Everyone's an alpha dog at Easter egg hunts in Wood Dale and St. Charles

  • Charlie Carroll of Wood Dale looks for just the right egg during the Doggie Egg Hunt in Wood Dale Saturday.

    Charlie Carroll of Wood Dale looks for just the right egg during the Doggie Egg Hunt in Wood Dale Saturday. Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Kathy Martinez and her dog Trinity of Wood Dale sport their bunny ears at the Doggie Egg Hunt Saturday in Wood Dale.

    Kathy Martinez and her dog Trinity of Wood Dale sport their bunny ears at the Doggie Egg Hunt Saturday in Wood Dale. Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Serena and Iggy Bai of Wood Dale get their photo taken with the Easter bunny during the Doggie Egg Hunt Saturday.

    Serena and Iggy Bai of Wood Dale get their photo taken with the Easter bunny during the Doggie Egg Hunt Saturday. Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Amy Bishop and Sierra work on picking up eggs during the Doggie Egg Hunt in Wood Dale Saturday. Sierra was not too excited.

    Amy Bishop and Sierra work on picking up eggs during the Doggie Egg Hunt in Wood Dale Saturday. Sierra was not too excited. Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • The Easter egg hunt for dogs starts Saturday at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles.

    The Easter egg hunt for dogs starts Saturday at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Kat Corden of St. Charles helps her dog Madison with eggs that they found Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles.

    Kat Corden of St. Charles helps her dog Madison with eggs that they found Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Audrey Sheehy of Elgin gets some help from her dog Voodoo Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles.

    Audrey Sheehy of Elgin gets some help from her dog Voodoo Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Voodoo is on the prowl for eggs Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles.

    Voodoo is on the prowl for eggs Saturday at the Easter egg hunt for dogs at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/19/2016 6:39 PM

Such an impossible choice. A delectable Easter egg with something delicious inside? Or sniffing the posterior of that friendly bichon frise?

Both was the verdict of the dog packs that devoured treats and socialized with buddies at several Easter egg hunts for canines Saturday in the suburbs.

 

It didn't take long for Baloo, a rambunctious Samoyed, to get cracking at the Wood Dale Park District's Doggie Egg Hunt.

Bounding about like a rabbit with a plastic orange egg in his mouth, Baloo was too busy fraternizing with the assorted greyhounds, terriers and retrievers to eat the dog treats inside.

"He's more into the socializing," owner Nicole Bongiovanni explained.

A county away at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles, Voodoo, the German shorthaired pointer, was all business.

Not only did she find 15 or so eggs and nosh on the biscuits inside, the pointer then turned her attention to a box full of empty plastic eggs ... just in case.

The Daily Herald strapped on a dog-cam to Voodoo's back and found she did "go fast and furious," as owner Karin Sheehy of Elgin explained. "She's a bird dog."

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"She ate them all," daughter Audrey, 12, said.

There were some exceptions, though. Back in Wood Dale, Millie, the dachshund mix, was all bark and no eggs.

"She sniffed them and moved on," said owner Mark Winger of Wood Dale as Millie yipped disdainfully. "She's an elitist."

Meanwhile, dogs Sláinte, Neil and Trinity made up in eggs what they lacked in size.

Decked out in coats of pink or blue with color-coordinated bunny ears as accessories, the diminutive trio had racked up a giant omelet's worth of eggs.

All three are rescue dogs, who suffered under previous owners, and that's what made Saturday's outing especially sweet, owners Arty and Kathy Martinez of Wood Dale said.

"When they're in their cages (at shelters) they're very lonely," Arty Martinez said. "I think (rescue) dogs appreciate (things) more."

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