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Sunday, April 4, 2010

HSSC - Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

For a while it looked like the rain was going to squash the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, but at the last minute the rain stopped and opened up a beautiful sunny sky. A little chilly and a little windy, but that was not paid any notice once the hunt began.

We had a great turn out for the Humane Society of Scott County event and I was able to take a boatload of photographs. 10% of our sales will be donated to HSSC. If you click over to my Photo Gallery, you can view the entire photoshoot. Here are a few to give you a taste....

Chilli - Golden Labrador
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Coco Chanel - Yorkie
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Daisy - Golden Labrador - Check out her pink nails!
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Rocky - Shih Tzu
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Ruffles & Riley - Shih Tzus
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

SambaPaTi - Rottweiler
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Vada - German Shepherd Puppy
HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Thanks to Kim Kline Smith for her help by handling the on-site printing of the photographs.

Just a little while ago, Kim alerted me to the fact that QC Online did a write up of the event and that we were written about in it.

HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

Easter egg hunt goes to the dogs
Posted Online: April 03, 2010, 8:33 pm
By Anthony Watt,

There were treats to be had, and the treat hunters meant business.

"Go ahead and line up!" said Pam Arndt, executive director of the Humane Society of Scott County as she stood on a small step ladder among scores of dogs and more than 200 people Saturday afternoon at Davenport's Lindsay Park.

"Large dogs, small dogs," she said. With each category of canine she motioned with her hands in another direction.

"So the big ones won't trample the little ones," Ms. Arndt had explained a few minutes before.

At 1 p.m., she shouted, "Go!"

A wave of people and dogs rolled forward into the flat grassy field, looking for the egg-shaped dog biscuits that were the prize of the Humane Society's annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt.

There were big dogs and little dogs. There were shaggy ones and short-haired. They nosed forward through the fresh spring grass, gobbling the cookies they found.

Many of the human participants were dragged along behind their eager pets. Others managed to keep control, guiding their animals to the treats.

Encouragements filled the air.

"C'mon! Keep looking," one owner said. "Are you hunting?"

"Find the treats," said another.

Some people gathered armfuls of the treats so their pets could have them later, and there were plenty to go around.

Ms. Arndt said there were hundreds scattered through the grass.

"They are from Happy Dog Bakery," she said. "They made them especially for today."

The event began at 1 p.m. Within five or six minutes, there was not a treat to be seen in the grass.

Off in a corner, dog portraits were being taken. The animals were dressed up with bunny ears and pale yellow bandanas

The owners and photographer Renae Frankz tried valiantly to hold short canine attention spans long enough to get off a few good shots.

They called the dogs' names, made smooching noises, waved, snapped fingers and dangled treats.

They appeared mostly successful in getting doggy eyes and ears pointed in the right direction long enough to get a picture.

Kristin Harrington was out with Fritz, one of her adopted greyhounds. She has been to dog Easter egg hunts before, but Saturday was her first time at the Scott County Humane Society's event.

"Fun. Lots of fun," she said of the hunt. "Greyhounds are my thing, but I like seeing other breeds, too."

She and Fritz had gotten about ten cookies, though the lanky dog had not eaten any at the park.

"He never eats treats he gets while he's out," Ms. Harrington said.
"Saves 'em for later," Ms. Harrington said.

HSSC Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 2010

They even took a picture of me....I think that's the 1st time someone took a picture of me taking pictures of the dogs!

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