Illinois Dogs Hunt for Easter Eggs, Benefit Quad City Animal Welfare
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Easter has gone to the dogs
Print publication date: 03/24/2008
By Brian Krans
ROCK ISLAND -- Even a working dog needs a day off.
Polar -- an adopted dog believed to be a goldendoodle -- stood with rabbit ears perched near her while her owner, Pam Davis of Davenport, held her leash tight. Both had white puffy coats. Ms. Davis bought hers to match Polars.
A drenching of sleet followed by heavy snow made them both glad for how they dressed.
They were waiting with about 100 dogs and their owners to scour the lawn for 1,000 Easter egg-shaped dog biscuits Sunday at Hasselroth Park on 78th Avenue.
Seeing Polar dressed up for an occasion isn't something new. She's a therapy dog with regular rounds at both Genesis Medical Center locations in Davenport. It's her job to cheer up people who need it. Once a stray adopted from the Milan animal shelter, Polar became part of the Davis family in September and now works in costume on a regular basis.
"She loves coming to this stuff," Ms. Davis said. "She adores it and loves dressing up."
For 10 years now, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center and Happy Dog Bakery have been hosting an Easter egg hut for dogs. Patti Lane, QCAWC executive director, said considering the weather, the turnout Sunday was fabulous.
"It's just so fun seeing all the breeds," said Allison Woeckener, owner of Happy Dog. Its new location is 1628 15th St. Place, Moline.