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Bark-tastic Barktober Fun For Four-Legged Friends
Friends Doti as the spider and Bailey as the bat were ready to get their picture taken and show off their costumes at the recent fundraising Barktober event. - photo by Sarah Lawson

More than two dozen people met at Dorada Park in Oakdale on a recent afternoon, with their dogs dressed up in costume, joining in to make the group walk to Last Call Brewery. The festivities were part of a special Barktober event for local residents and their faithful four-legged companions.

Along with those that made the walk from the park, others chose to head straight to the brewery to meet the walking group and also brought their dressed up furry friends.

Everyone enjoyed looking at all the unique costumes while eating from the East Meats West food truck and could also enjoy the variety of craft brews available inside.

The walk was free but there was a donation jar set out as Barktober as hosted as a fundraiser for the new Oakdale dog park currently under construction. The jar slowly filled up as the evening progressed. Donations are still being accepted to go towards finishing the park next to the Oakdale Junior High School campus. For information about donating or becoming a sponsor for the park, contact the co-chairs for the project, Michelle Thomasser at 209-914-6166 or Jennifer Stasio at 408-444-1131.

Co-chair Michelle Thomasser and the rest of the Scooby Doo gang posed for a photo, including Scooby himself, played by her dog Carmel. - photo by Sarah Lawson
The gentle giant Brutus was dressed as a lion for the evening. Brutus was a fan favorite and got plenty of attention and pets, though he was also content just to snooze a little. - photo by Sarah Lawson
Co-chair Jennifer Stasio with her dog showing off their hot dog costume. - photo by Sarah Lawson