It was a perfect day for the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade! Like last year’s post, this will be more photo-focused, but I of course have to talk about my pooch companion: Emilio!

I met Emilio and his kennelmate Sassy a few weeks ago at the shelter, and I was thrilled to learn that I would be walking Emilio in the Pooch Parade. Emilio is pretty much great at everything. He was great at riding in the car, he was great with every single dog he met at the Pooch Parade (and there were a ton!), and he was great with all of the people who came over to meet him. Emilio is great with kids, too. He got his fair share of hugs from a little boy and a young girl, and was an absolute angel with both of them. You should have seen the smile on the girl’s face when Emilio gave her a doggy kiss.

Emilio loving all the attention

Emilio loving all the attention

Emilio is also great at walking on the leash. He was even leading the way with Half Pint at the beginning of the parade (but then we let some other people and dogs get ahead of us because we didn’t know the route!). Emilio, being a Jack Russell Terrier mix, went into tracker mode when he heard a rustle in the bushes we passed at one point. I’m not sure if it was a chipmunk or a bird or what, but boy was Emilio standing at attention! But then he realized we were being passed up and he returned to trotting along the sidewalk.

Emilio and Half Pint got off to a quick start

Emilio and Half Pint got off to a quick start

Emilio also loves belly rubs and rolling in the grass. In fact, before the parade started he was rolling around in the grass so much that he wiggled right out of his adoption vest! (I think that was his goal, actually. Sneaky Emilio!) He gets the sweetest look of pure happiness on his face when he’s getting his belly rubbed.

Since Emilio and the other dogs at the shelter spend most of their time in their kennel, Emilio wasn’t used to all of this exercise. A two-mile walk probably feels a lot longer when you have little legs like Emilio. He kept up a solid walking pace throughout the entire parade, but once we were back at the park he found a shady spot underneath a picnic table and took a 20-minute nap while the pledge and raffle prizes were being awarded. After his nap, he was completely rejuvenated and started running around to say hello to more people and dogs.

Emilio pooped out post-parade

Emilio pooped out post-parade

In summary, Emilio=great. What is he still doing at the shelter???

Some of the other Orphans of the Storm® dogs who participated in the parade were Kelly (who you can read more about here), Sonny, and Bronco.

Sonny smiling for the camera

Sonny smiling for the camera

Half Pint getting hydrated before the parade

Half Pint getting hydrated before the parade

A group of helpful volunteers

A group of helpful volunteers

The registration table

The registration table

The banner welcoming everyone to the Pooch Parade

The banner welcoming everyone to the Pooch Parade

Chalk decorations on the sidewalk

Chalk decorations on the sidewalk

The crowd was growing!

The crowd was growing!

More pooches and more people

More pooches and more people

The starting line

The starting line

Everybody lining up at the starting line

Everybody lining up at the starting line

And we're off!

And we’re off!

Rounding the first corner

Rounding the first corner

Making our way along the parade route

Making our way along the parade route

Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and participants who made this year’s Pooch Parade a *great* success! And be sure to check out more photos and a slideshow on the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page.

And if you and your pooch happen to be at the Art Festival at the Glen Town Center in Glenview this weekend (August 10-11), be sure to stop by the Orphans of the Storm® cooling center for some water!

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