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.
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"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.