Dogs and their people took over Memorial Park in Scarborough on Saturday with the community’s first Dog Days of Scarborough event. From service dogs being trained to help veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms to beloved family pets to dogs up for adoption, there was something for everyone.

Proceeds from Dog Days will go toward the purchase of a new reader board at the police station, which is used to advertise community events, among other public safety messages. In addition, any leftover funds will be used to help those in need pay for the specialized training required of service dogs, according to organizer Mindy Dearborn, who said the overall goal of the event was “to celebrate people who are pet owners.”

Harrison Thompson and Pipper, owned by Linda Gervais, were instant buddies when they met at Dog Days of Scarborough on Saturday.Junior is no stranger to getting his picture taken as he has had his story shared in the media a few times already. He is a testament to the will and unconditional love that dogs have for anyone after overcoming unbelievable odds after his stroke. Junior also went down, with his owners, the Pendergasts, to help bring joy and love to the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary school after the tragedy. Carter is part the One Warrior Won program that connects veterans who suffer with PTSD with service dogs. It is their mission to assure no warrior is left behind. He will be given to a veteran during a ceremony held at Fort Bragg once his training has been completed. Crystal Cushman cheers on her dog Ella, a 1-½-year-old lab mix, who is loving the obstacle course at Dog Days of Scarborough.Dusty couldn’t help but to show off his tricks and adorable outfit for everyone on Saturday at Dog Days of Scarborough with owners Jim and Rachel Price.

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