Overheard at Bark to the Park: Is that dog really pink? (+video)

dhinshaw@thestate.comApril 5, 2014 

— Dog groomer Nicole Smith went to Columbia’s Finlay Park on Saturday – along with hundreds of other dogs and dog lovers – to support Pawmetto Lifeline.

She and an employee were scoping out all the different breeds.

They even saw a Newfoundland and a Saint Bernard, each of which Smith said are “not a real common dog to have down South” because of their heavy coats.

There were dogs with ribbons and bows, dogs with their fur dyed pink and regular dogs wearing nothing at all.

The sixth annual Bark to the Park attracted close to 2,000 walkers and at least 500 dogs – “the most ever,” said CEO Denise Wilkinson.

And it raised in excess of $135,000 for the Midlands’ two-county animal shelter on a busy, sunny Saturday in spring.

Smith and her dog, Winter, were attracting a lot of attention. The standard poodle’s top knot and poms were dyed bright pink and pink stickers on her nails.

Smith said she does her dog’s hair every five to six weeks.

She also has three shelter dogs at home, plus a Chihuahua she adopted after its owner, a client, died.

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