120 dachshunds make new friends at fundraiser

  • Dachshund owners and their pets gather together for a group photo during the Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser and get together at Central Bark in Grayslake on Sunday.

      Dachshund owners and their pets gather together for a group photo during the Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser and get together at Central Bark in Grayslake on Sunday. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jill Blasdel-Cortus holds her dachshund, Gypsy, during the Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser and get together at Central Bark in Grayslake on Sunday.

      Jill Blasdel-Cortus holds her dachshund, Gypsy, during the Luck of the Irish Dachshund fundraiser and get together at Central Bark in Grayslake on Sunday. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Corrinne Hess
Daily Herald Staff
Published3/10/2008 12:08 AM

Like many of us, Turbo is finding himself with some extra baggage around the middle these days.

On Sunday, the person who loves him most decided to do something about it.

 

Turbo's little legs got quite a workout at Central Bark in Grayslake, where the 4-year-old dog joined 120 of his fellow dachshunds for a day of play and fundraising.

"We've been cooped up all winter and it was time to get out," said Turbo's owner, Alison Roux of Munster, Ind. "This is his first organized social event."

The Suburban Chicagoland Dachshund Lovers group sponsored the St. Patrick's Day-themed get-together to raise money for Midwest Dachshund Rescue, Dachshund Rescue of North America, Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society and Dachshund Orthopedic Disc Group E-mail Resource.

"We have monthly get-togethers and host three fundraisers per year," said organizer Patti Triola. "This is by far our biggest event and I'm just ecstatic about the number of dogs here."

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The event is a great way for her dogs, Wrigley and Addison, to socialize, Roberta Merwin of St. Charles said.

While Wrigley ran around with new friends, Addison mostly stuck close to Merwin -- that is, until a neighbor pulled out a few treats.

"Oh, look at them now," Merwin said. "They are going to sleep the whole way home."

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