Have you ever been in the midst of conversation with someone and lyrics from a song burst into your head? Something they said prompted a familiar line from a song? It happens to me all the time. I call it music ADD.

My dad does the same thing with lines from Seinfeld episodes. (“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”)

At the SPCA, we sometimes take it a step further and change the lyrics of songs to accommodate whatever pet-related topic we are talking about. This often quickly turns into mini commercials or YouTube videos in our imaginations. Thankfully, our imaginations are safe from copyright infringement.

Some of the SPCA’s greatest hits include these fabulous tunes inspired by yesterday’s and today’s chart toppers:

• “If You Like it Then You Shoulda Put a Chip in It” where we literally sing the praises of microchipping to the tune of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”;

• “Spay with Me,” a song our vet tech Kate Koelker probably sings in her sleep to the tune of Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me,” and

• “Pets,” a song by a ’90s alternative band. We don’t know all of the words to this one, but the chorus bears repeating (and does). “We’ll MAKE great pets. We’ll make great PETS. We’ll MAKE great pets. We’ll make great PE-ETS.”

Lately, the songs I’ve been singing/rapping in my head are Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and Run DMC and Aerosmith’s “Walk this Way”. That’s because the SPCA is gearing up again for Barkaritaville and the Twilight Walk for Animals.

This festival will be held a little later this year in hopes that we can avoid another torrential downpour, although the fact that it was raining cats and dogs (couldn’t resist) was not a deterrent for party animals at last year’s event. It was a wet and wild time, with fun for everyone.

This year, Barkaritaville and the Twilight Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6 until 10 p.m. You can register for these events and buy tickets online at www.LetLoveLive.org or call the SPCA at 803-648-6863 and ask to speak to Chrissey Miller.

This is an event full of music, food and fun that everyone can enjoy with the proceeds benefiting the SPCA and the animals we serve.

Kids age 6-18 can compete during the day in Artwork Al Fresco on the patio of the Marr Education Center. Registration for this sidewalk chalk competition is $10 for a 4-foot by 4-foot square. Space is limited so sign up soon!

The evening portion of the event will begin at 6 p.m. in Barkaritaville with Barclay Bishop and Jay Jeffries of WAGT NBC 26 and music from Lo Down Brown on the big stage.

The Twilight Walk will begin precisely at sunset, 6:51 p.m. Walkers can register as individuals or as a team, gather sponsors in support of the SPCA and then walk the twilit trail with or without four-legged friends.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, but the individual that raises the most money will receive a $500 Visa gift card, compliments of a generous SPCA sponsor who definitely knows how to motivate the masses!

Walkers, like the SPCA Albrecht Center on Facebook as we will periodically be giving away prizes to reward your hard work throughout the next few months.

Exercise not your thing? Show off your culinary, bartending and decorative skills in Bark-a-rita-ville. Participants can decorate a booth, serve up a dish, and schlep samples of adult beverages, then reap the rewards (and prizes!) for Best Booth, Best Theme, Best Food and Best Drink!

Best of all, the judges are the taste-testers that come out to enjoy the food and festivities. There is another $500 Visa gift card for the Best Booth, so get those ideas cooking!

Bark-a-rita-ville contestants (two from each booth) and all registered Twilight Walkers who have raised $25 or more get free entry to the event. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Although the event is open to everyone, a valid ID must be shown for guests 21 years of age or older if they plan on partaking in Barkaritaville beverages.

If this party won’t put a song in your head and a spring in your step, I don’t know what will. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there, “waggin’ away again in Barkaritaville ...”

For information on the services the SPCA provides which are funded by events like Barkaritaville and the Twilight Walk for Animals, visit us at www.LetLoveLive.org or stop by 199 Willow Run Road.

A graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, Chrissey Miller has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator. She is thrilled to be able to mesh her creative passion and sales experience together now as Development Director, in charge of programming, fundraising, events, marketing and grant-writing. Chrissey and her husband David live in Aiken with their children Blair and Gracey, and their adopted dog, Zipper and Django.