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Dogs get a night of their own at Comerica Park

The Detroit News

Detroit — Isn’t it too early to be in the dog days of summer?

Just one day into the season, the Tigers found themselves in just that spot Tuesday.

That’s what happens when you hold “Bark at the Park” during a Tigers game.

And, make no mistake, Comerica Park was for the dogs Tuesday.

Hundreds of fans brought their favorite Fidos to the ballpark for the inaugural event.

“There’s a lot of dogs here,” marveled Jacob Mitchell of Northville.

The dogs, who didn’t seem very interested in the game, were treated better than the two-legged fans.

They received treats, spray-painted stencils, played in small plastic tubs of water and posed for photos.

Fans said they loved the chance to combine two of their favorite things — baseball and their pets.

Art Mikkola of Farmington Hills has season tickets with four people so he often has to leave his German shorthaired pointer home.

Not Tuesday.

Their pooch, Sidney of Sidnaw (an Upper Peninsula town where Mikkola has family), sniffed other hounds and was sniffed by them.

“This is great,” said Mikkola.

“Amazing,” added his wife, Pam.

The dogs comprised every conceivable type, size and stripe.

When it came to playing in the water tubs, bigger was definitely better.

Mitchell’s German shepherd, Kato, dominated one of the baths and woe to the Chihauhua that tried to move him. “This is a change of pace for the ballpark,” he said.

“Bark at the Park” at Comerica field drew hundreds of fans and their canine pals, including Maizey, a Corgi, of Royal Oak, and Sidney, a German shorthaired pointer, of Farmington Hills.

Most of the activities, including the doggie bathroom, were along a mezzanine behind the right field seats.

If fans wanted to watch the game, they could bring their dogs to their seats in the right field grandstands.

And the activities didn’t end with the last pitch. After the game, fans and their pets could run around the bases.

That is, if the dogs were still around.

Some owners weren’t sure their pooches would last that long.

“Whether she’ll make nine innings we’ll find out,” said Mikkola.