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Westchester Dog Will Be Grand Marshall At Event To Fight Cancer

Grand Marshall, “Abbie,” a Golden Retriever from Somers.
Grand Marshall, “Abbie,” a Golden Retriever from Somers. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Abbie, a golden retriever therapy dog and cancer survivor from Somers, will serve as Grand Marshall for Bark for Life of Westchester on April 10.

“Each year we elect a special dog to be our Grand Marshall and lead our walking event,” said Janis Castaldi of the American Cancer Society. “We are so proud that Abbie Einstein will fulfill that role in 2016."

Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs, owners and animal lovers to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. It will take place at the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown.

A party will place at Modern Restaurant and Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. Abbie will attend and perform agility exercises and an obedience demonstration with owner Mike Jones.

Abbie contracted squamous cell carcinoma and recovered following successful surgery and care. She has gone on to win rally, obedience and agility titles, but reportedly enjoys her work as a therapy dog for nursing homes, hospitals and autism halfway homes the most.

She currently is part of Kent Library's Reading to Rover program, visits the home of a patient with Alzheimer's in Mahopac and one of three therapy dogs that visit patients undergoing dialysis in Yorktown.

Click here for more information on Bark for Life of Westchester .

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