This past Saturday and Sunday, dog parents were able to take their canines to one of two of the Two Bostons stores to get their pet photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Downtown location and Sunday at their 75th Street Springbrook location; both events were conducted from Noon until 3:00 p.m.
Pet parents from all around walked (or drug) their beloved four-legged companions out for what is supposed to be a day of delight for their friends. To many dogs, though (including my Quantum Leap), it is a day of fear. No matter how many treats I provide him, he still looks at the animated rabbit and quakes from the top of his head to the tip of his tail (not doing too much better with Santa Claus)! What is it about animals and small children that cause them to fear these animated beings so much?
While it is easier to convince young children (through a series of activities) that these are good and friendly beings, it is not as easy with canines. They don’t watch videos or get that these huge beings are not there to hurt them. It will have to come from you; sometimes staying near helps, sometimes you have to be present in the photo, sometimes you have to give the dog a break and not go at all. But for the sake of my articles and to bring attention to one of my favorite stores and favorite shelters, Q will be present (albeit with some extra special coaxing from me!).
The day was wonderful, many dogs and dog parents were in Downtown Naperville on Saturday (hope just as many arrived on Sunday) to take part in this festive springtime celebration. A big thank you goes out to the wonderful volunteers from A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville for being present and helping out so profusely with the day’s activities. It is so good to witness the community activism in animal sheltering. A.D.O.P.T. goes above and beyond!
Speaking of going above and beyond, how about Andy and AdreAnne Tesene and their great pet crews? This bunch really knows how to embrace animals and celebrate them in a vast variety of ways that include people of all ages. Animals far and near love you all!
Hope you were able to join the throngs this weekend and get your pooch’s candid with the Easter Bunny while he was visiting the good folks at Two Bostons. Whether or your dog truly enjoys the visit is one thing, but knowing you are building memories while helping other animals less fortunate than yours is saying something else entirely.
Hoppy Easter Week!