Community celebrates Ranger’s first birthday

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BETTE SHARPE, Glendale Daily Planet

Photo by Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet
Kassidy Balance greets Ranger at his first birthday party June 21 at Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center.

Glendale Parks and Recreation Division celebrated the first birthday of its mascot, Ranger, with photo ops, cake and refreshments. Guests made supply donations to the Empty Bowl Pet Pantry organization. Refreshments were provided by Chik-fil-A Thunderbird and Papa Ed’s Ice Cream.
The city’s community outreach dog program launched November 2017, using Ranger, a chocolate lab, as a four-legged outreach ambassador to achieve an overall mission to increase engagement with the public. Research has shown that dogs are equalizers, serving as a bridge for communication or an icebreaker in social situations. Over the past several months, Ranger has attended city and community events, visited schools, patrolled parks and served as a stress reliever for the city’s wellness program. The Ranger K9 program is fully funded by sponsorships and donations from the community.

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