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Baseball and dogs at Harry & David Field

What is more American than baseball and dogs?

The Medford Rogues will play the Klamath Falls Gems at Harry & David Field Friday, Aug. 3, and spectators are encouraged to bring their pooch.

It’s the third Bark in the Park, which helps the Southern Oregon Humane Society.

“It’s grown every year,” says Medford Rogues COO David May. “We had 78 dogs last year, and we are shooting for more than 100 this year.”

Here’s how it works. Dog owners register their pet at the park for $5. Spectators can go online and buy a ticket at www.medfordrogues.com. Owners have to register their dog at the park and pay for it there, because they have some waivers to sign, but May recommends they buy their own tickets beforehand.

The $5 goes to SO Humane.

Cool pools will be set up for dogs to rest their feet, and five or six vendors will have giveaways and offer ideas for dog owners.

“It’s really fun and exciting to bring the dogs to the ballpark,” says Karen Evans, executive director of SO Humane. “This year we have the Grange Co-Op bringing treats for pets.”

Besides the pools, there will be booths about dog safety and adoption, so there is an educational component, as well. “It’s about raising awareness,” says Evans.

“We see dogs of all shapes and sizes, and it’s so much fun,” she says. “We’ve got a dog-loving population.”

The game begins at 6:35 p.m., and the gates open at 5:30. It’s recommended that dog owners arrive early and get their dog adjusted. Harry & David Field is at 2929 S. Pacific Highway.

More advice for dog owners who want to participate:

Your dog should be non-aggressive

Make sure to keep your dog hydrated

Make sure the parking lot isn’t too hot for pet paws, recommends Evans. Perhaps drop off a friend with the dog and then park and walk in.

Participants can bring their dog to the benches, but May recommends the grass berm and a blanket.

Don’t overexert your dog, or yourself, cautions Evans.

There will be giveaways, but you may want to bring your dog’s special treats.

There will be a free photo booth so you and your pooch can get a picture of your big day out.

Jefferson Reeder is a freelance writer living in Medford. Reach him at jeffersonreeder@hotmail.com.

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