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White House Fruit Farm honors beloved dog's life with pet charity event

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This is how visitors to White House Fruit Farms remember Bonnie This is how visitors to White House Fruit Farms remember Bonnie
CANFIELD, Ohio -

Bonnie the border collie is an iconic name at White House Fruit Farm.

For the past decade, the furry greeter welcomed visitors with anything she could find – sticks, tennis balls and even pine cones – hoping for a game of fetch. And if you didn't pay attention to the farm's mascot, she'd make sure you noticed her – placing her toy of choice on your grocery cart and even following you out to the parking lot.

However, this past Valentine's Day, Bonnie passed away and thousands in the Valley joined the Pifer family in mourning her passing. To honor her memory, an event was held Saturday to help other animals and pet charities in the area.

From noon until 3 pm, more than 10 different agencies were at the farm, including local K-9 units, animal shelters, animal rescues and therapy organizations. All proceeds from the event, including a list of donations, benefit “Friends of Fido” – a support group which works with area shelters.

The event has been going on for years, but organizers hope the memory of Bonnie will help give more back to the animal agencies.

Events coordinator Kim Sisco says they've already received an outpouring of support over Bonnie's death. She says the farm is, “so touched by the notes and correspondence from all across the U.S.”

New to this year's event, White House Fruit farms paid part of the feeds for the first three animal adoptions – a tribute to Bonnie.

Food vendors, K-9 demonstrations, Woodee the clown, local animal agencies, and adoptable pets were also on site for party-goers to enjoy.

Those who couldn't make it the event are encouraged to donate to local shelters of their choice.

Although Bonnie's birthday party is an annual event, it's uncertain if it will continue since the farm hasn't found another dog to follow in Bonnie's paw-steps.

However, White House Fruit Farm staff has not indicated this will be the last party either.

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