Purina, Gateway Arch National Park, National Park Service hosting dog photo contest for BARK Ranger in St. Louis

Photo by Dominique Genetti


A dog enters the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

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A photo contest organized by the National Park Service could make your adorable pooch a promotional spokesperson.

Dog owners can submit photos of their dog to Gateway Arch State Park in St. Louis through Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day, for a chance to win the opportunity to be the BARK Ranger. Voting will take place from May 9 to May 29, it is sponsored by St. Louis-based Purina.

The contest winner receives a gift basket that includes donations from Purina, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the National Park Service. The winner becomes the official “BARK Superintendent” and the inspiration for the next BARK Ranger logo design. The new BARK Superintendent will be featured on the Gateway Arch Park Foundation social media and invited to attend occasional BARK Ranger events throughout the year at the park, if available.

In case you were wondering, BARK stands for:


  • Bag your pet’s waste.
  • AAlways keep your pet on a leash.
  • Rrespect wildlife.
  • Know where you can go.

The program also encourages dogs and their humans to get outside and enjoy not just Gateway Arch National Park, but every national park in the country.

To enter the contest, take a photo of your dog with the arch or Old Courthouse and send the photo to [email protected] through May 8. Voting will take place on Facebook.

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