For the 3rd consecutive year Rock Cats fans were able to bring their dog along to watch a game.
Kelli Wallace of Farmington came home from work and saw on her Facebook page that the “Bark in the Park” event at New Britain Stadium was on for Monday night she quickly decided that she and her beagle Dunkyn would have to attend. For the third consecutive year the Rock Cats have offered a chance for fans to bring their dogs out to a ballgame. The event was originally scheduled for June 28th but due to torrential rain the event was postponed until Monday evening.
Bo, a 2 year old shiba inu, was looking quite dapper as he sported a bow-tie for the annual “Bark in the Park” event as Brian Chaffkin, of Woodbridge, and Stephanie Smith, of Terryville, sit in the back of their car enjoying a beer before entering the park with Bo, Smith’s dog.
Dana Marzec holds onto Jackson as he starts to bark at the Rock Cats mascot walking through the stands Monday evening. Cooper, Jackson’s brother, seems to enjoy the view from under the bench as his owner Lana Dube shares in the laughter, all are from Southington.
It’s tough to be short but Turbo, a Pug, doesn’t seem to mind much as he stares up at his owner Chris St. Mary hoping that maybe he’ll drop a French fry or two, his patience was rewarded as St. Mary offered a couple fries shortly afterward.
Elizabeth Kane shows her boyfriend Ben Smith a photo she just took of him and his dog Arya, an Australian Cattle dog, as the doggie parade circled the field between games of the double-header. Smith and Kane are from Kensington.
(L to R) Briana Monsky walks Fawn, a guide dog in training, while Christopher Solberg walks Layla, a released guide dog, during the doggie parade portion of the event. Both Monsky and Solberg are from Naugatuck and are with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school.
Nella, a three year old Boston Terrier, watches the action as her owner Allen Nelson high-fives Emily Pettersen after the Rock Cats made a nice play in the field. Pettersen’s husband AJ was playing second base during the first game while she held onto their Cava-Bear, Willa.