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Dogs sniff out Easter eggs

POSTED: March 26, 2008 5:01 a.m.
TOM REED/The Times

A mixed breed dog named Sammie sniffs at plastic Easter eggs to see if they might contain dog treats during the Easter Bone Hunt on Saturday at Laurel Park.

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Easter came early for many Hall County dogs on Saturday morning.

Hall County Parks and Leisure held the third annual Easter Bone Hunt in Laurel Bark Park in which 15 pooches hunted for 200 hidden plastic eggs containing dog treats. Additional eggs contained certificates for gifts such as dog bowls and travel packs.

Though the event had been scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. until noon, all of the eggs were found within a matter of minutes.

Marci Summer, facility manager of South Hall Community Center, said that the hunt "does pretty well" every year. Summer brought one of her three dogs, Cherokee, a border collie mix.

"She’s a very social dog and this gives her a chance to be around other dogs," Summer said.

Beth Elrod of Hoschton brought her dogs, Scrappy, a Jack Russell terrier, and Scooby, a boxer and German shepherd mix. Although her dogs did not find any prize eggs, she said they found eggs containing treats.

"We had fun, we always do. They’re my kids, they love to run around in the park, too," Elrod said.

Austin Brown of Jackson County brought his dog, Luna, a long-haired Chihuahua, who found five or six eggs containing treats. Brown said he attended the hunt last year and enjoyed it.

"I just wanted to have fun with my dog ... It’s a new experience, it’s unique," Brown said. "The dogs all seemed to enjoy it every year. I hope they continue to it."

Katie Nuckolls, program coordinator for Hall County Parks and Leisure, is trying to get more dog events planned in Hall County and is hoping to work with the Hall County Humane Society.

"I just love dogs," Nuckolls said.



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