From parades to tree lightings, dozens of events all over the panhandle have been helping to get people into the holiday spirit. Sunday, it was the dogs' turn!
Alaqua Animal Refuge sponsored its annual “Bone-anza” holiday party. This year, it was held at the newly re-opened bark park in Walton County since Alaqua recently acquired it.
Live music, food, holiday gift vendors, agility training and many more activities entertained dozens of dogs and their owners Sunday. The cost was five dollars and the proceeds will go towards making future plans for the park a reality.
"Big plans for the park for the future. We plan on having a water feature, a little doggy chapel, nature trails. We have agility course down here and areas already for small and large dogs, permanent bathrooms, and a little doggy cafe with Wi-Fi. Just really want to turn this to a really nice community space," said Founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge, Laurie Hood.
The Bark Park is off Highway 98 on JD Miller Road, just west of Highway 331. There's an unleashed area for big dogs, one for small dogs and an agility training area.