It's that time of year again when costumed canines get to "scramble" for eggs during the annual "Hugs for Hounds" doggy Easter egg hunt in Shorewood.
The event will get rolling at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access
, located on Black Road, east of Route 59. The egg hunt will take place in the preserve's dog park.
"Hugs for Hounds" is presented by Shorewood HUGS, a local non-profit women's organization that fulfills wishes and supports other charitable organizations, and the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
Participants are encouraged to bring a basket to collect their pups' Easter eggs, which will be filled with special prizes or doggy treats. More than 3,000 Easter eggs will be scattered in the dog park. Dogs need to touch the treat with their noses or paws before their owners can claim the eggs.
A $5 entry fee per dog will be donated to support the care, feeding and training of the Forest Preserve's K-9, Jullo.
Prizes will be awarded for the best canine Easter outfit, the largest and smallest dogs, dog that traveled the farthest, and dog that looks most like its owner.
Bring your dollars for a doggy Easter basket and gift card drawing. Drawing tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Dogs must be leashed and accompanied by owners at all times. Dog park permits are not required to participate, but permits will be available for purchase. You must have an up-to-date rabies tag number to purchase a permit. Dogs participating in the egg hunt must be current on all vaccinations.
Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, visit Shorewood HUGS' event listing
. Day-of registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the dog park.Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock