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Hit the Morton Arboretum trails with your four-legged friend

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  • Dogs and their owners can explore 16 miles of natural landscapes Saturday at the Morton Arboretum's Tails on Trails event.

      Dogs and their owners can explore 16 miles of natural landscapes Saturday at the Morton Arboretum's Tails on Trails event.
    Courtesy of Morton Arboretum

By Patti MacMillan
The Morton Arboretum

Dog owners and their four-legged friends are invited to to roam 16 miles of woods, prairies and other natural landscapes during the Morton Arboretum's Tails on the Trails event Saturday, May 24, at the arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle.

The arboretum is open to dogs from 7 a.m. to sunset. The day also will include several dog-friendly activities and offerings by Meadow Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Activities include:

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• Canine demonstrations from the German Shepherd Dog Training Club, VIP Service Dog Foundation, the Belly Rub Club and the Newfoundland Therapy Dogs.

• Representatives from Adopt A Husky, Inc. and Adopt An English Bulldog Rescue, Inc. will offer attendees the chance to Smooch a Pooch for a $1 donation

• Products and services for sale such as dog clothing, home pet care, pet photography and bakery treats for dogs.

"Last year was the first year for Tails on the Trails and we got a great response," said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. "Many people look at their dogs as more than just pets, so we truly welcome the opportunity to host an event where everyone in the family can come out and enjoy a spring day at the arboretum."

The cost is $5 per dog and regular admission fees for owners. Each dog will receive an arboretum bandanna with paid admission. A portion of the proceeds will go to local animal shelters.

Dogs must be current with vaccinations, be social with other animals, and on a leash at all times while on the arboretum property. Dogs will not be allowed inside buildings, the Children's Garden, or the Maze Garden.

A second Tails on the Trails event will take place Sept. 13.

For more information, contact

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