Goold Park in Morris was filled with doggies dressed in their Easter best Saturday for the annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt.
About 1,000 plastic eggs filled with dog treats were hidden around the park for the dogs to sniff out. Every year, Bonnie Latta of Bone-ifide Care Pet Services sponsors the event. More than 50 dogs attended the hunt this year.
"I do it because people like to go to events they can bring their dogs to," Latta said. "This is an event where you can bring out the whole family."
The event began eight years ago and has become the tradition Latta hoped it would be for families.
Linda and Bill Wilson, of Morris, have attended the egg hunt with their toy poodles, Buddy and June Bug, for at least six years.
"These guys like to have a little fun," Bill Wilson said.
Saturday morning, the Wilsons' dogs were thrilled to take their annual field trip.
"I told them we were going to go hunt Easter eggs at the park, and they got so excited," Linda Wilson said. "I think they remembered from the years before."
Short Stack and Abby, both mini doxies, along with Cody, a pug, came to the egg hunt in full costume, complete with their own pairs of bunny ears.
Their owners, Jack and Maureen Jurisic, of Joliet, Ill., spend a lot of time in Morris and have been to the hunt a couple times.
"They love it. It's a great time with all the other dogs," said Maureen Jurisic, as she carried Abby in an Easter basket.
The three small dogs combed the grass for any eggs the bigger dogs left behind.
There were more than enough eggs for all the four-legged friends. This year, the dog who got the most found 35 eggs. During the first year of the event, a dog found 91 eggs.
"It's always the beagles who get the most," Latta said.
Karen McCluckie's beagle, Daisy, was not quite as successful. She left with one egg. Daisy is not very social, McCluckie said, but she has fun at the event every year.
"It's something fun to do," said McCluckie, of Chicago. "Our family is all here with their dogs. It's nice to see the other dogs."
This was the second year the Easter Bunny was on hand for pictures with the dogs and their families. The Morris local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs takes pictures of the dogs with the Easter Bunny as a fundraiser for its scholarships. Sarah Peterson, owner of Dutch Girl Photography in Morris, donates her time and services for the event.
Latta hopes to keep the event growing and is thinking of adding a "coffee with your canine" portion to the egg hunt.
"There's always new faces, new dogs and then there are some who have been here every year," Latta said.
For more information on Bone-ifide Care Pet Services, visit www.bone-ifide.com.