DuBois: "Team Liberty" will be at Tractor Supply on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM for their "PAW" (Pet Appreciation Week) event. The last of their purple "Team Liberty Strong" T-shirts will be on sale for $10.00 in limited sizes for kids and adults (after which time this particular design will be discontinued). Reflective collars and leashes will be on sale for $5.00 and $6.00 respectively. Dog treat mixes in a jar, with cookie cutters, will be available for $5.00 while many other items will be available for just $1.00. There will be a few demonstrations as well, including a hide-and-seek of sorts where a volunteer will be called upon to hide while a team member K9 seeks and finds them.
Liberty, the namesake of the team, is a three-year-old, female Bloodhound owned by Russell Gray. Bloodhounds are a large scent hound, originally bred for hunting, but found to be useful in tracking people, a utilization known to date back hundreds of years. She is locally famous for finding the remains of (then missing) Tia Dobson of Punxsutawney in February. She (Liberty) was soon thereafter diagnosed with bone cancer (March) in her left hind leg, but the chemotherapy sessions at Metzger Animal Hospital haven't slowed her abilities. The shirts, etc. are being sold to help fund medical bills related to the cancer. In the event you're unable to attend, but still wish to support the cause, you can send your donations to her care facility, the aforementioned Metzger Animal Hospital at 1044 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801.
K9 Team Liberty Search and Recovery is a local dog team that searches for lost and missing people free of charge. The group has several K9s as well as therapy dogs. The team is instrumental in helping with cancer and suicide prevention and helping other organizations with their "Hug A Tree" program. To learn even more about them, visit their Facebook page. Pictured below are just some of the items we've told you about that will be for sale at the event.
Team Liberty, among other invited guests, was asked to be honored in this way and show off their skills by Chad Gray, Tractor Supply Assistant Manager. Saturday's event, the highlight of PAW, celebrates community partners and rescues who care for animals year round. In this case, it celebrates a team that cares for people in time of crisis. The week (September 14-18) also features great deals on pet products, information on proper pet care and nutrition, and more. Attendees can also score free samples, have a chance to win $200 worth of prizes and giveaways, etc.
DuBoisLIVE.com encourages your attendance as a good way to support their continued work, simultaneously support a great local business, and, best of all, meet the dogs!