Dogs of many breeds meet and greet at Westminster Place’s Pet-A-Palooza. Submitted Photo

Every dog has its day, and the Second Annual Pet-A-Palooza  at Westminster Place retirement community might just be it for local canines. Whether pretty, petite, performer or party animal, a pet parade and fun competitions will allow dogs to strut their stuff. This free event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 on the Westminster Place campus of Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant St.  

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will offer opening remarks and a blessing of the animals by Chaplain Janet Aldridge will kick-off of the pet parade. New this year is a petting zoo featuring rabbits, ducks, llamas, sheep and other barnyard animals.

Grandparents, grandkids and grand-dogs are invited to shop at the pet products vendor market or adopt a dog or kitten from Orphans of the Storm, C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort) and As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue groups. A raffle will take place featuring prizes donated by area businesses.
Last year’s Pet-A-Palooza drew more than 300 people from Westminster Place and the local community. 

Other attractions include crafts for kids, massages for dogs by the Chicago School of Canine Massage and a dog obedience demonstration by Sit Means Sit Dog Training. Local restaurant Little Island will be supplying the hot dogs and other refreshments for purchase.

Pets must be on a leash, have a current rabies immunization, and be in good health. Pet owners are responsible for their pet’s actions and must clean up after them (bags supplied). Participants in the pet parade and the contests are asked to stop at the registration desk. More information is available by calling Debbie Seiller at 847-570-3439.