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Dogs hunt for Easter treats in Palatine

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  • Video: Palatine hosts dog egg hunt

  • Roberta Russ of Palatine and Rex, 9, on right, pose for photos as Prince, 9, wears rabbit ears and Avery, 6, owned by Terry Meinke of Palatine, is petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

       Roberta Russ of Palatine and Rex, 9, on right, pose for photos as Prince, 9, wears rabbit ears and Avery, 6, owned by Terry Meinke of Palatine, is petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Angelica Dinzburg of Glenview picks up plastic eggs filled with dog treats with her dog, Cookie, a 3-year-old Yorkie at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

       Angelica Dinzburg of Glenview picks up plastic eggs filled with dog treats with her dog, Cookie, a 3-year-old Yorkie at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Eight month-old Max, a mix breed, leaps back into the arms of his owner, Hollie Muir, of Rolling Meadows, after getting petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

       Eight month-old Max, a mix breed, leaps back into the arms of his owner, Hollie Muir, of Rolling Meadows, after getting petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District's annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

Easter can be fun for even the furriest family members.

More than 100 dogs and their owners posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny, searched for colorful eggs filled with dog treats and took turns on a small agility course as part of the annual Hound Egg Hunt sponsored by the park district in downtown Palatine on Saturday morning.

"We come out every year," said Terry Meinke, of Palatine, who was with her three Shetland sheepdogs -- Avery, Rex and Prince.

Saturday morning's festivities were a break for the dogs, who are often busy working as therapy dogs around the suburbs.

"And they love the treats," Meinke said.

The event had been moved from last weekend due to weather, but Joan Scovic, marketing coordinator for the Palatine Park District, said they still had a great turnout.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds enjoyed sniffing eggs, and each other, at the annual event while owners helped collect treats and take pictures of their exited pups.

For Marianne Winsor's Newfoundland, Trevor, Saturday was a good chance to socialize and meet other dogs.

At 15 months, but 110 pounds, Trevor was one of the largest dogs on the hunt, though still technically a puppy. Winsor said she wanted him to experience something new.

"This was a great place to bring him," she said.

Owners could also explore booths from vendors, including local dog food stores, doggy day care centers and animal hospitals.

"I guess it's a little more for the people than the dogs. We all love our pets," said Michelle Baumgartner, of Palatine, who brought her golden retriever, Annie. "She doesn't quite know what to do with the eggs, but she likes the hunt."

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