Egg Hunt for Dogs a cool, fun time

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Mar. 25, 2013
Alex, 5, and her collie, Bella, are all ready for the start of the Parks and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs on March 22. Photos by Steve Smith.
Alex, 5, and her collie, Bella, are all ready for the start of the Parks and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs on March 22. Photos by Steve Smith.

More than 150 canines, and their owners, came out for the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department’s Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs at Riverfront Park on March 23. Braving cooler-than-seasonable temperatures, the dog-and-master teams sought and recovered 6,000 plastic eggs that contained treats, coupons and other prizes, with the proceeds going to the maintenance of the town’s Dog Park, just a bone’s throw away.

Recreation Supervisor Anna Park said the turnout was almost as large as the 2012 event, when temperatures were some 30 degrees warmer, but many canines were from surrounding towns, including Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, and Hebron. At least one group came from Burlington.

“It’s neat to watch all the dogs socialize with each other,” Park said. “There are little dogs, big dogs, and a lot of them are heading over to the dog park afterwards.”

Park said the popularity of the dog park has apparently spread to the other towns – especially those that don’t have the canine recreation areas. “Most of the out-of-towners said they don’t have dog parks in their town, and they just wanted to bring their dogs to socialize,” she said. “That’s great, since one of the things we’re trying to do is bring more awareness of the dog park.”

Anna, 7, a Glastonbury resident, said locating the ovals was indeed fun with her companion, Roscoe, who followed his nose. “He sniffed them first, but there were some he didn’t like,” she said.

Several members of the GHS Key Club also helped out by hiding the eggs, and manning the activity and refreshment tables.

Park said that next year, she and her staff may have to hide more eggs, as they were all found in about 20 minutes this year.

For more information about Parks and Recreation events, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov.


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