-kill shelter and adoption center. Contests included best costume, best voice, best pet and owner look-alike, smallest and largest and best trick or talent. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Bailey, a 2-year-old Wheaton Terrier, center, gets to know Bentley, a 10-year-old Standard Poodle during Bark in the Park at the Mercato on Saturday in North Naples. All proceeds benefit The Humane Society Naples no-kill shelter and adoption center. Contests included best costume, best voice, best pet and owner look-alike, smallest and largest and best trick or talent. Lexey Swall/Staff

Tails wag at Bark in the Park

Crowd celebrates canines at Mercato

— Well-behaved pooches (and their owners) pranced, paraded and promenaded at the Mercato Saturday.

The seventh annual Bark in the Park event moved to a new home - the green space across from AZN Restaurant - and enjoyed a sunny, well-attended turnout.

The tail-waggin’ celebration of pets and pet ownership was filled with fun and delightful activities, including dog training demonstrations by SW Florida Professional Dog Trainers Alliance and pet adoptions. There were also contests for Best Costume, Best Voice, Best Pet and Owner Look-Alike, Smallest/Largest and Best Trick/Talent.

All proceeds will benefit The Humane Society Naples no-kill shelter and adoption center.

For more information on Bark in the Park or Humane Society Naples, contact Ali O'Connor at events@hsnaples.org or call 239-643-1880 x18.

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