Sign up for fun walk at Dog-toberfest Sept. 17
The ninth annual Dog-toberfest will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Deicke Park, Route 47 and Mill Street in Huntley. Admission and parking are free. It will be held rain or shine.
The second annual Leashes & Legs 1-mile fun walk will begin at 1 p.m. and follow a winding limestone and asphalt path through the park leading you right to the Dog-tober Fest event grounds. Registration is $10 per person and can be done at the Huntley Park District or on-site until 12:40 p.m. on the day of Dog-tober Fest. The first 100 paid registrants will receive a participant's gift. Dogs are optional. Dogs accompanying their owners must be on a 6 foot or shorter leash and under the control at all times.
The West Burb Wieners will be hosting Doxie races at 3 p.m. in the demo field. Cheer on these little spit fires as they race for fun prizes and the title of fastest wiener. Have speedster at home? All Doxies are welcome! For a small donation to the West Burb Wieners Benevolent Society, your Doxie can join in the fun!
F.Y. D. O. Land in Huntley will host a Doggie Playland. This free play area is open all well-socialized dogs. For your pet's enjoyment and safety, the play area will be monitored by FYDOLand's Pet Pals. Bring FYDO out for some treats from some of local bakeries, then let them make some new friends or romp with old ones. The play area will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver before their dogs can enter.
In an early celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4), Rev. Michelle McNamara will offer a pet blessing. This nondenominational blessing is one of the highlights of the event.
There also will be pet service and retail booths, rescue and shelter groups, doggy photo booth, wiener dog races, and pet blessings, as well as games and raffles.