Pooches compete in races, costume contests to combat hunger
ROUND LAKE BEACH – The Round Lake Beach Petland parking lot transformed into a haven for dog owners as the fifth annual Dachshund Derby kicked off June 24. Visitors needed to be weary of their footsteps while walking through the crowds, as not to step on one of the many pint-sized pooches that covered the lot. Dogs donned in extravagant outfits trotted alongside their human companions and visited carnival games, grooming tables, face painting stations, and food and business vendors as music played and Clifford the Big Red Dog juggled at children’s delight.
Petland sponsored the events to raise money for the Avon Township Food Pantry. The love and enthusiasm for both the dogs and the cause were apparent throughout the event.
Despite the heat on the sunny afternoon, the dogs walked around in Chicago Bears gear, pearl necklaces and even hooded dragon outfits in hopes of winning the costume competition.
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