The dogs had their day during the Frontier Days pet parade Sunday at Arlington Heights' Recreation Park.
More than 50 pets, mostly dogs but also a cat and a guinea pig, participated in the event sponsored by Animal Feeds and Needs. Pets competed in five categories: best costume, best trick, cutest pet, most unusual and looks most like its owner.
"I love it. It's amazing how everyone brings out their little pets," said parade organizer Carmella Lowth. "Everyone wants to win a prize."
Some of the winners included a golden retriever named Jessie, owned by Sam McCann of Arlington Heights, for the cutest pet; Hairy Pawter, a Yorkshire terrier dressed in a firefighter's outfit with a toy fire engine, for best dressed; and Gail Clark of Rolling Meadows and her golden retriever Buddy. for looks most like its owner.
"It was fun because I like to show off my dog, Pixie, and my guinea pig, Peggy," said Arlington Heights resident Jessica Rutkowski, 13. Jessica wore a mustard bottle costume to complement the hot dog costume Pixie wore.
Throughout the show, people and pets enjoyed the beautiful day and had a good time prancing across the stage.