On Saturday, Oak Parkers marched from Mills Park to downtown with their pets, real and stuffed. From Great Danes to parrots to a dragon toy belonging to a boy in a Draco Malfoy robe, it was an animal-themed block party on Marion Street.

There were carnival games for children and tents with treats for everyone. Sirius Cooks, from Harrison Street, had a doggie buffet table. Trader Joe’s offered free cat-shaped cookies to passersby.

Of course, almost everyone at the block party brought a dog. Dogs were everywhere, down to a Chihuahua in a pink dress.

Even the rain couldn’t drive pet lovers away. Most people just whipped out umbrellas and kept on walking their dogs. A kitten cage was draped in a protective cover.

Music was provided by guitar teacher Annette Fritts and her student band, Guitar Cat. A portion of the proceeds went to Animal Care League.

Sage Pope, 12, is the preteen publisher we featured in a January story. She puts together a paper for family and friends called The Oak Park Times. Her sister, Olivia, 10, is the Times photographer. Wednesday Journal is pleased that Sage and Olivia will be occasional contributors.

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