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Doggie Bone Hunt tail-wagging fun for masters and dogs
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Doggie Bone Hunt tail-wagging fun for masters and dogs

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More than 40 pooches, with help from their owners, sniffed out 500 Easter eggs filled with treats and other prizes during the third annual Doggie Bone Hunt Saturday (April 9) at Memorial Park in Brentwood.

The event was cosponsored by the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department, Mid-County Family YMCA and the Animal Protective Association.

Liz Christman, program director at the Mid-County Family YMCA, said the event first started when a former program director heard of a similar event in California and wanted to start one here.

"People and the dogs really love it," she said.

"We get people coming every year from all over, as far away as Chesterfield and Jefferson County," Christman said.

Tracey Whitaker, program coordinator for Brentwood Parks and Recreation, said that agency had done a similar event last year in cooperation with Richmond Heights, but decided this year to team up with the YMCA and APA to avoid duplication of effort.

"Any activity that involves animals, people are all over it," said Whitaker, who brought her own golden retriever, Macey, 5.

Sarah Burton, boyfriend Travis Partney, and roommate Kourtney Lamb, of Brentwood, brought mixed breed dogs Heidi, 6, Susie, 7, and Doofus, 5.

"I saw this online, and it seemed ridiculously cute," Burton said.

Robin Wood, special events coordinator for the APA, said the organization, each year, brings some of its adoptable dogs to the event.

This year, Jincin, a 1-year-old rat terrier, and Jake, a 3-year-old border collie mix, were wearing red coats, advertising their availability.

"At the APA, we're all about bringing people and pets together," Wood said.

Ron Steinschriber, of Richmond Heights, came with black Labrador Darcy, 3, only because he saw an advertising banner "and knew Darcy'd love this."

"We'll definitely come back next year," he said.

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