A giant THANK YOU is in order for everyone who either participated in or donated to this year’s Pooch Parade last weekend! The Pooch Parade raised $7,000! Wow!

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The Pooch Parade Welcome Banner

It was a gorgeous morning for a 2-mile walk around Deerfield. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came out to meet new doggy friends, and a few Orphans of the Storm® dogs were there in their donation vests, looking for their new forever home. This post will be more photo-centric, so here are the adoptable dogs who were at the parade:

Pokey Bichon Frise

Pokey, a 4-year-old male Bichon Frise mix

Cha Cha Golden Retriever

Cha Cha, a 10-year-old male Golden Retriever mix

Dustin Black Labrador Retriever Mix

Dustin, a 10-year-old male Labrador Retriever mix (barking hello to the other dogs)

Another adoptable dog is Buddy. If you’ve been following the shelter’s Facebook page, you already know Buddy’s story. Buddy was one of the lucky dogs who benefited from the Tyler Fund and was sent to doggy obedience class, where he graduated with honors. He went straight into his new home. Unfortunately, with times being as hard as they are, Buddy’s new family can’t keep him anymore. So, Buddy is looking for his NEW new home ASAP so he doesn’t have to return to Orphans of the Storm®. He is a happy, happy dog who loves people and other dogs. All he wanted to do at the Pooch Parade was say hello to everyone who came by! He even gave me some doggy kisses. Since he graduated from obedience class, he definitely knows his commands and is eager to learn more. If you or someone you know is looking for a well-trained dog, contact the shelter to meet Buddy!

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Buddy at the Pooch Parade

Speaking of dogs I’ve written about here on Meet the Pooches, I was keeping an eye open for anybody who looked familiar. And I found someone! Back in January, when I did my Call for Interviewees, Rebecca was my first volunteer to tell me about her happy adoption stories. Her family adopted both a cat and a dog from Orphans of the Storm®, and Chloe was proudly marching in the Pooch Parade! I stopped and said hello, happy that I got to meet her in person.

Chloe Pooch Parade

Chloe in her cute little dress

Below are some more pictures from the event. Thank you again to everyone who was there!

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Some of the many raffle prizes

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Participants lined up to turn in their pledge sheets

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People and dogs gathering before the parade

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More people! More dogs!

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The participants at the starting line

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And they’re off!

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There were over 50 dogs in the Pooch Parade!

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On our way down the street

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Walking in front of the Orphans of the Storm® sign

See you at the Pooch Parade next year!

5 responses »

  1. Make sure you let me know about this and other events so I can write articles about them and to help you publicize them in the Chicago Examiner. Send the information to info@maxapooch.com, if you send it to my other email addresses I may not see it.

    • AmyS says:

      Getting updates from the Orphans of the Storm Facebook page is how I keep track of their off-site events. But if I hear about events ahead of time, I will let you know!

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