For the first time this summer, my readership hit 1,000+ yesterday, and when does that happen? When BEAR writes the blog! I’m getting a serious complex here!
Of course, I’m kidding! I love that my readers are animal lovers, so I hope you’ll enjoy one more post this week that focuses on the furry faces we care about so much.
A wonderful part of the Lilac Festival is the annual Dog & Pony Show. Locals show up with their pets, tourists who have brought their animals to the island get involved, and then there are the people who come to the island just for the Dog & Pony Show – planning costumes a year in advance. Usually the pet owners are dressed in costume to compliment their dogs. It is really a big deal!
Our two furry faces didn’t attend the event because I couldn’t handle a camera and two dogs on leashes, and Ted was working in the Visitor’s Center that afternoon. But Jill and I had a ball watching owners getting their “babies” dressed and then marching single file in front of the judges’ stand. Great fun!
Some dogs didn't seem to mind at all getting all dressed up - even posing for photographs . . .
. . . some, like this longhaired dachshund, weren't too thrilled about it at all . . .
. . . and some were just bored silly.
It really wasn't necessary for your dog or horse to be in costume for the parade, and some owners just brought their beautiful pets "au naturel", like Bucky, this gorgeous Great Pyrenees . . .
. . . and this perfectly matched pair of horses.
This sweet little fella arrived in his own personal "fan-cooled" burley.
Jackie, our neighbor in the Village and wife of Dennis, Mackinac Island's Fire Chief, dressed their dog Elvis up as a Junior Fireman.
These sleek, rescued greyhounds had obviously been to Hawaii before landing on OUR island.
Marge, who with husband Rich run the Cottage Inn, brought their Cocker Spaniel, Joe Cocker. This baby is lucky to be with us this summer, after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona in March.
Two chic little pampered pets are always better than one!
By the time the parade started at 1 p.m., a huge crowd had gathered around the judges' stand in front of the library.
Not every parade is blessed with location like this one - on the boardwalk just off the shores of Lake Huron, beautiful blue sky, cool lake breeze, and the Mackinac Bridge in the background.
Well, it IS called a Dog & Pony Show - so what could be better than a dog riding a pony!
A furry Leprechaun!
These two in-training Leader Dogs for the Blind . . .
. . . were followed by this second group. Leader Dogs for the Blind is based in Rochester Hills, MI, and these volunteers have taken puppies - and some adult dogs - to raise in their homes for approximately one year, in preparation for their lives as dog guides. These raisers will teach the dogs house manners, basic obedience and will socialize the dog by taking it into the community on a regular basis. Participating in the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Show is part of their socialization training.
Three "Age of Aquarius" Boston Terriers.
“A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” . . . O.A. Battista