"We're here to bark back. We want to fight cancer," said Bark for Life chair Rebecca Ivey.
And barking against cancer is exactly what they were doing. Camp Barkeley was filled with canine cancer survivors and caregivers. To give back to man's best friend in a way Relay for Life events never could.
"One major aspect of cancer patient's lives was missed in that," Ivey explained. "And that is the caregivers that are canine. So, we're out here just to get together, bring these puppies together and acknowledge what they do for us."
"I think pets have an unknown sense of understanding just to be there for you," said Megan Clifton.
But for one cancer survivor, Saturday was about honoring her dog, Maggie, who is a big reason to why she survived her second battle against cancer.
"I was on bed rest for about three weeks, and she never left my side. She stayed in bed with me all day," Clifton said.
She is a two-time cancer survivor. Though Maggie was only with her the second time, Megan tells me that having her little best friend fighting alongside her made it easier.
"It's so nice to have her, and it's so comforting. She just knew when I was sick and knew how to take care of me in a way that people couldn't,"Clifton said.
Their battle together created a strong bond, proving that Maggie is more than just a pet.
"She is my best friend," Clifton explained. "And I know that might sound crazy to some people, but i do love her. She's great, and we have a very special bond."
And those best friends are proving that barking back really can help eliminate cancer.