Monday, August 2, 2010

West Michigan Whitecaps Host Ferris State University Dog Day And Gets Rave Reviews

Oh, the dog days of the summer can be rough, but not for some dogs who got a little VIP treatment at a West Michigan Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Park in Comstock Park over the weekend, courtesy of Ferris State University.

Indeed, it was Dog Day at the park, according to a Grand Rapids Press article:
It was anything but a dog day afternoon for the West Michigan Whitecaps' offense.

On a day when a dog from Lima, Ohio, managed everything from retrieving bats from the batter's box to making water runs to the umpires, the Whitecaps find themselves thinking playoffs after Sunday's 10-7 win against the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The win, coming on the Whitecaps' popular Ferris State University Dog Day, was the team's fifth in a row, the longest since a five-game streak May 20-24, 2008.
So, it was a good day all around for the Whitecaps, Ferris and some dogs.
While the Whitecaps' offense was heating up, more than 200 dogs got cooled off and aided an annual fundraiser. Dog Day at the Ballpark was preceded by a dog wash in Fifth Third's parking lot, which raised more than $2,000 for Gilda's Club.

Organizers estimated there were more than 50 dog breeds at the ballpark, coming from as far as Traverse City. Volunteers at 16 locations spread out near the ballpark's entrance to wash dogs in return for a minimum $5 donation.
Nothing beats the dog days of summer like a day at the park.

For the full Grand Rapids Press article, visit the newspapers Web edition, here.

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